AdvaCare is a GMP manufacturer of Valerian Root Extract capsules.
Valerian root is a perennial plant with pink and white flowers that is native to Europe and grows in grasslands. It has straight stems and an umbrella-shaped head with dark leaves. It contains volatile oils such as valerenic acids which are responsible for valerian roots ability to calm the bodys central nervous system. It has been used for generations by Europeans dating back to the second century AD. It has traditionally been used to treat insomnia and nerve conditions; it has strong sedative and anti-anxiety effects, being a natural remedy for anxiety.
One of the largest uses for valerian root is to treat insomnia. Insomnia is a common problem with far-reaching consequences that may include sleep deprivation, trouble focusing and consolidating memories, and putting one at greater risk for severe illnesses. Valerian root has been shown in studies to improve the quality of sleep to subjects who took it. Studies are continuing to be done on the great effects valerian root may have on insomnia.
Valerian root also increases the brains GABA levels and thus treats anxiety. It can also help to treat chronic stress. Moreover, valerian root combined with lemon balm has a synergistic anxiolytic effect on anxiety. Likewise, by promoting sleep and calming anxiety, it can be used as a sedative. It has also been shown with correlations of improvement in those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It has traditionally been used to treat stomach disorders and cramps and migraines and pain, though more studies must be done before drawing conclusive answers. The calming effects also help to naturally reduce a high blood pressure, thereby improving heart health and decreasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Valerian root must be taken in moderation and as directed. Symptoms and side effects of high dosages include slowing down medications broken down by the liver, increasing effects of sedatives, and interacting with antihistamines, anti-fungal medications, and anesthesia. Valerian root may cause headaches, dizziness, stomach problems, excitability, and uneasiness.