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  • Vitamin B1 (as Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (as Niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCL), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 (as Cobalamin 1%), Biotin (1%), Vitamin B5 (as Pantothenic Acid), Magnesium (as A.A. Chelate), Zinc (as Acetate), Chromium (as Polyniconate 10%)
  • Herbs: St. John's Wort (whole), Ginkgo Biloba (leaf), GABA Inositol (USP), Choline (as ), Valerian (root), Passion Flower (herb), Griffonia Extract 25% (5-HTP)
  • 100 Capsules 500 mg.
  • 2 Capsules each morning with food. Take an additional 4 to 6 per day as needed.

Herbs and Supplements:

Several herbs promote a healthy mood. Here is a brief overview of some of the most common ones:

St John's Wort:

  • St John's Wort is native to the European continent and especially well known in the area surrounding Great Britain. It now grows wild throughout most of the world.
  • St. John's Wart is found in meadows and on river banks and prefers sunny positions in somewhat chalky soil.
  • St. John’s wort is thought to be named after St. John the Baptist, whose feast day (24th June) occurs when the plant is in full bloom.
  • St John's Wort contains the active chemical hypericin.
    • Hypericin may be what gives the herb most of its efficacy.
    • Other compounds such as hyperforin and flavonoids may play a role as well.
  • St. John's wort is widely believed to promote healthy moods.
    • Researchers suspect that ingredients in the herb (hypericin and hyperforin) may change levels of certain brain chemicals, like serotonin and dopamine.
      • Both serotonin and dopamine are chemicals produced by the human body to control moods and inner feelings.
    • Basically St. John’s Wort is perceived to utilize hypericin and hyperforin that exist in the plant to level the uptake of serotonin and dopamine.
  • St John's Wort is a well known herb that has been used for centuries by many different cultures.

Valerian Root:

  • Valerian is a flowering plant native to Europe and Asia.
  • It's Ayurvedic name is Tagar and it's Chinese name is Xie Cao.
  • The root of Valerian has long been used as an herbal supplement.
  • The use of valerian root dates back to the Greek and Roman Empires and was noted by Hippocrates in his journals.
  • Valerian contains a substance known as valerenic acid that is believed to affect gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain.
    • It is believed that one of the purposes of GABA is to control fear or anxiety experienced when nerve cells are overexcited.
    • This mechanism of action is thought to be the basis of Valerian's efficacy.
  • Valerian another active group of components that may contribute to its effectiveness.
    • They are the iridoids, which include the valepotriates. Valepotriates and their derivatives may promote a calm feelings.

B Vitamins:

  • B Vitamins are an essential nutrient for health. They  Here at Grandma's Herbs we call them the happy vitamins.
  • Vitamin B complex is composed of eight B vitamins: B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 (niacin), B-5 (pantothenic acid), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-7 (biotin), B-9 (folic acid), and B-12 (cobalamin).
  • The B vitamins help enzymes in our bodies do their jobs and are important for a wide range of cellular functions, like breaking down carbohydrates and transporting nutrients throughout the body.
  • The B vitamins play an inter-related role in keeping our brains running properly. Adequate amounts of B vitamins in the body are essential for optimal physiological and neurological functioning.
    • B vitamins may benefit mood and reduce the physiological response to stress.
    • Vitamin B comples plays an essential role in certain bodily functions including helping your body make energy from the food you eat and forming red blood cells and maintain healthy skin cells, brain cells, and other body tissues..
    • B vitamins support just about every aspect of healthy brain function.
    • B vitamins are safe for human consumption. They play a major role in maintaining good health and well-being.


  • Magnesium is a mineral that plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses.
  • Findings in current studies offer modest support that Magnesium (Mg) intake may benefit individuals who deal with stressful or anxious circumstances.
  • Magnesium may interact with and support the hypothalamic, pituitary and adrenal glands. These glands are responsible for the release of hormones in stressful situations. Magnesium appears to support the healthy function of those glands. 

  • GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid):
    • Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter that helps send messages between the brain and the nervous system. It is produced in the brain from glutamate. This process is catalyzed by the active form of vitamin B6 and the enzyme glutamate decarboxylase.
    • GABA currently being studied for the effects it has in relation to stress and anxiety.
    • The significance of this key neurotransmitter has just recently been recognized, but it is now thought that it plays a role in a multitude of health conditions. Reaction to stress is one of the many studies currently under way.

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP):

  • 5-HTP is an amino acid. It is essential for the manufacturing of serotonin in the brain.
    • Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body. It is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior.
  • Supplementing with 5-HTP may promote calming feelings. The calming feeling my help with reactions to every day stress and even calmness during sleep.

The statements above are for informational purposes only. They do not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar ingredients.

* "Herbal supplements are not drugs. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*

What is stress?

We feel that stress is the umbrella word that best defines what we feel when we are anxious, nervous or tense. The actual definition of stress as a noun is; pressure or tension exerted on a material object, or a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It also can be used as a verb; to give particular emphasis or importance to (a point, statement, or idea) made in speech or writing or subject to pressure or tension. No matter how we use the word "stress" the application of pressure and tension is right there in the forefront.

In psychology, stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Stress is a type of psychological pain. Small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy. Positive stress helps improve athletic performance. It also plays a factor in motivation, adaptation, and reaction to the environment. On the other hand too much stress can have a negative affect on people of all ages, genders and circumstances and can lead to both physical and psychological health issues.

Stressors can be external (from the environment, psychological, or social situations) or internal (illness, or injury). Stress the feeling of tension or pressure from an outside source can initiate the "fight or flight" response. That's a complex reaction of neurologic and endocrinologic systems, Short term it tends to enhance performance but long term dealings can have a negative effect on one's health.

The point is that we all live with some stress and pressure. Sometimes it can lead to immediate reactions to adverse events that help our situation. More often than not the constant pressure that causes us to be "stressed out" may cause temporary bouts of depression and may even debilitate us enough that we become "stress paralyzed" (a state where one is unable to react to the situation at hand).

How to deal with stress. There are several different ways that one can deal with stress. Here is a list of just a few.

  • Exercise:
    • Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress.
      It might seem contradictory, but putting physical stress on your body through exercise can relieve mental stress. The benefits are strongest when you exercise regularly. People who exercise regularly are less likely to experience anxiety than those who don't exercise.
    • There are a few reasons behind this:
    • Stress hormones: Exercise lowers your body's stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.
    • Sleep: Exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
    • Confidence: When you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing.
  • Reduce Caffeine Intake:
    • Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety. People have different tolerance levels of caffeine. Since caffeine is a metabolism booster it might add to a stressful situation. If you feel overly anxious at home or at work it might be a good idea to keep the caffeine intake to a minimum.
  • Laugh!!!
    • Laughter truly is the best medicine.
    • It's hard to feel anxious when you're laughing. It's good for your health, and there are a few ways it may help relieve stress:
      • Relieving your stress response.
      • Relieving tension by relaxing your muscles.
      • In the long term, laughter can also help improve your immune system and mood.
      • Try watching a funny TV show or hanging out with friends who make you laugh.
  • Yoga:
    • YES those odd poses that seem to contort bodies in ways that they just shouldn't bend are good for you physically and emotionally!
    • Yoga has become a popular method of stress relief and exercise among all age groups.
      • While yoga styles differ, most share a common goal — to join your body and mind.
      • Yoga primarily does this by increasing body and breath awareness.
        • Some studies have examined yoga's effect on mental health.
        • Overall, research has found that yoga can enhance mood and may even be as effective as antidepressant drugs at treating depression and anxiety.
    • In general, the benefit of yoga for stress and anxiety seems to be related to its effect on your nervous system and stress response.
    • It may help lower cortisol levels, blood pressure and heart rate and increase gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that is lowered in mood disorders.
  • Meditate while listening to soothing music.
    • Meditation has been around just about as long as civilization. We know that meditation allows us to become calm and collected.
    • Adding slow soothing music to meditation can multiply the effects of the meditation itself.
      • The music should be instrumental and should be calming in YOUR opinion. We all have different tastes in music and therefore what you choose as calming should work.

The information listed above is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products on this website.

* "Herbal supplements are not drugs. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*

The difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet

The difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet

Is a plant-based diet the same thing as a vegan diet? Both meal plans have made headlines for their health benefits in recent years and while they are similar, there are some key differences: Vegan diets eliminate all animal products, while plant-based diets do not necessarily eliminate animal products, but focus on eating mostly plants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

What is a vegan diet?

“With a vegan diet, you eliminate all animal products, including dairy, meat, poultry, fish, eggs and honey,” says, Dr. Farid Zarif a bariatric medicine nutritionist, founder of Rhythmic Ingestion, author of "Slaves of the Tongue".

Some people choose to follow a vegan diet for ethical, environmental or health reasons. While going vegan can have health benefits, there are some pitfalls to avoid.

“Just because something is vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy,” he says. “If you’re vegan, you can still technically eat vegan cookies, potato chips and other vegan junk food, which can be high in calories and low in nutrients. I recommend sticking to whole foods as much as possible.”

What is a plant-based diet?

Plant-based diets also emphasize eating whole foods, meaning the food has undergone little – if any – processing and is as close to its natural state as possible.

Plant-based foods include:



Whole grains (quinoa, farro, barley, oatmeal)

Plant-based oils (avocado, olive, canola)

Nuts and seeds

What is the right meal plan for you?

“Regardless of what meal plan you choose, everyone’s diet should ideally consist of 50 percent vegetables,” says Dr. Zarif. “Fruit is healthy too, but I like to focus on vegetables because they have less sugar.”

When building your plate, aim for:

50 percent vegetables

25 percent whole grains

25 percent lean protein

“If you are not eating meat or other animal proteins like eggs, try beans or quinoa for plant-based protein,” he says.

Adding healthy fats – such as avocado oil when roasting veggies, a sprinkle of slivered almonds on your oatmeal or sliced avocado on your salad – will help you feel full for longer. And healthy fats have numerous other health benefits.

When to talk to your doctor about your diet

“It’s a good idea to see your primary care doctor to get a basic framework for what a healthy diet should look like for you, particularly if you have an underlying health condition or have had weight loss surgery, which can affect how your body processes nutrients,” says Dr. Zarif. “For example, if you have diabetes and want to eat healthily, be sure to eat small portions, not to exceed 2 servings”.

Also, if you are vegan, vegetarian or don’t eat many animal products, she recommends asking your doctor to check your B vitamin levels.

“B12 deficiency is common in vegans because it’s a nutrient that we need to know more about, along with its varying sources,” he explains. “If you don’t consume many animal products, talk to your doctor about taking a supplement.”

Calcium is another important nutrient that can be hard to get when you don’t eat dairy products. Dr. Zarif recommends eating and drinking calcium-fortified plant-based milk (like almond milk) or other calcium-fortified foods.

“If you’re not getting three servings of calcium-rich foods each day, ask your doctor about adding a supplement,” he says. “Try to get at least some calcium from your diet because taking too many calcium supplements can cause adverse side effects.”

Is a vegan or plant-based diet healthy?

If you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains, you should still get a good chunk of your daily vitamins and minerals because plant-based foods are high in many nutrients.

“If you’re going to follow a vegan or plant-based diet, think through it carefully and plan out your meals,” says Dr. Zarif. “You don’t necessarily have to go vegan to be healthy – plant-based is a good option for people who struggle with consistency and planning. If you are going to commit to a vegan diet, make a plan and be consistent about incorporating all the healthy food groups, including plant-based protein, so you don’t miss out on nutrients.”

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