CLINICAL BENEFITS OF TAKING CALM:
•High blood pressure
Valerian root is derived from valerian (Valeriana officinalis),
a perennial flowering plant from the Valerianaceae family. Valerian root contains volatile oils, including valerenic acids, less volatile sesquiterpenes and valepotriates (esters of short-chain fatty acids). These active constituents are likely
responsible for valerian root’s ability to produce a calming and restorative effect on the body’s central nervous system.
The name of the herb is derived from the personal name “Valeria” and the Latin verb “valere” (to be strong, healthy).
Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia.
WHY SHOULD WE SUPPLEMENT?
1.Naturally Aids Sleep
Studies show that valerian reduces the time it takes to fall asleep and improves sleep quality. Valerian contains a chemical called linarin, which creates a sedative effect. Valerian can cause sedation by increasing your brain’s GABA level. Gamma-amino butyric acid(GABA) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Valerian may cause GABA to be released from brain nerve endings and then block GABA from being taken back into nerve cells. In addition, valerian’s valerenic acid inhibits an enzyme that destroys GABA, and improve your GABA levels and promote a great night’s rest.
Scientists have found that valerian increases the amount of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) through GABA receptors. GABA helps regulate nerve cells and calms anxiety.
3.Lowers Blood Pressure
Valerian can also help lower blood pressure, improving heart health. The same active components that make valerian effective for stress and anxiety management can also help the body properly regulate its blood pressure.
4.Eases Menstrual Cramps
The relaxing nature of valerian make it a smart choice for natural relief of menstrual cramps. It can reduce the severity and discomfort of menstrual cramps from PMS. It’s a natural sedative and antispasmodic, which means it suppresses muscle spasms and acts as a natural muscle relaxer.
5.Improves Stress Management
By reducing anxiety and improving the length and quality of sleep, valerian helps with daily stress management. By improving GABA levels, valerian makes it easier for both the mind and body to relax. Since relaxation is the antithesis of stress, valerian is an excellent natural way to help keep your stress down and your quality of life up.