Here in America, about 70 million people have chronic problems with sleep. Whether it’s falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up feeling tired, an increasing number of people are facing sleep issues. Lack of sleep or poor sleep can impact performance on the job. Lack of sleep dulls cognitive function, which may lead to errors that can be costly.
Sleep issues are also underlying causes of many health concerns and may lead to an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke. There is a vast market with a ravenous appetite for anything to help them sleep better.
Sleep is also foundational to a positive mood and good mental health. A study conducted in 2015 determined that an average adult will need 7 or more hours of sleep each night to support their best health and wellbeing.
The average consumer is hungry for always to support their sleep without side effects, ease stress and lift their moods. Valerian root extract may help here. What is valerian root? Valerian root is an herbal ingredient and has been clinically shown to have positive effects on mood and sleep.
Using OmniActive valerian root extract in your supplements offers your consumers a safe, effective botanical for sleep, stress, and mood support.
What is Valerian Root?
The valerian plant is a flowering, perennial herb that can grow more than 6 feet tall. Valerian root is a botanical that has been used by humans for thousands of years, including by the ancient Greeks and Chinese. It’s now a commonly used health supplement and is popular for its effects on the body and mind. Valerian extract is most often found in supplements for mood and sleep. It is also referred to as the Tagar plant.
Valerian root is considered an ayurvedic ingredient. Ayurveda was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India, with a main purpose of promoting good health by maintaining stability between the body, mind and the environment you live in. Valerian is considered one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda for sleep benefits.
Where Does Valerian Root Come From?
Native to Europe and Asia, valerian root now also grows in North America. The root of the valerian plant is harvested and processed into powders and extracts. Valerian is very tolerant to cold weather, it however prefers sun or partial shade. Its flowers have a pleasant sweet scented smell, however the roots are known to be very pungent.
Where to get Valerian Root Extract
At OmniActive, we make the highest quality supplement ingredients for our brand partners. We pride ourselves on the care we take sourcing and creating effective specialty and botanical extracts. The active compound in valerian root is valerenic acids and valerian works by binding to GABA receptors (Gamma-amino-butyric acid), which may have a calming effect. You can take advantage of the benefits of valerian root extract in both mood and sleep supplements. Our product is natural and clean, without the use of any solvents or excipients.
Key health benefits of Valerian
Several studies have shown that valerian can be an effective sleep aid amongst individuals with various sleep issues. Examples of subjects in these studies included an elderly population, postmenopausal women, people affected by insomnia, healthy individuals with occasional sleeplessness. Supplementation between 5-8 weeks demonstrated an impact on deep sleep (slow-wave sleep), sleep latency (amount of time it takes a person to fall asleep), and the quality of sleep.
Is Valerian Safe?
Valerian is widely acknowledged as a dietary ingredient to support healthy sleep at doses shown to be safe and efficacious. The European Medicine Agency (EMA) recognizes the well-established uses of valerian to support sleep disorders.
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