Brain Mood by Douglas Laboratories
Brain Mood is a blend of several ingredients, including L-5-Hydroxytrytophan (5-HTP), used to aid in sleep. 5-HTP modulates the formation of the key neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain, which is used as a precursor to form melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleep. In the body, 5-HTP is synthesized from the amino acid L-tryptophan. The formation of serotonin is completely dependent on the amount of L-tryptophan and 5-HTP available in the central nervous system. Once inside the brain, L-tryptophan is converted to 5-HTP, which is then used to synthesize serotonin.
L-tryptophan is dependent on an enzyme, tryptophan hydroxylase, to cross the blood brain barrier, however this enzyme can be inhibited by a number of different factors. 5-HTP, the metabolite of L-tryptophan, is well absorbed from the diet and is able to freely cross the blood brain barrier without requiring a transport molecule. Supplementation with 5-HTP has been shown to increase sleep quality, particularly by increasing Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and regulating sleep patterns.
St. John's Wort has been used in Herbal Medicine for hundreds of years and is known to have a variety of traditional-type uses. As co-enzymes, the B vitamins thiamine, niacinamide, folic acid, vitamin B12, and pantothenic acid are essential components in most major metabolic reactions. They play an important role in energy production, including the metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. Vitamin B12 and folate are also important for the formation of red blood cells.
- Sleep aid.
Adults: Take 1 capsule daily with food 30-45 minutes before bed, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner. To be used on the advice of your healthcare practitioner. Use for a minimum of 1 week to see beneficial effects. Consult your healthcare practitioner for use beyond 18 weeks.
Do not use if you have scleroderma or are taking anti-cancer medications, blood thinners, antidepressant medication, anti-HIV agents, cardiovascular medications, immunosuppressants, or contraceptive medication. Consult your healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking anti-anxiety medications, seizure medications, antihistamines, bronchodilators, muscle relaxants, opiates, carbidopa or drugs with serotenergic activity. These may include, but are not limited to, L-tryptophan, S-adenosylmethionine, St. John's Wort, pain killers, over the counter cough and cold medication containing dextromethorphan, anti-nausea medication and anti-migraine medication. Consult your healthcare practitioner if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks or if symptoms persist or worsen.
Discontinue use and consult your healthcare practitioner if you show signs of weakness, oral ulcers, abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain or if you experience skin changes. Hypersensitivity, such as allergy, has been known to occur; in which case, discontinue use. Some people may experience drowsiness, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, restlessness and headaches. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, ultraviolet light (UV) or UV therapy. Do not use if outer seal is broken or missing. Store in a cool, dry place.
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