THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Valerian Root contains several compounds including GABA, alkaloids, furanofuran lignans, and free amino acids

  • It increases the amount of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA helps regulate nerve cells and has a calming effect on anxiety.

  • This helps with certain ADHD symptoms, such as hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity by increasing Dopamine in all tested brain areas

The Relaxation Root

Valerian root, known scientifically as Valeriana officinalis, has been used for centuries for its sedative and anxiolytic properties. Originating from Europe and parts of Asia, this perennial plant has long been utilised in traditional medicine to treat insomnia, anxiety, and various nervous conditions. Historical records show its use dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, where it was prescribed for a range of ailments, including digestive issues and menstrual cramps.

In modern times, valerian root is widely used as a natural remedy for sleep disorders and anxiety. Research has shown that valerian can improve sleep quality by enhancing the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which has a calming effect on the nervous system. A study published in Phytomedicine demonstrated that valerian root extract significantly improved sleep quality and reduced the time it took to fall asleep in participants (PubMed, 2014). Another study found that valerian, in combination with other herbs, effectively reduced symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder (PubMed, 2015).

Valerian's benefits are primarily attributed to its active compounds, including valerenic acid and various antioxidants, which work together to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. These compounds also help alleviate muscle spasms and lower blood pressure, further supporting its use in stress and anxiety management.

Regarding ADHD support, valerian root has shown promise in a few studies. For instance, research indicated that valerian improved focus and reduced hyperactivity in those with ADHD. Valerian root offers a potential natural alternative to conventional ADHD medications, helping to manage symptoms with fewer side effects.

What the Research Says

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    Valerian R. Improves Attention Deficits & Impulsivity

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    Valerian Root Reduces Restlessness and Improves Sleep

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    Valerian R. Improves Concentration and Hyperactivity

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