Leigh Valentine's Serotonin provides the raw material for your body to make serotonin,* with additional ingredients that help with mood, sleep and appetite.
Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because the body can synthesize it when sunlight exposure is adequate. However, researchers have discovered that vitamin D insufficiency is surprisingly common, affecting as much as 70 percent of the population. Vitamin D is a great multi-tasker: it strengthens bone by aiding calcium absorption, modulates immune function, protects prostate cells, and boosts brain chemicals needed for positive mood.* Vitamin D3 is better absorbed than vitamin D2.*
5-HTP (L-5 Hydroxy- tryptophan) is naturally occurring amino acid and the raw material the body uses to make serotonin — a brain chemical necessary for positive mood, healthy sleep, and appetite. Research has shown that when levels of 5-HTP rise, so do levels of serotonin. Several double-blind, placebo-controlled human trials have found 5-HTP can help support a positive mood, reduce appetite, and enhance weight loss.*
Rhodiola rosea (also called golden root) is a plant that grows in cold regions across the world. Rhodiola is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to various stressors. It supports a positive mood by increasing levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine and dopamine, helping them cross the blood-brain barrier, and decreasing MAO (monoamine oxidase), which degrades these chemicals.*
Relora is a proprietary blend of standardized extracts of magnolia and phellodendron bark. It contains the calming compounds berberine and honokiol and may alleviate symptoms of occasional stress and stress-related overeating by reducing levels of the stress hormone coritsol.* Cortisol causes weight gain by increasing both appetite and fat formation, so a reduction in this hormone helps support weight loss efforts in two ways.*
L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves, particularly green tea. It has been clinically shown to prevent over-stimulation and produce a state of relaxed alertness by producing calming alpha brain waves.* L-theanine works by raising levels of several inhibitory neurotransmitters, including serotonin and GABA, and by preventing L-glutamic acid, an excitatory neurotransmitter, from binding to receptors.*