The amounts are listed per serving rather than per capsule. This gives an accurate overview of the doses of each ingredient that you will consume when using Somnapure as a sleep aid.
Calcium (92mg) - Calcium is involved in producing melatonin, which is essential for falling asleep. Melatonin is the body’s natural off-switch. When it is released the body will being to fall asleep. Having a deficiency in calcium can affect your natural melatonin levels and some studies suggest that more calcium in your system can boost melatonin production too. The dose in Somnapure will be effective for most adults unless you have a serious deficiency.
Valerian Root Extract (500mg) - A popular ingredient in sleep aids, valerian has been shown to have a profound effect on sleep by increasing the amount of GABA in the body. GABA is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for reducing neuronal excitability. Basically, it calms down the nervous system in preparation for rest. Valerian root’s effect on GABA production is thought to be the source of its power as a sleep aid. The 500mg dose in Somnapure is fairly high and should be effective at stimulating GABA production and preparing the body to fall asleep.
Lemon Balm Leaf Extract (300mg) - Better suited to alleviating anxiety than aiding sleep directly, lemon balm leaf extract is thought to be calming and relaxation-inducing. Studies have shown its effectiveness—when combined with other herbal extracts—in improving sleep among people suffering from very mild sleeping problems.
L-Theanine (200mg) - Solid evidence has linked l-theanine to improving the quality of sleep. It has been shown to increase levels of GABA and by doing so increases levels of dopamine and serotonin, which both help the body to relax and remain calm throughout sleep. Studies done on animals have also shown the potential of l-theanine to counteract caffeine and promote sedation generally, suggesting its benefits could go well beyond GABA production alone.
Hops Extract (120mg) - This is by far the least well-researched ingredients in Somnapure. There is literally no serious evidence suggesting hops extract works as a sleep aid. Some people have suggested it can work in combination with other herbal extracts, like lemon balm and chamomile, but with no evidence linking it to sleep, we think this is unlikely.
Chamomile Extract (50mg) - While proper, clinical trials are lacking, there is good reason to think that chamomile extract is a sleep-supportive supplement. It contains a flavonoid called apigenin, which binds to benzodiazepine receptors in the brain causing sedation. While the evidence is in short supply, one study did find a link between chamomile and a reduction in the time it took participants to fall asleep. In short, it’s a reasonable ingredient, but since recommended doses start at 300mg for sleep-related properties to kick in, the dose in Somnapure is ridiculously low and probably won’t do anything.
Passion Flower (50mg) - Like hops extract, passion flower is not supported by science. This doesn’t mean it might not be helpful for sleep, but right now there are no studies that show that it is. What’s more, 50mg is a very low dose and probably won’t do much of anything.
Melatonin (3mg) - Melatonin is a top-quality ingredient for a sleep aid. It is a chemical released by the body when it determines sleep is needed. It is great for making you fall asleep faster. Studies show that consuming melatonin can increase active levels in the body and induce drowsiness. It can cause side effects in some people, especially if you are not used to taking it. For this reason, a low dose like the 3mg included in Somnapure could be good for some people who are easily effect by the side effects of melatonin, or if you’re not sure if you get side effects or not yet. But for anyone suffering more serious sleeping problems 3mg is going to be too low to be effective. Anything up to 10mg is considered safe
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