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Important facts about artificial sweeteners

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 2:15 AM

The holiday season will prompt us to look for ways to cut calories but still enjoy all our favored foods. Be careful in the choices you make. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, Splenda, and sugar alcohols may be giving false hope.


Artificial sweeteners increase your risk for diabesity (diabetes & obesity). Studies clearly show sugar substitutes potentially can increase you risk for weight gain, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Citing the results of only two of multiple studies showing this effect, results show artificially sweetened food slowed metabolism and triggered consumption of more calories leading to weight gain. Yes, weight gain from artificial sweetener! In another study consumption of artificial sweeteners lead to an increase of body fat by 14% in just two weeks, despite eating fewer calories.


Artificial sweeteners have the ability to rewire your brain chemistry and metabolism. This happens because your taste buds are stimulated into believing they are tasting real sugar. With artificial sweeteners being as much as 1000 times sweeter than sugar, the body increases insulin production, your fat-storage hormone. Results? Metabolism slows, you become hungry more quickly, you are prone to eat more (especially simple sugar or starchy carbs), and increased belly fat occurs. The downward spiral continues as the slowed metabolism causes less calorie burn on a daily basis. These further impedes the ability to loos weight, or maintain a healthy weight.


Finally, artificial sweeteners are highly addictive. Unfortunately, sugar and artificial sweeteners activate a portion of the brain linked to addictive behavior. MRI scans have conclusively shown the portion of the brain stimulated by cocaine use or alcohol abuse, is also stimulated by sugar and artificial sweeteners. This helps to explain why we literally “crave more” of items with sugar and artificial sweeteners.


A 14 year study of 66,118 women published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition clearly showed the impact of artificial sweeteners in soda. Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda a week had a 33% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and women who drank one 20-ounce soda a week had a 66% increased risk. Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar-sweetened sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive than regular sugar. The average diet soda drinker consumes three diet drinks a day.


Break the cycle of self-talk that artificial sweeteners are somehow a pass to avoid the negative impacts of eating too much sugar. Decades of research have proven time and again this is not the case. It is you health at stake, make informed food and drink decisions.


Dianna Richardson, ND 12/8/2015 “Achieving wellness through awareness”

Healthy Spices

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 1:25 AM

Fennel seeds: strong antioxidant properties; kaempferol quercetin and rutin, (known to reduce inflammation and effectively remove harmful free radicals in the body, thus protecting from cancers, aging, infections and degenerative neurological diseases); rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, iron, magnesium, copper, calcium, zinc and selenium.


Cinnamon: contains strong antibacterial properties.; is effective in fighting ulcer-causing stomach bacteria such H. pylori and other pathogens; Ceylon cinnamon has been shown to lowers cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and balance female hormones.


Star Anise: contains strong antiviral properties; has antiseptic, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.


Cloves: contains a concentrated amount of a powerful anti-inflammatory– eugenol; Eugenol has local anesthetic and antiseptic properties; high levels of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B-6, riboflavin and beta-carotene.


Peppercorns: strong antioxidants; effective diuretic with the ability to naturally “heat” up the body, increase metabolic rate and encourage the body to sweat as a natural way of eliminating toxins.


Cardamom: has long been used to treat digestive issues. Research has also shown blood clot preventing properties. It is high in manganese with small amounts of fiber, iron, vitamins C & A, thiamine, potassium & zinc.

Health Tip for Viruses

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 1:40 AM

Health Tip:

If you do not have immediate access to hand sanitizing the elbow or or upper arm is considered a good choice to block a sneeze or cough. Covering the mouth and containing airborne germs helps reduce the spread of illness. However, then it is important to not touch those areas with hands. A cold, flu or other rhinovirus can live for up to several days on fabric and other porous surfaces. Hard surfaces will maintain the viruses (depending on strain) for hours up to a week. This makes the hands still a good choice to cover the mouth, as the range of viruses are generally nullified in time frames ranging from a few minutes to a few hours. It is a good choice if you have access to immediate hand sanitation to keep all viruses under control this season!

Cold & Flu Season

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 1:35 AM

Cold & Flu Season…

Fall brings the joys of color, comfortable weather, social gatherings and generally a high activity time here in the Midwest. Unfortunately, it also marks the beginning of cold and flu season. Rather than becoming a statistic this year, try the following suggestions and listen to your body.


There are three major components to avoiding illness this fall— hand washing, maintaining a strong immune system, and adequate rest.


Viruses enter the body through touch or inhalations. This is why proper and repeated hand washing is more important than ever to halt the spread of germs. Of equal importance is to cover one’s mouth when sneezing or coughing and then immediately washing hands. Avoid touching the face. We touch other objects that may contain viruses. Contact between the hands and face then allows transference through the mucus membranes (nose, eyes, mouth).


Maintaining a strong immune system is multipoint. Our strongest defense comes from eating nutrient rich foods and reducing processed sugars. This time of year our red, orange/yellow, and green vegetables are more important than ever. Nature has provided us a wealth of fall root and gourd vegetables along with late greens containing high levels of vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, B-complexes, potassium, and antioxidant rich flavonoids. Do not overlook the flavorful herbs and spices used in cooking, as they also contain immune boosting properties. (NOTE: you will absorb more of the essential nutrients from food than from vitamin supplements.)


Another important part of immunity is flushing toxins from the body. This means adequate water intakes to remove potential issues that could lead to illness. Fall brings opportunity to enjoy the benefits of warm herbal teas as well to boost immunity and fight illness. Watch alcohol consumption at social gatherings, as it may have a negative impact on immunity.


Fall is the doorway into a busy time of the year for most people. Gatherings, holidays, and social demands can place extra stress on the body. Stress reduction and adequate sleep are essential in maintaining a strong immune system to fight against colds and flu. While each person may require differing amounts of sleep, strive for no less than 6 hours nightly. Research has shown this is the minimal amount to maintain body systems and avoid imbalances. If needed, use relaxation techniques to ensure adequate rest or consider melatonin to promote a good night’s sleep.


Stress can quickly deplete immunity and lead to a fall filled with sniffles and sneezes. Try not to overbook your activities. Feeling overwhelmed leads to trying harder to meet an unreasonable list of demands on your time. This is a self-defeating cycle. Instead manage your commitments at a comfortable level. Prioritize activity and maintain healthy stress. Make time to unwind and unplug from work, social obligations, a daily life. Even as little as 15 minutes daily to “turn off” the world around you makes a tremendous difference!


Use these basics and have a healthy fun filled fall!

Asthma triggers you may not have considered

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Asthma triggers you may not have considered…


For those suffering asthma, the sudden sensation of tightening chest and loss of ability to breathe normally is quite frightening. While an asthmatic is encouraged from diagnosis to watch for and avoid attack frequency, unknown triggers appearing at random are hard to identify. Here are some triggers you may not have considered.


Thunderstorms

Research has found that emergency room treatments for asthma symptoms increase dramatically following thunderstorms. While the exact correlation is unclear, it is believe to be linked to the high levels of pollen released into the air during a thunderstorm.


Laughter or Crying

Extreme emotions can trigger an asthma attack due to the changing of breathing patterns and restriction of airflow. Laughter or crying creates a situation similar to hyperventilation. Just as exercise hyperventilation creates an environment for an asthma attack so can intense laughter or crying.


Stress

As the feeling of being completely overwhelmed hits an asthmatic person, so can an asthma attack. For asthmatics, that shortness of breath could be the beginning of a full-fledged asthma attack — unless they are able to take a step back and relax. Stress also can cause people who don't have asthma to develop asthma symptoms.

Food additives

Preservatives, food colorings, and flavorings have the potential to cause asthma attacks in some people. Some of the most common include sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite, potassium metabisulfite, and sodium sulfite. Some people may also find nitrates found in deli meat are also an attack trigger. NSAIDS and Acetaminophen About 10% of people with asthma are reactive to NSAIDS (ibuprofen-Advil or Motrin, naproxen-Aleve, aspirin). These people will see a worsening of asthma symptoms after taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. While acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not a NSAID it still seems to be connected to asthma occurrence. Asthmatics who have had acetaminophen more frequently as a child seem to be more reactive to the drug.


Acid reflux or GERD

The backing up of acid can cause a hyperreaction in the airways. This in turn can trigger an asthma attack. Acid reflux can be hard to diagnose as an asthma trigger and must be treated differently by focusing on relieving the reflux rather than the asthma symptoms.


Alcohol

Yes, that relaxing glass of wine or beer can be triggering your asthma attack. Why? Each contains sulfites know to increase asthma symptoms and attacks. While this is not a promotion for consuming hard liquor, the ethanol in hard liquor has been found to improve asthma by relaxing the airways.


Traffic

Stuck in rush hour traffic? If you are an asthmatic, keep that rescue inhaler handy. Pollutants and fumes belched out by cars can cause you to experience an asthma attack. If you live in an urban area, be sure to check air quality forecasts before heading out on your morning commute.


Air fresheners and Scented Candles

While these items bring wonderful fragrances to the home, they may also bring asthma triggers as well. About 20 percent of the population and 34 percent of people with asthma report health problems from air fresheners. Why? The products — even some marked all-natural — can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde, limonene, esters and alcohols which, at high concentrations, can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, and dizziness.

Adrenal Myths

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Adrenals… I had the pleasure of attending a webinar this week focused on the adrenal glands. The information presented has really caused a step back and some rethinking on this subject.

Three myths about the adrenal glands…

1. Adrenal glands get fatigued (yes, I hear the screams but read on.)

2. Your adrenals need medication to return to normal function.

3. If you develop adrenal stress you are stuck with it.


#1 Adrenal fatigue

While stress can affect your adrenal glands, the glands are not fatigued. Fatigued indicates the glands are not producing enough cortisol. This is where confusion comes into play. The terms adrenal stress and adrenal fatigue are used interchangeably, which is incorrect.


If the adrenal glands are not producing enough cortisol or have stopped producing cortisol, you should be checked for Addison’s disease. This is the disease that results in adrenal insufficiency. Addison’s is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks and destroys the adrenal glands. It is affects 1 in 100,000 people. Other than the slowing of cortisol production as the glands are destroyed, adrenal fatigue does not exist.


Now adrenal stress on the other hand is just the opposite and very real. The adrenal glands are producing too much cortisol. This is a very real condition resulting in the adrenal rhythms becoming unstable and affecting many other body systems. The adrenal glands work as part of several glands that control our energy and metabolism. As a whole, this group of glands is known of as the HPA (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal) axis. When we are healthy, this system is able to gently adjust the rhythm of adrenal hormones to meet our immediate needs. When the natural rhythm of adrenal hormones is interrupted, the condition is called HPA stress or more simply, adrenal stress.


In the last decade alone over 930 studies have documented your health is linked to the integrity of your adrenal rhythms. Some familiar signs of these rhythms being out of sync are fatigue, unexplained weight gain (easily gained), frequent illness, and it can lead to a shorter lifespan. There are a large number of factors unique to modern life can make adrenal stress more of a problem today than ever before. These commonly include:

 

  1. Processed foods Shift work (erratic schedules)
  2. Electromagnetic fields
  3. Environmental toxins
  4. Inadequate sleep
  5. Poor Stress Management

 

Do you find yourself anxious after dinner? Do you wake at 2 am with your mind racing? Do your energy levels suddenly drop in the afternoon, making you force yourself to get through the rest of the day? Are you suffering weight loss resistance? If you can answer yes to these questions, then adrenal stress may be playing a role in your health status.


Myth #2 You need lots of pills, herbs or supplements to correct this…


Unless you are suffering a condition causing the adrenals to not produce cortisol, it is not necessary to pump yourself full of pills, herbs, or anything else. In myth #1 we established adrenal stress is the over production of cortisol. Reseting your adrenal glands can be obtained through measures that do not include medication. (I know the opposite of what you have been told.)


Since the cause of the problem is factors that disrupt our rhythms, the cure is to help restore these rhythms to their proper patterns (sounds logical). The prior list gives you some places to start looking at potential causes. Make sure you are getting at least 6-8 hours sleep per day. Avoid processed foods completely to help detox and reset the adrenals. Strategic use sunlight is one of the best-documented ways to help.


1. Within the first hour after you wake of a morning, expose yourself to sunlight or a light box emitting at least 10,000 lux. Do not wear sunglasses, do not look directly at the light, and do this for at least 30 minutes.

2. Change the bulbs in the bedroom to under 40 watts of red colored light. If you read before bed use only this low level red light. For the last 50 minutes of your day only expose yourself to this red light.

3. Make sure all outside light is blocked in the bedroom. Cover any lights on thermostats or alarm clocks. Any nightlights should have low watt red bulbs.


Myth #3 You are stuck with this condition…


Adrenal stress is correctible! It should not be a long drawn out process. Dr. Christianson experienced a 50% rhythm improvement using diet alone within one month. This was during a clinical trial. In future posts I will discuss the basics of using what you eat and when you eat it to reset your adrenal rhythms and restore your health. Adrenal stress did not happen over night, but it is possible to reset your rhythms in a short time.


References:

1. Nippoldt T. Mayo Clinic office visit. Adrenal fatigue. An interview with Todd Nippoldt, M.D. Mayo Clin Womens Healthsource. 2010 Mar;14(3):6.

2. Husebye ES, Allolio B, Arlt W, Badenhoop K, Bensing S, Betterle C, Falorni A, Gan EH, Hulting AL, Kasperlik-Zaluska A, Kämpe O, Løvås K, Meyer G, Pearce SH. (2014). Consensus statement on the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with primary adrenal insufficiency. Journal of Internal Medicine. 275(2): 104-115. doi: 10.1111/joim.12162.

3. Tomas C1, Newton J1, Watson S2.(2013). A review of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in chronic fatigue syndrome. ISRN Neuroscience. Sept. 30;2013:784520. doi: 10.1155/2013/784520. eCollection 2013.

4. Frodl T, O'Keane V. How does the brain deal with cumulative stress? (2013). A review with focus on developmental stress, HPA axis function and hippocampal structure in humans. Neurobiology Dis. 2013;52:24-37.

5. Lieverse R, Nielen MM, Veltman DJ, Uitdehaag BM, van Someren EJ, Smit JH, et al. Bright light in elderly subjects with nonseasonal major depressive disorder: a double blind randomised clinical trial using early morning bright blue light comparing dim red light treatment. Trials 2008;9:48.

6. Christianson, Alan (2015). Adrenal Reset. AANMC Webinar.

Seasonal Allergies�?�

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 3:00 AM

As snow still flies in parts of the country (world) it is the beginning of allergy season here in the Midwest. Allergies are an abnormal immune response that produces a wide range of symptoms (e.g. hives, asthma, anaphylactic shock and death). The most common allergic condition is hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis), which is an allergic reaction of the nasal passages and airways to windborne pollens. Ragweed pollen accounts for about 75% of all hay fever cases in the United States. Other significant pollens that induce hay fever include various grass and tree pollens. The first tree pollens are beginning to appear with the tale tail signs of yellow and green films covering everything outside.

So what’s the culprit in your life? Typically, in spring, it’s usually due to tree pollens; if it develops in the summer, grass and weed pollens are usually the culprits. If hay fever symptoms persist year-round, this is perennial allergic rhinitis. This form of hay fever may or may not be due to pollens. While the most frequent response is to use an antihistamine, keep in mind this is only treating symptoms. Here are a few suggestions to try instead.

Track the pollen count in your area and try to stay indoors when pollen counts are highest.

If you have been outside and are prone to allergies, shower immediately when coming inside.

Get a neti pot at your local health food store or pharmacy. Wash your nasal passages with a saline solution twice per day.

Equip your home with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters designed to capture allergens.

Use fish oils. Fish oil will reduce the inflammation associated with allergies. he dosage is 1,000 mg EPA and DHA per day.

Allergy immunizations have been beneficial to some people but take time (sometimes up to 3 years) to be effective. An alternative is acupuncture at the beginning of allergy season. Not a fan of needles? Try homeopathic preparations designed to build immunity to allergens.

Answer that buzzing...

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Answer that buzzing…

Call it ringing, roaring, buzzing, or hissing, for those suffering the constant noise tinnitus is no pleasant matter. Millions of people suffer from this condition commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears.” Severe tinnitus can affect hearing, working, and sleeping. The cause of this condition may be from prolonged exposure to loud noise. People working with mechanical equipment often suffer this condition. Likewise, construction workers and others exposed to continual loud noise without hearing protection may develop tinnitus. Another source of exposure is headphones and ear buds transmitting loud music. But all cases are not from being exposed to loud noise.


Certain drugs benzodiazepines and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as aspirin and ibuprofen can cause tinnitus when used on a regular basis. Tinnitus may also be a symptom of other health issues, such as allergies, high or low blood pressure, tumors, and problems in the heart, blood vessels, jaw, or neck. A correctable cause of tinnitus occurs when a person is dehydrated. The rebalancing of lost electrolytes usually resolves this type of ringing.


If a cause can be identified and eliminated, that is the easiest way to stop the ringing. However, if the sound is the result of long term exposure to noise some eardrum damage may have already occurred. Some studies have shown that supplementing with magnesium may help in these cases (150–250 mg three times daily).


If you have recent onset of tinnitus (less than 3 years), Ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) may help. The recommended dosage of GBE for tinnitus is 240–320 mg per day.


Two vitamin deficiencies are also linked to tinnitus. The first is zinc. Supplementation with zinc (20–30 mg per day) can relieve or eliminate tinnitus in those with zinc deficiency. Next is B-12 deficiency.


Nearly half of all tinnitus patients are deficient in this key vitamin. Many people with low B12 levels experience complete resolution of their tinnitus when given the methylcobalamin form of B12. Take 3,000–5,000 mcg daily for one month, then reduce your intake to 1,000 mcg daily as a maintenance dose.


A 2011 study (Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology) using melatonin produced good results for those suffering chronic tinnitus. Results demonstrated convincingly that melatonin was associated with a significant decrease in tinnitus intensity and improved sleep quality in patients with chronic tinnitus. Melatonin was most effective in men with more severe and bilateral tinnitus and/or those with a history of noise exposure. Researchers believe that one of the ways melatonin helps tinnitus is by improving sleep quality. This was an interesting discovery since tinnitus is often a side effect of prescription sleeping pills.


Could your tinnitus be due to a B-12 deficiency? As we age our ability to absorb B-12 from our food decreases. Sometimes other medical conditions or medications will also inhibit B-12 absorption. While the following list of symptoms are seen in those with B-12 deficiency, keep in mind they are also symptoms of a number of other conditions as well. However, if your ears are ringing and you have these symptoms a supplement may help. B-12 is water soluble meaning the body does not store it. Any excess is flushed through the kidneys.

• Mental fogginess

• Problems with your memory

• Mood swings

• Lack of motivation

• Feelings of apathy

• Fatigue and a lack of energy

• Muscle weakness

• Tingling in your extremities

Baby aspirin, a myth...

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Baby aspirin, the myth…

After decades of being told a aspirin a day will reduce risk of heart attacks and stroke, enlightening information is surfacing. Apparently, there is NO science behind this recommendation! Two separate reviews of all gathered data on this subject has discovered there is ZERO clinical proof connected to taking a baby aspirin (81mg) a day and reducing heart attack or stroke risk.


As a matter of fact, the information reviewed indicates there is evidence that taking a low-dose aspirin a day has the potential to do harm to healthy individuals. In addition to peptic ulcers, aspirin use is associated with an increased risk of a stroke due to cerebral hemorrhage as well as hearing loss and age-related macular degeneration.


So what started this trend? Platelet aggregation (sticking together of blood platelets) is the culprit. A factor in strokes and heart attacks is the forming of these clots that block arteries or break free and do damage in the body. Aspirin reduces the ability of platelets to stick together. No, I did not contradict myself. Aspirin doses of 325mg have shown to improve risk factors for some people. Again, adverse bleeding issues are associated with the even higher doses.


Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are associated with a significant risk of peptic ulcer as well as cerebral hemorrhage (resulting in a stroke). Even a dosage of 75 mg/day is associated with a 2.3-fold increased risk of ulcers compared with 3.9 fold increased risk at 300 mg/day and 3.2-fold risk at 150 mg/day. There is no difference in gastrointestinal bleeding rates in those given enteric-coated or non-enteric-coated aspirin. So, thinking an enteric-coated aspirin is protecting yourself from stomach or intestinal ulcers is not reality.


Bottom line…there is no clinical evidence of benefit of aspirin at dosages of 50 to 150 mg per day for any clinical indication in adults despite its popular prescription.


The study’s aim was to review the updated evidence for the efficacy and safety of low-dose aspirin in preventing heart attacks in patients who had not experienced a prior heart attack (i.e., primary prevention). Results from nine completed primary prevention trials were compiled and included over 100,000 participants, with an average follow-up of 6 years. The analysis showed similar results to the individual studies. There is no benefit and significant risk.


If you are looking for a safer route consider this. Mostly the type of fats in the diet and the level of antioxidants determine the stickiness of platelets. While saturated fats and cholesterol increase platelet aggregation, omega-3 fatty acids (both short-chain and long-chain) and monounsaturated fats have the opposite effect. Also, antioxidant nutrients, flavonoids, garlic preparations, and vitamin B6 inhibit (prevent) platelet aggregation.


Here are alternatives to aspirin in the primary prevention of heart disease:

1. Reduce the amount of animal products in your diet. (Only animal products are associated with cholesterol if you are prone to elevated levels)


2. Increase fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and raw nuts and seeds.


3. Increase monounsaturated fats (e.g., nuts, seeds, and olive oil) and omega-3 fatty acids.


4. Make sure your vitamin D intakes are adequate. 1,000 to 2,000 IU a day


5. Take fish oil* at a minimum of 1,000 mg of EPA & DHA daily.


*Like aspirin, fish oil can present a bleeding risk if taken in extremely high doses or combined with some prescriptions. Inform your physician of fish oil use to avoid increased bleeding is on prescription blood thinners.


References: 1. Patrono C. (2013). Low-dose aspirin in primary prevention: cardioprotection, chemoprevention, both, or neither? European Heart Journal, 34 (44): 3403-3411 2. Cleland JG. (2013, Nov). Is aspirin useful in primary prevention? European Heart Journal, 34(44): 3412-8

Stress, anxiety, insomnia�?�and kimchi?

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Stress, anxiety, insomnia…and kimchi?

Like it or not, everyday stress is a normal part of modern living. For some people, the stress can be overwhelming and may lead to anxiety and insomnia. A safe and natural remedy is available to help overcome the effects of stress.


Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a natural calming and antiepileptic agent in the brain. It is one of the brain’s most important regulators for proper function. It appears that many people with anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy and other brain disorders do not manufacture sufficient levels of GABA. Several prescription drugs you may recognize Valium, Neurontin, baclofen and Valproate work by increasing the effects of GABA within the brain. The problem with these drugs is the side effects and being highly addictive. So, they are not suitable for long-term use.


Studies with synthetic GABA have shown that it does not produce the same benefits as natural PharmaGABA—a special form of GABA naturally manufactured from Lactobacillus hilgardii—the bacteria used to ferment vegetables in the preparation of the traditional Korean dish kimchi.


Unlike chemically produced, synthetic GABA, natural PharmaGABA is able to produce relaxation with greater mental focus and energy. Research has shown that PharmaGABA increases the production of alpha brain waves (a state often achieved by meditation and characterized by being relaxed, with greater mental focus and mental alertness). It also reduces beta waves (associated with nervousness, scattered thoughts and hyperactivity).


PharmaGABA is approved for use in Japan as an aid to conquer stress and promote relaxation. It is a very is a popular ingredient in functional foods and beverages, as well as dietary supplements designed to produce mental and physical relaxation without inducing drowsiness. PharmaGABA is fast-acting, especially when it is taken in a chewable tablet. Generally, the effects are felt within the first 15 minutes and have been shown to last up to four to six hours.


A 2007 study published in Alternative Medicine Review demonstrated an impressive ability of PharmaGABA to improve sleep quality. The ability to feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day requires us to achieve deep levels of sleep and to stay in this deep sleep for an adequate amount of time. Unfortunately, many people do not achieve these deep levels of sleep. Conventional sleeping pills actually inhibit deep levels of sleep and disrupt normal sleep patterns, causing people to wake up feeling more tired when they went to bed. That is definitely not the case with PharmaGABA.


A 2006 study in the journal Biofactors showed PharmaGABA had the ability to stop the drop in IgA levels. IgA is reduced in the body during times of stress. Why is this important? IgA is an important antibody to fight infection. Have you noticed when you are under a lot of stress you also seem to become ill? This is due to IgA levels dropping in the body and immunity being reduced.


Dosage recommendations

PharmaGABA can be used whenever someone feels a bit “stressed out.” For best results use it in a chewable tablet form at dosage of 100 to 200 mg up to three times daily. To promote a better night’s sleep, take 200 to 300 mg at bedtime. PharmaGABA is completely safe and without any known adverse drug interaction. As a general guideline, take no more than 600 mg within a six-hour period and no more than 1,200 mg within a 24-hour period.