Biosential - Zenbev Drink Mix - 8.8 oz. (250g)
ZenBev Drink Mix is a unique powder made with ORGANIC food ingredients that promote deep restful sleep and daytime calm as a natural source of protein-based tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in all proteins and is essential in nutritions. Under the proper circumstances, it metabolizes into serotonin and melatonin. This NATURAL and ORGANI SOURCE of tryptophan found in pumbkinseed flour is combined with specific ingredients into a proprietary and a Patented formulation designed to provide the optimal conditions to be fully utilized by the body.
Zenbev promotes Deep Restful sleep and daytime calm.
What does Zenbev Do?
Zenbev can be taken during the day to provide a powerful source of tryptophan, a precursor for serotonin. Serotonin regulates mood, emotion and appetite, and is well-known to alleviate stress, anxiety and depression. Other purported benefits of ingesting a natural source of tryptophan include easing chronic pain symptoms, weight loss and increased libido.
Tryptophan is light sensitive, meaning it metabolizes differently in light vs. dark conditions. When taken during daylight hours Zenbev’s tryptophan becomes serotonin providing the afore mentioned benefits. If taken at night, Zenbev’s tryptophan turns into serotonin, which then metabolizes into melatonin, thus activating the brain’s own sleep mechanism. As the brain produces the exact amount of melatonin that it requires, the body is primed for a natural, restful sleep.
Zenbev vs. Sleep Medications
Virtually every sleep medication, either herbal or pharmaceutical, disrupts sleep architecture. Medications currently available tend to increase light sleep (stages 1 and 2) at the expense of deep sleep (stages 3 and 4) as well as inhibiting REM sleep which results in side effects of drowsiness and lack of refreshment. As the tryptophan in Zenbev allows the brain to produce melatonin, none of the sleep stages are compromised, resulting in a preservation of sleep architecture and a deep, uninterrupted sleep.
Zenbev vs. Anxiety Medications
Medications to reduce anxiety are most often from a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines; this family of drugs is associated with tolerance and dependence. Benzodiazepines are synthetic and do not work within the body’s own natural chemistry and as such can have significant side effects such as excessive sedation and lack of coordination. Zenbev, on the other hand, provides a natural source tryptophan which bolsters the body’s own natural anxiety management system.
Zenbev vs. Synthetic Melatonin
Since the melatonin produced in our brains is responsible for the onset of sleep, many people try to take synthetically-produced melatonin. Over-the-counter melatonin should not be considered natural. One of the issues with synthetic melatonin is the short half-life in the body. The half-life should be measured in several hours. Synthetic melatonin leaves the body quite rapidly with a half-life of less than one hour which means the effect is lost midway during the night. Consequently, a higher dosage is required, resulting in a hangover effect the next day.
Although melatonin is thought to be ‘natural’, when used in high dosages it overrides the brain’s natural sleep chemistry by providing too much of the end product. The brain loses its chance to regulate the production of this important sleep hormone. More importantly, the body does not have an opportunity to suppress production of melatonin when sleep is coming to the end. The brain has evolved an elaborate process of producing and regulating melatonin so that just the right amount is used in just the right area of the brain.
It may seem convenient to circumvent the process and provide super dosages of melatonin to the body to produce sleep, but it ignores normal sleep physiology resulting in increased difficulties which are not necessary. Zenbev provides the ingredients and circumstances in order for the brain to determine when and how much melatonin is needed, resulting in a good night’s sleep.
Zenbev vs. 5-HTP
Supplemental 5-HTP is the intermediary between tryptophan and serotonin and has been offered as a natural remedy for serotonin deficiency-related medical states. Natural source tryptophan, however, offers a major advantage over 5-HTP in that it is not directly metabolized to serotonin in the intestine which protects against side effects associated with 5-HTP such as increased nausea, vomiting, cramping, constipation and/ or diarrhea.
RESEARCH AND SCIENCE
In 1997, Dr. Craig Hudson invented a proprietary formula to aid an increasing number of people suffering from various sleep problems. Most of these people had tried different medications and were dissatisfied with the options available to them and many had just given up hope for an effective solution. Dr. Hudson’s formula is comprised of a natural source of tryptophan derived from pumpkin seeds, which is an essential amino acid our bodies can normally only get from food sources. Tryptophan metabolizes into serotonin, and in a nighttime environment, turns into melatonin which allows us to fall asleep naturally.
Pumpkin seeds when ingested alone, however, are not a sufficient source of tryptophan. This is due to intense competition from other amino acids, which are also part of pumpkin seed protein, for access to transport sites across the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB). Zenbev’s natural source of tryptophan is combined with other precise ingredients that help it to function optimally. A small amount of a high glycemic index (GI) carbohydrate is specifically included in the formulation. Its role is to combine with the other amino acids and shunt them toward the liver, thus leaving tryptophan, which is largely protein-bound, with a clear advantage to get into the brain.
Adults over the age of 16 mix 1 to 2 scoops into hot or cold water or juice up to three times per day. Individuals under the age of 16 should consult their physcian before using. Tryptophan metabolizes to serotonin in high light conditions and to melatonin in low light conditions, thus promoting restful sleep. Start with one full scope for three days/nights, then gradually increasing by one half scoop until desired effect is reached. Once desired effect is reached take two nights/days break for every five nights/days taken. Less may be required over time. Note: this product does not dissolve in liquids. May be taken with applesauce, jam or yogurt if avoiding fluids before bed.
May cause Drowsiness. Do not take prior to operating a vehicle or heavy machinery at night. Pregnant and nursing women, diabetics, or those currently taking an antidepressant and/or lithium should consult a physcian before using this product. Persons diagnosed with Lupus should avoid this product.
AMOUNT PER SERVING ________%DAILY VALUE
Calories 40...............................Calories from fat 4.5
Total Fat 1g..............................1%
Total Carboyhdrates 6.5g...........2%
Dietary Fiber .5g.......................2%
Other ingredints: Pumpkinseed flour (certified organic), Dextrose (certified organic), Natural Lemon Flavor, Rice Starch (certified organic), Guar Gum (certified organic).
100% vegetarian & Vegan. Organic ingredients.
Biosential Inc. was founded in 1997 by Craig Hudson, MD and his wife Susan Hudson and is based in Toronto, Ontario. In the past 10 years Biosential has grown from an idea that wouldn’t go away to a global entity dedicated to developing, testing, manufacturing and distributing quality functional foods. With a view to treat the body using food where possible instead of medications, these functional foods take advantage of established scientific advances and tweak them through a nutritional rather than chemical lens.
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