The 5 ingredients used in Be Serene products will help reduce anxiety. We created these formulas specifically to enhance your nervous system’s response to stress. All of the ingredients are non-GMO and many of them are also sustainably wildcrafted. This is a supplement you can feel good about putting in your body on many levels.
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1. Mulungu Bark
The Mulungu Tree, scientific name Erythrina mulungu, is a medicinal plant found in the Amazon region of South America. While many parts of the plant have been used by indigenous people for centuries, Be Serene uses Mulungu Bark powder to deliver the calming effects of the plant.
The primary use of Mulungu is to help with anxiety and insomnia.
There are also other positive effects of taking this supplement. It can improve your cardiac functioning, support your liver, lower your blood pressure, help you quit smoking by reducing cravings, and improve your memory. This really is a wonderful supplement to add to your anti-anxiety arsenal.
Mulungu mimics the behavior of the essential amino acid, GABA. It binds to the GABA receptors in your brain which helps to regulate your nervous system function, leading to lower anxiety. Lower levels of GABA in the brain can lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.
The word Mulungu is another word for the supreme being in East and Central African Bantu cultures. As those cultures are not related to the Amazon region, it’s unclear where this name came from. However, it is clear that this supplement has been used by Indigenous people of the region to help with anxiety for a long time.
2. Tulsi Leaf
Tulsi is something you may have seen on the menu at your local tea shop. It is also known as Holy Basil, and the scientific name is ocimum tenuiflorum. It is native to India, but is now found throughout all of Southeast Asia. In addition to being a powerful anti-anxiety supplement, it is also an important part of many Vaishnava Hindu rituals, and Ayurvedic healthcare practices.
Tulsi has many uses from clearing up bronchitis to easing symptoms from malaria. It is an adaptogen – meaning it helps your body deal with stress of any kind. So, it is helpful for anxiety. Studies in both humans an animals have shown that it can reduce stress, help you sleep better, and reduce overall exhaustion. Studies have shown taking tulsi daily – either by drinking it as a tea or in a supplement – can have the same effect as popular anti-anxiety and anti-depression pharmaceuticals. However, it has none of the harmful side effects.
In our modern scientific studies, tulsi has been shown to have similar effects to anti-depressants. However, unlike those drugs, some of which can cause memory loss, tulsi has been shown to actually help enhance your memory and cognition power.
Within Ayurvedic tradition, tulsi was used to help anxiety, but more from a preventative approach. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend taking tulsi every day to lead to a balanced mental state.
In the Hindu religion, Tulsi is a sacred plant. It is seen as the manifestation of the goddess of the same name, and the avatar of the deity Lakshmi. It is used in many rituals and many Hindu homes have tulsi plants in special containers. Anyone who waters or cares for a tulsi plant in Hindu culture is said to gain favor and grace with the god Vishnu. There is even a festival to worship the tulsi plant in Hindu culture.
3. Schisandra Berry
Schisandra, also known as five-flavor fruit or magnolia berry, is a plant that is native to China and far eastern regions of Russia. This herb is very important in Chinese medicine. It is considered one of the 50 essential herbs for formulations in this medicinal practice.
Schisandra is another adaptogen which means that it helps to balance your body and mind. It helps you resist stress and anxiety by regulating cortisol production. Cortisol is the stress hormone and while it does have an important function, too much of it can make you feel overly stressed and anxious. Taking schisandra can also increase your energy, Studies have shown that it also improves concentration and mental endurance. The nutrients and alkaloids within the supplement can even slow the aging process!
Just one of the amazing ways that schisandra works is that it blocks the formation of amyloid beta peptides in your brain. This presents amyloid plaque from forming, which is one of the factors in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies done on animals have shown the anti-depressant properties of the supplement. And, it’s adaptogenic effects to reduce stress and anxiety are also well documented.
Schisandra has been used since the days of Ancient China. The earliest documented use of the supplement is from 2697 BCE. In Northern China, hunting tribes would take supplies of these dried berries to fortify themselves on long, cold hunting journeys.
In Chinese medicinal folklore, it is said that this berry “calms the heart and quiets the mind,” showing that it can help with anxiety.
4. Rehmannia Root
Rehmannia, also known as Chinese Foxglove, is another important herb in Chinese medicine. It is said to balance the yin, an important concept in Eastern medicinal traditions. The herb is native to Northern China and has been documented in Chinese medicine for more than 2 millenia.
Rehmannia Root Benefits
Rehmannia is used in Eastern traditions to help with many different conditions ranging from anemia to cancer. It has a powerful general balancing effect, which is why it has been a popular supplement since ancient times. It is a great herb to strengthen overworked adrenal glands, and calm a wired nervous system. It mainly works by regulating the stress hormones released by the adrenal glands to help you stay peaceful and calm.
Rehmannia Root Science
There have only been a few studies performed on this supplement. However, the ones that have been done are promising. One study showed that rehmannia may help to slow neurodegenerative disorders by preventing cell death. What we do know, is that thousands of years of use in Chinese medicine to help with anxiety is one body of evidence we can use to verify the effectiveness of rehmannia.
Rehmannia Root Lore
Taoism is at the foundation of Chinese medicine. Everything in this way of thinking is about finding balance between yin and yang, so it makes sense that rehmannia would be one of the 50 fundamental herbs of Chinese medicine. It is very balancing and is considered useful as a part many herbal medicine formulations.
5. Shatavari Root
Shatavari is actually a form of the delicious vegetable asparagus. It is also known by its scientific name asparagus racemosus. It grows primarily in India and the Himalayas. Like many of the other supplements in Be Serene, shatavari is also an adaptogen that helps you deal with stress and anxiety.
Shatavari Root Benefits
Shatavari contains 3 known antioxidants – racemofuran, asparagamine A, and racemol. These help to prevent cell damage and fight diseases caused by cell deterioration. It can also relieve inflammation, stop diarrhea, and help reduce the effects of aging. However, most importantly for Be Serene, it is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to help with depression.
Shatavari Root Science
A study performed in 2009 showed that shatavari had similar effects on the brains of rodents as anti-depressants. While more studies need to be done to find out the exact mechanism, scientists believe that this supplement works with neurotransmitters in your brain to relieve negative depressive symptoms. Unlike prescription drugs that do the same thing, shatavari doesn’t have any side effects and one study deemed that it is even a safe supplement for pregnant and nursing mothers to use. However, keep in mind, if you are allergic to asparagus, you should not take shatavari.
Shatavari Root Lore
In India, shatavari is primarily used to support women’s health in all phases. It is used to balance women’s hormones and aid with PMS, menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause. The saying in India is that a woman who takes shatavari has the “beauty and strength to acquire 100 husbands.”