Our laboratory provides several natural treatments for insomnia which includes melatonin, GABA and theanine to name a few. The benefits of these is that they are non addictive or habit forming unlike many other insomnia treatments commonly prescribed.
Over The Counter Treatments
Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid (GABA) – A Natural Relaxant
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is natural amino acid and a mood enhancing neurotransmitter. It is formed by glutamic acid in the body with the help of vitamin B6, and prevents nerve cells from firing too much, thus having a claming effect. This results with a relaxed or sedative effect which makes it ideal to calm the mind and body in much the same way as tranquilizer drugs like valium and serepax. These drugs act by inducing the same change in brain chemistry that GABA can perform. The only difference is GABA is entirely safe, is not addictive, will not knock you out and cause many other side effects associated with these drugs. It may be taken right before going to sleep as many people report an improvement in the quality of their sleep and a feeling of well-being upon arising in the morning. Lucid or colorful dreams are also frequently reported. In addition, because of its calming and soothing effects, GABA also lowers blood pressure, helps control hypoglycemia and prevents anxiety.
We supply GABA on its own or in combination with Theanine and 5-Hydroxytryptophan for insomnia.
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland in our brains. Melatonin helps regulate our circadian rhythm (body clock) which dictates our sleep/wake cycles. It plays a critical role in helping us fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. It also regulates the release of hormones that control body temperature, hunger, energy and even mood. It may also have a roll in the biological regulation tumour growth, aging and perhaps reproduction.
In the biosynthesis of melatonin, tryptophan is converted to 5-hydroxytryptophan, which is then decarboxylated to serotonin (an important neurotransmitter). Serotonin is then catalysed by two enzymes to form melatonin. In humans, melatonin secretion increases soon after the onset of darkness, peaks in the middle of the night (between 2 and 4 am), and gradually falls during the second half of the night. Serum levels of melatonin are known to decrease with age which may contribute to the increased frequency of sleep disorders in the elderly and the aging process itself.
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A prescription is required in Australia for the supply of Melatonin. We supply it as capsules, sublingual drops or rapid dissolve tablets.
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