SupportMAX NeuroRegular price $79.50 Save $-79.50
When it comes to what we look for at VitaKea, Strom has hit it right on the bullseye with this anti-stress and nerve growth formula. It is truly a valuable support stack for all living - great to get your body and mind back on a healthy track.
Well studied, well-supported ingredients. Targetted and synergistic combinations that consider how to get their very best usefulness. And finally, clinically relevant dosages, and well, in this case… it’s POTENT dosages!
1000mg Choline - Though not absorbed into the brain as efficiently as some other choline sources, Strom have made up for this with a top-notch dose. Choline is used in the brain most significantly for the production of the essential neurotransmitter ‘Acetylcholine’, which improves cognition through its critical role in neuron function. Additionally, cholines has value to a range of other organs and tissues, which this form is very well suited for.
800mg KSM66 Ashwagandha - KSM-66 is the king of Ashwagandha extracts! It has an incredible number of clinical studies behind it, and 22 of those even being of a clinical “Gold Standard”. With this extract you can be absolutely sure of the quality, and relevance of clinical research to your applications. Ashwagandha is shown to be an excellent modulator of cortisol and testosterone, decreasing feelings of stress, mood volatility and all-round improving feelings of calm and well-being. At VitaKea, this herb is our No.1 recommended, which has value for just about every human.
500mg Phosphatidylserine (PS) - A key nutrient and fat-soluble amino acid for the building of cell walls and various cognitive processes, phosphatidylserine is another “excellent for everyone” sort of ingredient. It has also been shown to have cortisol decreasing effects, complimenting the Ashwagandha well.
500mg Lions Mane - A popular fungi of late, this magnificent mushroom has been shown to increase Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). These brothers in the neurotrophic factor family have well studied effects in increasing nerve cell growth and repair. BDNF particularly working within the hippocampus improving memory functions, and NGF promoting nerve cell insulation and anti-inflammatory actions. *** CAPSULE FORM HAS DOUBLE DOSE LIONS MANE! (1000mg per serve).
10mg Bioperine - A particularly anti-inflammatory ingredient, Bioperine is a black pepper extract utilised by many well-formulated nootropic stacks to aid the absorption (a bioavailability enhancer) of other nutrients, in this case providing particular value to the other herbal extracts in SupportMAX Neuro. This is one ingredient we are always pleased to see, given the excellent value to consumer it provides.
Our main suggestion is to use this stack as part of your evening wind-down routine. Particularly with KSM-66 Ashwagandha, we find a calming effect very notable, and at this dose in the stack, it makes for a superb sleep promoter.
Use one serving daily, 1-2 hours before bed.
NOTE: The researched benefits of this stack are mainly demonstrated with consistent use, and so we do highly recommend utilising this daily for at least 3 to 4 weeks.
Cortisol spikes in the morning are actually very valuable to assist you with feelings to “get-up-and-go”, so we don’t recommend this for a morning routine. However, if you are finding yourself overstressed or anxious, half serve dosages may be of value throughout the day. This situation is more of a “test to see what works for you”, even trying lower doses if you feel sleepy.
As always, if you want to try before you buy - feel free to request a sample with any order! And any further questions, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your KeaLad, Thomas
L-Theanine+Regular price $44.90 Save $-44.90
60 Capsules per bottle, every capsule includes:
As a dietary supplement, take 1 – 4 capsules daily as needed.
For optimal function take separate of food and sources of amino acids. L-theanine is fast-acting, with clinically proven effects within 45 minutes of ingestion.
Ever wondered why sipping a cup of tea provides such a smooth uplifting feel without the hassle of jitters? That’s the L-theanine! Tea leaves contain a proportionally high amount of this sweet little amino acid, easily enough to handle the small amount of caffeine pumping its way in.
The presence of L-theanine in Tea leaves was actually discovered by Japanese researchers in 1949. Interestingly, when they correlated tea's that were considered "high quality", these were also the tea's that had a high L-theanine content!
But with our modern day workplace, coffee has quickly established itself as the beverage of choice for its greater caffeine content. Coffee which, unfortunately, lacks the supportive L-theanine component.
L-theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier, and has the ability to modulate inhibitory neurotransmitters, selective serotonin, and dopamine to bring about anxiolytic and calming effects. L-theanine can also improve cognition and selective attention, perhaps due to changes in alpha brain wave activity. Finally, its ability to selectively bind to glutamate receptors may confer neuroprotective effects as well.
In addition to promoting relaxation, L-theanine has been shown to stabilize cognitive function affected by stress hormones. More specifically, L-theanine decreases levels of corticosterone, which when elevated can inhibit spatial learning and memory formation. Other researchers have shown that, in people with anxiety, L-theanine improved attention span and reaction time. Taken with caffeine, L-theanine improved visual information processing and accuracy when moving between tasks.
Given its ability to encourage attention and focus, it may come as a surprise that L-theanine has also been found to improve time to sleep as well as quality of sleep. Instead of acting as a sedative, L-theanine works to promote better rest by reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation.
Q: Will I build a tolerance to L-Theanine?
Not at all! L-theanine is not habit-forming and it does not lead to tolerance and dependence even when used over long periods of time.
Q: What about adverse reactions?
L-Theanine is generally well tolerated, and there are no published reports of serious adverse side effects or interactions with other natural products or conventional prescription medications.
If you're keen for some further reading on L-theanine, below are a couple research articles we frequently recommend at VitaKea.
Tranquil MindRegular price $64.90 Save $-64.90
What exactly goes into the Tranquil Mind formula?
Primal Herb has chosen each herbal extract for its proven effectiveness, safety, research, and historical use.*
One of the most-researched compounds responsible for the health benefits of green tea, l-theanine is an amino acid known to help regulate mood. Its known to to provide support for anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.*
Like 5-HTP, l-tryptophan is an amino acid precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for better mood and low anxiety. In plentiful amounts, it boosts serotonin to help stress and sleep problems.*
Ever tried 5-HTP supplements for sleep and stress relief? This African shrub is the most common natural source for this amino acid, proven to help produce more serotonin, and thus boost mood, balanced sleep, and lower stress.*
Reishi Spores (Ganoderma lucidum)
Is one of the most studied medicinal mushrooms that has been shown to be an important ally in supporting stress, sleep-promoting properties and the overall calming of the mind.*
Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)
The blooming vine known for producing deliciously sweet passion fruit is also thoroughly researched for its sedative, sleep-improving, and digestion-enhancing effects. Traditional herbalists used it as an anti-depressant.*
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
One of the modern era’s most famed adaptogens hailing from India. Studies show its antioxidant capabilities are so potent that it gives robust protection against stress, therefore holistically reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.*
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis)
Similar to Ashwagandha, Schisandra is a strong and protective adaptogen supported by both centuries of traditional use and scientific research. Known to fortify the body against stress, depression, and anxiety.*
Tranquil Mind also includes piperine, the active alkaloid chemical found in the rinds of black pepper fruits (or corns). This compound immediately increases the bioavailability of all other powerful plant compounds added to this blend – so you can really feel the difference!*
No Fillers, No Dying Agents, No Additives, Just 100% Pure Extracts.
Add to hot water, coffee, tea, or smoothie... or even integrate into some food dishes!
Tranquil Mind can be taken day or night – with or without food. :)
Goes down very well in a before bed relaxation tea.
Each ingredient that is selected for inclusion is supported not only by solid research and scientific evidence, but also a strong body and background of evidence-based traditional use dating back thousands of years.
In the realm of stress relief, anxiety support, and even depression support, many herbs have been explored, both scientifically and experimentally. This includes botanicals selected not only for how they are shown to possibly support symptom relief, but also for how they help strengthen the body to better handle and adapt to stress, which further reduces anxiety, stress, and sleep problems twofold.
None of these herbal ingredients are proven or approved to replace doctor-approved or mainstream therapies for mood disorders.
Instead, think of these ingredients as an extra shield or even additional nutrient support to help one’s flexibility, durability, and stamina when facing challenges to mental wellness and mood.
* DO NOT CONSUME IF USING PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION, AND ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFOREHAND.
Nothing effective in the world of stress relief and hormone balance could ever skip out on ashwagandha. A powerful root that is surprisingly closely related to tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers, it was an important part of the ancient healing practices in Ayurveda from India.
A nourishing tonic and adaptogen in one, ashwagandha is widely known for benefits to reproductive, endocrine, and thyroid health.* But, over the long term, this boost also reaps amazing results for stress and mental health, since these states of wellness can often be governed by the wild world of hormones and neurotransmitters.*
One of nature’s richest sources of natural 5-HTP, this plant from Africa contains phytochemicals that closely mimic a very important neurotransmitter in our bodies that eventually gets transformed into serotonin. In fact, most 5-HTP supplements contain extracts directly from this plant.
Serotonin is vital for regulated mood, good sleep, and normal low anxiety levels. As such, Griffonia has been used extensively in traditional medicine—and studied closely by scientific researchers—for its ability to promote better sleep and reduce anxiety naturally.*
This medicinal mushroom provides an array of beneficial support. Reishi can support Anxiety and Depression; Breast cancer patients reported reduced anxiety and depression, as well as increased quality of life when they received reishi along with their cancer treatment. The group not receiving reishi did not report these effects.
Chinese and Japanese herbalists traditionally recommend it for insomnia due to its sleep-promoting ability *
The world favorite tea plant is known for many health benefits that can be found in green, white, black, and oolong teas, which all originate from the same plant. Beyond boosting energy and metabolism, tea contains l-theanine, an amino acid known to help with anxiety and stress.*
Though it doesn’t work quite like 5-HTP, l-theanine as an amino acid and neurotransmitter can work similar to it. On the one hand, it blocks certain receptors that may feed into or fuel stress and anxiety; and on yet another hand, it stimulates the production of stress-relieving neurotransmitters in the brain, such as GABA.*
Another amino acid in our lineup ensures that the depression, anxiety, or stress-addled brain gets the optimum natural neurotransmitter support it could possibly get.* In the case of l-tryptophan, this chemical is found in good amounts in certain foods and promotes mild stress relief.
In higher supplement amounts, however, l-tryptophan could have even more marked effects on mood and stress.* Our body needs this amino acid, but it can’t produce it on its own and might be especially scarce in those facing mood disorders. Along with 5-HTP and l-theanine, this is an herbal ingredient we include because we don’t feel it should be overlooked.
A beautiful and evocative flower could be one of the best natural remedies for depression discovered in the herbal world thus far. Though it’s nowhere near being considered a replacement for antidepressants, studies nevertheless show that this blooming vine could have great promise one day.
What’s more, passionflower is supported by both evidence-based traditional use as well as research for benefits to insomnia and anxiety, too.* As an added plus, it may have perks for digestion, especially digestion problems related to nervousness and anxiety.*
This bright red berry from Asia is wrapped in legends and folklore about its miraculous health benefits. Though it doesn’t come close to the stories about its powers, this adaptogen herb holds its own well in the realm of research—especially for protection against stress and anxiety.*
Studies also show that schisandra could have very useful properties for relieving depression.* The berry tonic appears to have an impact on GABA, serotonin, and dopamine in beneficial ways that help balance mental health and function. And not only that—the botanical may improve sleep over the long term, as well as reduce the chances of neurological disorders.*
Primal Herb is bringing the best of botanical supplements through the meeting of modern science and ancient practices.
Founded by Sean Landry and Michael Mueller, Primal Herb is on a mission to inspire and provide a natural path to Balance, Restore and Optimize the body. They work toward this through the dispersal of actionable information and their own botanical formulations which are devised from historical learning and the latest scientific studies.
Orange Dreamsicle Sleepwise TeaRegular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
A dreamy blend of chamomile flowers with subtle hints of orange and cream, combined with adaptogenic super-herbs to support your nightly zen. This relaxing elixir is designed to calm the mind, reduce stress, and help you sink into a restorative night's sleep.
Available in 56g (2oz) loose leaf tea in a resealable tin OR 15 teabag (45g) boxes.
Gentle chamomile with a hint of vanilla cream paired with a mellow orange zest.
Subtle relaxation with calming vibrations, floating you gently into dreamland.
Organic Chamomile, Organic Valerian Root, Organic Skullcap, Organic Orange Peel, Organic Natural Vanilla and Orange Flavors, Organic Passion Flower, Organic Stevia.
Does Orange Dreamsicle contain magic monkey dust that will knock me out cold?
Dreamsicle is derived from all natural ingredients, designed to assist your mind and body in relaxing and reduce stress naturally. You won't feel the same heavy drowsy effect which some pharmaceuticals produce, but rather a gentle nudge into dreamland and the potential for a better night's sleep.
Is Orange Dreamsicle Only For Bedtime?
Absolutely not. Dreamsicle can be utilized prior to any other relaxing activities such as meditation, yoga, or floatation tanks.
When should I take Orange Dreamsicle?
This of course depends greatly on your bladder activity. We recommend drinking Orange Dreamsicle about 60 minutes before bed or 15-30 minutes prior to meditation, yoga, spas, or float tanks.
How much caffeine is in Orange Dreamsicle?
Absolutely zero. If you've got a caffeine sensitivity, this tasty tea is your new best friend.
Ritual-PM™ Sleep AidRegular price $69.50 Save $-69.50
60 Capsules / 30 ServesSUGGESTED USE
Take TWO capsules of Ritual-PM with a glass of water 1-hour prior to bed.
- The Ambrosia Collective
KSM-66 AshwagandhaRegular price $59.90 Save $-59.90
120 Capsules of 500mg KSM-66 Ashwagandha.
KSM-66 Ashwagandha Extract (500mg) - A herb root extract used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, acting as an adaptogen it is great for anti-anxiety and stress resilience.
KSM-66 Ashwagandha is a branded, full-spectrum extract, with the highest concentration of all major root only extracts available on the market today. It is produced using a unique proprietary extraction process, based on “Green Chemistry” principles, without using alcohol or any other chemical solvent.
KSM-66 Ashwagandha has been clinically proven to:
Help reduce stress, anxiety, cortisol levels and stress-related food cravings*
Help promote enhanced memory and cognitive function*
Help promote endurance, strength, muscle size and muscle recovery rate*
Help enhance sexual performance health in both men and women, and testosterone in men*
Read more about KSM-66 Ashwagandha here.
SupportMAX Neuro-PMRegular price $89.90 Save $-89.90
The same popular destress and relax SupportMAX Neuro blend but now with added ZMA, L-Theanine, Lemon Balm, Vitamin B6 and B12 to push for stronger relaxation and optimal sleep quality.
800mg KSM66 Ashwaghanda
500mg Lions Mane (mushroom)
400mg Lemon Balm
50mg Vitamin B6
10mg Black Pepper Extract
24μg Vitamin B12
30 Serves per tub (30 Scoops)
Choline plays many essential roles in the body. Notably, it is needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter, as well as lecithin, which helps maintain cell membranes, transmit nerve impulses, process fat and cholesterol, and perform other tasks. Studies have been on a dose of 500g but Strom has doubled that giving you 1g to help maintain proper function of key neurotransmitters.
Ashwagandha has recently become incredibly popular within the health and fitness industry and for good reason. Ashwagandha has a large number of health benefits across a variety of areas.
You will see a decrease in anxiety, cortisol. Furthermore, it can help boost testosterone.
Magnesium may improve your sleep. It plays an important role in your nervous system, helping to activate mechanisms that quiet and calm you. It may also help relieve anxiety and depression, which can interfere with sleep.
This edible mushroom may promote nerve growth and protect the brain from the onset of mental health issues related to old age. Studies have shown that due to Lion's Manes ability to help produce new cells and increase cognitive function it may reduce mild symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Only recently (2017) Brandalise et al found that lion's mane helps to stimulate nerve growth factor (NGF) production. This means this is an effective brain drug because NGF is a neuropeptide that helps maintain neurons which are the cells responsible for helping your brain process and transmit information. So, whether you need to study for an exam, write a paper, or focus better at the gym, the neurotrophic benefits of lion’s mane mushroom can help.
A second study by Mori K et al in 2009 backed up the claim that lion's mane can improve cognitive function. They conducted a double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial on people and showed that lion’s mane was effective for significantly improving cognitive function for up to 16 weeks when continually used.
Essentially this will help manage and store neurotransmitters.
We need to help control and manage these because we can deplete this with a poor diet overtraining, too many stimulants and this can lead to demotivation, anxiety and unhappiness. This is a very good feel good ingredient.
Lemon balm is herb in the mint family which has long been used to support cognitive and mood function. By soothing symptoms of anxiety and stress, lemon balm is widely recognised as having properties to support sleep. It supports the production of the neurotransmitter, GABA, which helps to control the body’s response to stress. Like L-theanine, lemon balm facilitates sleep by encouraging relaxation and decreasing stress and anxiety.
Together, L-theanine and lemon balm can be a powerful remedy for stress and anxiety. By supporting calm and relaxation, these two natural agents can effectively prepare the body for restful sleep.
L-theanine encourages relaxation and supports sleep by facilitating several changes in the brain. Studies have shown that L-theanine increases levels of the neurotransmitters gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin and dopamine — compounds that work to regulate mood, emotion and sleep. Therefore by increasing levels of these soothing brain chemicals, L-theanine will support sleep.
Consumption of Zinc helps to have less wake-ups in the night. It is an excellent & safe sleep aid; and also has a calming & antidepressant effect.
Why We SleepRegular price $54.90 Save $-54.90
“Why We Sleep is an important and fascinating book…Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates
A New York Times bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (Financial Times) is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber.
Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.
An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.
Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.
Dr. Walker earned his degree in neuroscience from Nottingham University, UK, and his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council, London, UK. He subsequently became a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, USA.
Dr. Walker’s research examines the impact of sleep on human health and disease. He has received numerous funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations. To date, he has published over 100 scientific research studies.
Night Owl® Blue Light ProtectionRegular price $69.50 Save $-69.50
Each serving of Night Owl includes full serving of Lutemax 2020 alongside effective doses of Magtein and Suntheanine to create the ultimate all-natural combination supplement that offers blue light defense and improved sleep.
Sleep better, live better, and function better with Ambrosia Night Owl.LUTEMAX FOR EYE PROTECTION
We are constantly surrounded by blue light emitting screens and displays, which can be harmful to our vision, lead to eye strain, and even increase the risk of macular degeneration. Our LuteMax 2020 ingredient acts as a blue light shield and helps to prevent this damage.SUNTHEANINE & MAGTEIN FOR CALM FOCUS
SunTheanine L-Theanine and Magtein Magnesium Threonate work in synergy to promote Alpha Brain Waves and a calm, relaxed feeling that can be used for evening work or to unwind for the evening.
60 Capsules / 30 ServesSUGGESTED USE
To maximize the benefits of Night Owl, take 2 capsules with a glass of water in the late afternoon between lunch and dinner. Works well in conjunction with Ritual-PM Sleep Aid.
- The Ambrosia Collective