Have you ever been told to take a chill pill? Now you can drink one. New relaxation drinks like Just Chill, Koma Unwind and Neuro Sleep promise to deliver SERENITY NOW!
Do these relaxation drinks work? And should you try them? Here’s the low-down.
1. Just Chill – With flavors like Jamaican Citrus, Tropical and Rio Berry, this drink promises to help you “keep your cool” and relax without becoming drowsy. It features the active ingredient L-theanine, an amino acid that is also found in green tea leaves. L-theanine promotes serenity by increasing the alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves are naturally occurring neural oscillations that encourage a “hey mon, no problem” attitude. Just Chill contains about 15 times the amount of L-theanine that you’d find in a cup of tea, along with lemongrass, vitamin C, B-vitamin complex, magnesium and zinc. Its effects take 30-40 minutes to set in, and Just Chill has been covered by numerous outlets including CNN, the Los Angeles Times and Ellen.
2. Koma Unwind – Can’t stop those racing thoughts? Talk to the can. Koma Unwind appeals to people who want to take the edge off the day. It includes 15 milligrams of valerian root, which is often referred to as “natural valium.” This potent herbal treatment has been shown to reduce insomnia at doses of 400 milligrams or more. The effects of Koma Unwind are subtler, however its grape flavor is not. With a website that features surfer-style design and recipes for vodka cocktails, it seems like this beverage is designed for a different market than the healthy lifestyle crowd.
3. Neuro Sleep – Unlike Just Chill, Neuro Sleep is designed to help you not only relax, but also get drowsy and fall asleep at the end of the day. In addition to L-theanine, it contains 5-HTP. This chemical compound may increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that encourages feelings of well-being and happiness. Some users say that they enjoy deeper sleep after ingesting the beverage, and wake up feeling more refreshed. Neuro Sleep tastes a bit like peach punch, and also includes a dose of melatonin and magnesium. It’s vegan-friendly and contains only 35 calories per bottle. Want to try it out? You can get a coupon for a free bottle on the Neuro Sleep website.
Is chillaxing by can safe? Just like anything you put into your body, you must be the one responsible for deciding so. If you want to try these relaxation drinks, be aware that they are not regulated as stringently by the FDA as other anxiety or sleep medications. Most contain high amounts of sugar, and low amounts of active ingredients.
However, they are generally regarded as safe, as long as you aren’t downing a six-pack every day. Especially for people who regularly “relax” with alcohol or other medications, these drinks might be a better alternative. And don’t discount the placebo effect, which accounts for 1/3 of all medical efficacy. If you believe these beverages will bring you to a calm state, they probably will!
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