Great article published in Whole Foods Magazine! The article highlights key supplements which are backed by science to promote relaxation, including Suntheanine.

Article Credit: Whole Foods Magazine (WFM)

By Julia Peterman

Date: July 18, 2019


For too many of us, feeling stressed and spent during the day, yet unable to unwind and enjoy refreshing sleep at night, has become the norm. Thankfully, there’s plenty of help to be found at natural products stores, and once tired, stressed-out customers consult with a healthcare practitioner, they’re likely to come to you for natural relief.


{There are other supplements that aren’t necessarily as trendy—but are equally important. L-theanine, for instance, “increases alpha-wave activity, which helps promote an alert, yet relaxed mental state,” according to Dr. Michael Lelah, Ph.D., chief science officer, NutriScience Innovations, LLC. NutriScience’s Suntheanine, by extension, “helps people wind down and prepare for sleep, so when they fall asleep, they experience better sleep quality.” Dr. Lelah adds that “Suntheanine has been scientifically shown to improve sleep efficiency and recovery from fatigue, which are both markers of sleep quality—while reducing theta-wave activity, leading to relaxation without drowsiness.”}

{And for any formulators out there: “Chocolate contains caffeine, which has a synergistic benefit when combined with Suntheanine,” says Dr. Lelah. “Suntheanine has been shown to ameliorate the negative side effects of caffeine, while maintaining the thermogenic and weight loss properties of caffeine. Chocolate and Suntheanine combination products are sold in Japan. They represent an opportunity for the North American market.”}

{Moving on to improving sleep specifically, it’s worth noting that sleep can be a tricky thing to pin down. Dr. Lelah notes: “Internal factors include changes in the structure and function of the brain over time, and obviously stress and medical conditions, especially those that cause pain and discomfort. External factors include light, blue light from computer screens, jet lag, shift work, medications, caffeine, and, of course, alcohol. Solutions for sleep troubles are, as you would expect, complex.” }


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