LUNA by intraNaturals Sleep Supplment Review
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LUNA is a sleep aid manufactured by intraNaturals. LUNA is designed to help promote healthy sleep and is marketed as a way to get better sleep naturally using a blend of herbal supplements designed to relax the body and prevent common factors that may prevent a good night’s sleep. LUNA contains chamomile, lemon balm, valerian, magnesium, melatonin, and other sleep-promoting herbs and amino acids.
LUNA is a blend of many popular herbal supplements sold in sleep aid products. Many of the ingredients in LUNA have been shown in studies to promote sleep independently, calm the mind, and regulate the body’s chemical balance. Inside each bottle you will find:
According to the LUNA website, the supplement will help you get to sleep faster and help you stay sleep longer. LUNA also claims to be non habit-forming and 100 percent natural and drug free. The supplement is supposed to provide restful, deep sleep without the need for medications or chemical sleep supplements. The company claims that LUNA will give you deep, restful sleep every night with no feelings of drowsiness the next day.
The blend of ingredients are supposed to provide your body with the fuel it needs to stay asleep and feel rested the next day without groggy side effects. The biggest goal of LUNA, according to the company, is to help you feel calm and relaxed before bed and prevent racing thoughts and stress that can interfere with your body’s natural sleep cycle. LUNA allows customers to try LUNA for as long as they like and if they do not sleep better, feel more relaxed, or energized the next day, the company will refund the cost of the supplement.
Chamomile is an ingredient found in many “sleepytime” teas. Chamomile has been shown in numerous studies to act as a calming, stress-relieving agent. It is typically taken in tea form, but it may also have benefit in capsule form.
Lemon balm is almost a mix between lemons and mint. The leave smell slightly lemony and may be able to promote relaxation and calm at the end of the day. Lemon balm is a common additive in natural sleep supplements.
Melatonin is often added to natural sleep supplements, but its presence may be misguided. According to recent studies, supplementing with melatonin can only affect when you feel tired, not how well you sleep. Taking too much could have side effects such as daytime sleepiness and nausea.
According to research cited by Psychology Today, most people need far less melatonin than is commonly given in supplement form. Research suggests that doses of less than 1 MG are ideal. LUNA contains 3 MG per dose.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea. According to some research, it may have beneficial effects on reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. If sleep problems are stress-related, supplementing with L-Theanine could be of benefit.
With a name like passionflower, you would expect the flower to have stimulating effects, not soothing effects. However, some research suggests that supplementing with passionflower can raise GABA levels in the brain, which is used to reduce activity in the brain for a mild sedative and calming effect.
Hops have a mild sedative effect, which is one reason why alcohol is considered a depressant and can make you feel sleepy. Hops have been used for thousands of years to encourage a feeling of nighttime sleepiness.
Just like hops, valerian root may have a mild sedative effect. For this reason, it is important to only take valerian supplements at night just before bedtime.
L-Taurine is another amino acid that helps produce GABA. GABA production may help calm the might and help you turn your brain off at night.
Many people are deficient in magnesium, and LUNA claims that the magnesium glycinate used in this formula is the easiest for the body to absorb and use. A study from 2012 found that when elderly study participants supplemented with magnesium, their time spent asleep increased. Additionally, their melatonin production rose, suggesting that magnesium is essential for the production of melatonin.
LUNA contains natural ingredients from high-quality sources. The capsules are chemical and solvent free, and are completely vegetarian. The blend of supplements in LUNA are designed to promote sleep and help you sleep better at night, which is supported by some scientific research.
As stated above, high doses of melatonin may have a harmful effect and cause dependency, daytime drowsiness, or other complications. Additionally, if you take sleep aids for more than just a few days at a time, you could become dependant on the supplement to fall asleep. The mild sedatives in LUNA may interact with other medications you are taking.
There are a few ingredients in LUNA supplements that may interfere with some drugs. If you are taking antidepressants, the amino acids in LUNA may interfere with the drug’s effectiveness. Any other medication that has a sedative effect (such as some opoid painkillers) should not be taken in conjunction with LUNA. If you have blood pressure highs or lows, consult with a doctor before taking LUNA. Do not mix LUNA with prescription or over-the-counter sleep aids, as this could cause any side effects to worsen.
Do not take LUNA in conjunction with other melatonin products. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take LUNA without the approval of a healthcare provider. If you are already taking some medicines, then you must consult with your healthcare practitioner before taking LUNA. If you have a chronic problem with insomnia, consult with a medical professional to find the root cause. Sleep supplements of any kind should not be used on a regular basis.
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