Why Do I Like The Supplement ‘Serenity’?
By Emma Ellice-Flint BHSc
On my Emma's Nutrition website’s shop , I have a Newson Health supplement called “Serenity”. It is one that I particularly love, but many people don’t know about. I hope this article gives a better understand of it’s potential role in the body and whether it is one you might find helpful to try.
The pressures of everyday life place a demand upon our body’s nutritional reserves. Internal stresses are increased in times of perimenopause and menopause because of hormonal changes. On the other hand external stress factors do not necessarily have to be seen as negative if we can allow time for a natural “post-stress” relaxation period. I like to think of this as my re-creation time which allows stress hormone levels to return to normal.
Most of us have our own personal ways of de-stressing. Exercise, a walk, a catch up with friends, a quiet cup of tea, and sleep are often quoted. And Yoga, tai chi, meditation, breath work, journaling, are others which might help us to relax and give the body time to replenish its neurotransmitters.
I find many of us simply don’t have the time to do these things. It can then become a vicious cycle leading to increased feelings of stress and anxiety and loss of sleep. In particular a lack of sleep can lead to poor nutritional support (food choices). And so the cycle continues.
So, you might ask, what is the right nutritional support to help improve these symptoms - and potentially take the edge off these feelings? I would suggest a healthy way of eating that suits you - and one that is based around the Mediterranean diet principals, is by far the best way to provide your nutritional needs, help you feel calm and to improve your sleep.
That’s easy for me to say, but sometimes harder to put into practice. So perhaps the supplement Serenity may also help support you at this time.
Below is an outline how Serenity’s ingredients might be helpful:
In broad terms, the key ingredients of ‘Serenity’ are Casein, L-Theanine, Magnesium, Vitamin C and B Group Vitamins.
The nervous system and the body’s metabolism are supported by various nutrients, including B vitamins, magnesium and vitamin C. Other dietary factors may also have a nutritional influence in helping to maintain a more restful state.
Sleep is an important restorative period and milk protein hydrolysates have been shown to potentially induce a more even and uninterrupted sleep cycle. These milk protein hydrolysates may also promote a more relaxed and less anxious state of mind and body throughout the day. Casein Hydrolysate has been chosen in the Serenity supplement because it is a natural pre-digested form of casein and is rapidly absorbed.
Tea leaves, both black and green, are a natural source of the non-protein amino acid L-Theanine. L-Theanine may help to promote relaxation and maintain normal sleep. It’s important to note L-Theanine does not contain caffeine, nor does it make a person feel drowsy, instead it may help with the quality of sleep through promoting a sense of calm.
B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Magnesium
Magnesium also has a role to play in balancing the nervous system and along with Vitamin C and other B vitamins, helps support and maintain neurological function.
The adrenal glands are the body’s natural 'shock-absorbers’ and help the body regulate its response to the challenges of stress. Vitamin C and Pantothenic Acid (B6) are nutritional requirements for the maintenance and regulation of healthy Adrenal function and any protracted stress may increase the demand upon the body’s nutritional reserves.
I find taking two Serenity capsules daily has a calming effect on me. Whether it’s a placebo effect or a physiological difference, I don’t know? With regards to sleep, I cannot say if it helps because I have no issues in this area. My husband thinks that it has been great for his sleep. We are all different.
If you are interested in trying Serenity, it can be bought from my shop here.
Serenity is ok to be taken alongside Magnesium Plus assuming you are taking no other magnesium supplements.
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