L-Theanine Theanine is the major amino acid found in green tea. It has historically been used for its relaxing and anti-anxiety effects. It is believed that theanine might work for anxiety by increasing levels of GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) and serotonin. In the central nervous system, GABA is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter. It is synthesized in the brain by the decarboxylation of glutamate. GABA exerts anticonvulsant, sedative and anxiolytic effects at the cellular level.
Rhodiola Roseroot contains a phenylpropanoid glycoside called salidroside. This constituent is also sometimes referred to as rhodioloside or rhodosine. This constituent is thought to be responsible for roseroot's stimulant, anti-stress and adaptogenic actions (increasing resistance to the harmful effects of stressors). Animal studies are reported to show protection from stressors such as cold and radiation, increased work capacity, decreased fatigue and improved learning and memory. Roseroot extracts might also prevent stress-induced cardiac damage by preventing rises in cardiac catecholamines and cyclic-AMP. Roseroot extracts also demonstrate potential for improving learning and memory.
Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is an Indian herb known as Winter Cherry. It tends to be classified as an Indian ginseng. Some researchers think ashwagandha has an anti-stressor effect. Preliminary evidence suggests ashwagandha might suppress stress-induced increases of dopamine receptors in the corpus striatum of the brain. It also appears to reduce stress-induced increases of plasma corticosterone, blood urea nitrogen and blood lactic acid.
Eleuthero, Siberian Ginseng Siberian Ginseng was discovered in the former northernSoviet Union. It was found to enhance athletic performance and reduce stress. Eleuthero has been shown to enhance mental acuity and physical endurance without the letdown that comes with caffeinated products. Siberian Ginseng is an adaptogen which has a homeostatic or "balancing" effect on the body. Adaptogens help the body deal with stressful conditions because of its homeostatic properties. It is thought to help support adrenal gland function when the body is challenged by stress. In addition to its effect on stress, Eleuthero increases energy, helps to balance the immune system and increases cognitive function.
Passion Flower Passion flower is the perennial blossoming vine that is native to the southeastern United States, Brazil and Argentina. Its medicinal properties come from its above ground part. Passion flower has sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic and antispasmodic effects. Some evidence suggests the passion flower constituent apigenin binds to central benzodiazepine receptors, possibly causing anxiolytic effects without impairing memory or motor skills. Some studies have pointed to the flavonoids in passion flower as the primary constituents responsible for its relaxing and anti-anxiety effects. It is thought that passion flower may enhance the effectiveness of other anxiety treatments.
Bacopa Pharmacological activity of brahmi is attributed to the saponin bacoside and bacopasaponin constituents. Some evidence suggests purified bacosides A and B may facilitate learning ability and cognitive performance. Possible mechanisms for cognitive improvement include modulation of acetylcholine release, choline acetylase activity and muscarinic cholinergic receptor binding.
How should I take this product? Take two per day. You may take one pill or both at one time depending on your preference.
What other nutritional supplements could augment the biological effects of this product? Isotonix® Advanced B-Complex, Isotonix® Multivitamin.
What are the contraindications for this supplement? If you are currently taking warfarin (Coumadin), other anti-platelet/anti-coagulant medications, antihypertensive medications, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications or have an ongoing medical condition, you should consult your physician before using this product. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use this product. This product may decrease the effects of stimulants and caffeine.
Is it all-natural? Some ingredients may be synthetically produced in a laboratory to ensure purity and quality.
How does it work? Bliss is comprised of several stress-reducing herbs. These herbs work together to help reduce overall stress.
How does it relax without making you tired? The Eleuthero, or Siberian Ginseng, and the Ashwaganadha are natural stimulants. They reduce your stress levels but aren't formulated to make you sleepy. Ginseng acts similar to caffeine but doesn't make you jittery and won't make you crash.
Can I take Bliss instead of my prescription? No. Bliss is not intended to replace anti-anxiety or anti-psychotic drugs. Bliss is a natural reliever of sudden stress. It is intended for use during or after engaging in stressful activities. You should contact your doctor before going off any prescriptions.
If I am on a prescription for anxiety, is it safe to use Bliss? It would be wise to consult your doctor before adding any dietary supplement. However, the ingredients in Bliss are all found in nature, they may have side effects, so make sure to contact your doctor or pharmacist before mixing them. If you are currently taking warfarin (Coumadin), other anti-platelet/anti-coagulant medications, antihypertensive medications, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications or have an ongoing medical condition, you should consult your physician before using this product. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not use this product. This product may decrease the effects of stimulants and caffeine.
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