Most people can take valerian with no problem. However if you have liver disease or another serious illness, it is important to speak to your doctor before taking any supplements.
Pregnant people or children under the age of three should not take valerian without prior medical consultation.
Unlike prescription sleeping pills, valerian herb capsules will not usually cause a feeling of drowsiness on waking.
Data based from long traditional use indicates that valerian is extremely safe for almost everyone, with minimal side effects.
Some people report headaches, dizziness or abdominal discomfort after taking valerian but this should ease as soon as you stop taking it.
Allergic reactions are rare but can happen. Consult your GP if you think you are experiencing symptoms of an allergy.
A lot of people take valerian for sleep. This is because the same compounds that ease anxiety also produce a mild sedative effect.
In fact, research shows that valerian may help you to not only fall asleep more easily, but improve your quality and quantity of sleep too, helping to get you to a ‘deep sleep’ state up to 36% faster.
Easing long term feelings of anxiety is not as easy as simply popping a pill.
We recommend combining valerian extract with a healthy diet and exercise because a healthy body aids a healthy mind.
Consider taking up a hobby that can take your mind off feelings of stress and bring you joy in hard times. Perhaps knitting does it for you, or maybe something more active like swimming or yoga could help.
Minimising stressors in your life is the key to minimising anxiety, however, so it may be time for some lifestyle changes.
That might mean cutting out difficult people or speaking to your boss about your workload. Waving goodbye to alcohol can really help too.
If you experience serious anxiety regularly speak to your GP. They may advise talking therapies or attending a support group.
The apparent effectiveness of valerian tablets such as these Holland & Barrett capsules for anxiety is due to a number of factors.
Not only does valerian contain antioxidants hesperidin and linarin, both thought to have sedative qualities, but it is extremely high in valerenic acid.
Found to inhibit the breakdown of gamma-aminobutyric acid, levels of which are lower in bodies under stress, valerenic acid works in the very same way as prescription medications like Xanax but in a gentler way.
Additionally the compounds in valerian may inhibit activity in the amygdala, the part of your brain that produces strong reactions to stress.
Looking for a natural alternative to sleep aids and anxiety meds? Look no further than ‘nature’s Valium’, valerian root.
A herb native to Europe and Asia but grown all over the globe, many people use valerian root for anxiety, finding that it aids sleep and for some, fosters a sense of calm during tough moments.
Used since ancient times, valerian root extract contains a number of compounds that are responsible for its mild sedative effect.