Looking to relax?
Here are the top five supplements for relaxation:
If you’re a Type A individual and you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a relaxed, carefree “Type Bro” without using recreational drugs, 200mg of L-theanine will do you good. This might be especially beneficial because L-theanine can take the edge off of many stimulants, reducing the body’s stress reaction to adrenal hormones.We actually suggest starting at 100mg for most people, but Sherman is a big guy who may need a bit extra this week.
This naturally-occurring amino acid works by preventing brain cell death and promotes growth in anti-stress areas of the brain.
This nootropic packs multiple punches for the quick-hitting Sherman. Being a standout Stanford grad, he’ll enjoy the brain-enhancing effects of this neurotransmitter booster.
One can best describe its effects as tranquilizing. Better watch out though, it can amplify any narcotic painkillers in your system.
As the precursor to serotonin, many believe that 5-HTP is the “happiness neurotransmitter.” While Sherman’s happiness really lies in what happens on February 2nd, this is an easy “hack” to boost serotonin levels in the brain, giving a rewarding feeling without doing much to deserve it.Taking 5-HTP may backfire on Sherman, though. It’s effects are often described as “euphoric,” which may lead to more YouTube gold. But we wouldn’t necessarily complain if that happened.
5-HTP is typically taken in 300mg to 500mg doses, doled out throughout the day.
Short for gamma-aminobutyric acid, this is your nervous system’s main inhibitor. It’s considered the “downer” neurotransmitter since it regulates many sedative functions (which may be malfunctioning in Sherman).
GABA supplementation is typically around 3g to 5g, but the brain is quite adept at regulating levels – it’s only likely to work if Sherman’s levels are already low, or if it is taken in higher doses (which is not recommended).Remember that pre-workout supplement we joked about earlier? Well, its nitric-oxide boosting effects may also significantly increase his GABA uptake.
Note: The removed ingredient mentioned above is a derivative of GABA. It is not recommended to take them together.
We doubt anyone on the Seahawks got much sleep last night, nor will they get a ton over the next two weeks. The good news is that the hormone melatonin can help normalize your sleep/wake rhythm. It also works well for jet lag, for all you Pro Bowlers headed to Hawaii.
Stick with a dose of 3mg (2.5mg is optimal). While some might recommend a higher dose, numerous studies have shown 3mg to be the most effective, and increased doses can actually be less effective.
As always, these statements are not approved by the FDA, and you should consult your doctor before beginning any new supplement program. Definitely do not mix any of these supplements together.