The formulas for At Ease™ and At Ease PM™ have deliberately overlapping ingredients, although the botanicals in the two products vary, selected to contribute to daytime calm and nighttime rest. The formulas are targeted to help address occasional nervous tension and stress that often results in sleep issues.
At Ease is a calming and relaxing gluten-free formula that doesn’t dull the senses. Designed to help diminish the damaging effects of chronic stress, this blend of nutrients and herbs actually helps focus and concentration.
Dan Chapman, founder and CEO of Redd Remedies, says of At Ease that it helps quiet the brain and leads to a state of “alert relaxation.” The formula does this by helping to balance neurotransmitters – the inhibitory or calming and the excitatory or stimulating.
Vitamins and Minerals
As B vitamins are crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and how they work in the brain and body, they are a vital part of the At Ease formula. Nearly all B vitamins are involved in brain function and emotional health. Water soluble, they need to be replenished regularly, and they are often lacking in the standard American diet. Included in At Ease are: B1, needed for GABA production; B6, needed to support serotonin and help with GABA production; and Niacinimide, the form of niacin that can cross the blood-brain barrier and helps clean up GABA receptors, so GABA can be used more efficiently. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter.
Magnesium is a co-factor in countless biological actions, including neurotransmitter production and conversion of B vitamins into a biologically active state. Few Americans get enough magnesium in their diets, and chronic stress depletes magnesium. But epidemiological studies show that as the amount of magnesium in the diet decreases, nervous tension and mood instability increase.
A blend of amino acids are included, to give the body and brain the ability to select the ones needed to achieve neurotransmitter balance. An aromatic amino acid extracted from Griffonia Simplicifolia seeds, 5-HTP is an easily absorbed and readily converted precursor to serotonin. It is especially effective when used in combination with other nutrients. GABA, the main calming neurotransmitter, is included, along with L-theanine. Suntheanine®, the brand of L-theanine used in At Ease, is derived from fermented green tea leaves in a patented process. Research done on L-theanine, which shows effectiveness in decreasing stress and increasing relaxation and alertness, has been done using Suntheanine.
Adaptogens and Herbs
Adaptogens are included in At Ease to help manage the negative effects of chronic stress. Adaptogens help modulate the HPA axis balance and lower the stress hormone, cortisol. In the Ayurvedic tradition, Bacopa monnieri (Brahmi) is known for its calming properties and as a brain tonic – helping with focus and concentration. Schisandra is also included. Known as the five-flavor berry, in the Chinese tradition it is used to help calm the spirit so it can spread joy from a tranquilized heart.
The herbs in At Ease PM were selected to help with occasional sleeplessness. Hops is included to help address nervous tension at bedtime. Lemon balm helps with restlessness, and California poppy helps people fall and stay asleep with no residual hangover. (California poppy will not be a problem for a drug test).
Daily and As Needed
At Ease has been formulated to be safe for long-term use. Taken daily, it provides nutrients that help the brain relax and maintain focus. At Ease PM can be taken on an as-needed basis, to help achieve the benefits of a full and restful sleep.
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