Tea is a very popular drink on a global scale. Tea is supposed to calm and relax your mind and body. The Mayans were drinking tea while building their sun temples while the Chinese drank tea for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. Beyond custom and culture, tea leaves have strong medicinal properties. Black and green tea leaves contain L-theanine. Theanine is the amino acid that is responsible for the blissful drowsy feelings right before sleep. It is only found in tea leaves and one species of mushroom.
Many cultures have valued the relaxing properties of tea leaves, but didn’t have a name for the nutrient. Theanine was discovered by Japanese researchers in 1949. Theanine works as a brain-calming nutrient. It doesn’t sedate you or cause you to go to sleep. It relaxes you by changing brain chemistry and brain waves.L-theanine supplements cause more GABA, serotonin and dopamine release. These are your “happy” brain chemicals. They also trigger your brain to produce alpha-waves. These are the waves that enhance relaxation and focus. Meditation is another way to produce alpha-waves in your brain. L-theanine supplements can be 100-400mg and can be taken throughout the day because they are not sedatives. I recommend 200mg 3 times per day for anxiety. For sleep, take 400mg on an empty stomach before bed.
Pain is a result of inflammation. Whether you have an acute injury, such as a sprained ankle, or chronic pain from arthritis, the pain will alter your sleep patterns. Pain can keep you awake all night and it can also wake you up after you have fallen asleep. Sometimes you may not even realize that pain is waking you up until you get rid of the pain and start sleeping through the night. Curamin PM has several ingredients to address sleeplessness. The curcumin and boswellia work on inflammation.
You understand pain and inflammation when you stub your toe. But you may have a harder time understanding inflammation when it is a low-level problem affecting your entire body. One sure sign of systemic inflammation is chronic aches and pains. If you suffer from an ache or pain on a daily basis, then you could benefit from reducing inflammation.
Curamin PM is a convenient way to fight inflammation and insomnia at the same time. Curamin PM contains curcumin and Boswellia to combat inflammation. It also contains 5mg of melatonin to keep you asleep. Did you know melatonin production is negatively affected by the amount of blue light we are exposed to via our computers, phones, and TVs?
You usually think of B vitamin supplements for energy or daytime use. But B6 is a “nighttime” B vitamin. B6 actually refers to 6 different compounds that have different functions. Your body cannot make vitamin B6 so it is important to eat foods rich in B6 or take supplements. Some people cannot methylate the inactive form of B6 into the body-ready form P-5-P. I always recommend the active form in case your body cannot use the inactive form. Vitamin B6 as P-5-P also relieves pain.
Curamin PM is a great option if you are sleepless and in pain.
Carly Neubert BA, NC
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