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Valerian Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.comProduct Reviews

Valerian Supplements Review

Choose the Best Valerian Supplement

Strength and Contamination Vary Widely Among Popular Valerian Brands

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Brands compared in report

Douglas Laboratories Valsed
Gaia Organics Valerian Root
GNC Herbal Plus Valerian Root
Herb Pharm Rhizome With Root Valerian
Herbal Secrets Valerian Root
Nature's Answer Valerian Root
Nature's Sunshine Valerian
Nature's Way Standardized Valerian
NOW Valerian Root
Swanson Valerian Root

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More about this report

Valerian is often promoted as a sleep aid and to help with anxiety. But does it really work, and if so, which products are best? purchased and tested popular brands and reviewed the latest clinical research to find out.

Compounds known as valerenic acids are thought to be responsible for valerian's effects on the nervous system. However, our tests found that many valerian supplements don't provide the amount of valerenic acids shown to be effective in some studies, and a few don't even contain levels expected from the amounts of valerian listed on their labels. Lead contamination was also an issue with two products.

Fortunately, we also identified several products that passed all of our tests of quality and provided significant doses of valerenic acids — without unacceptable lead. Some even cost less than lower dose products. We selected two products as our Top Picks for best valerian.

You must be a member to get the full valerian supplements test results and reviews for 10 valerian products including root powders, extracts, and tinctures. Eight of these were selected for review by and two others passed the same testing in CL's voluntary Quality Certification Program. In the review, you'll learn:

    • ConsumerLab's Top Picks for valerian supplements based on quality, purity, dose, and value
    • Which products passed or failed our tests and why
    • How valerian supplements compare on ingredients, dosage, amounts of valerenic acids, and cost  
    • Amounts of valerenic acids in each product
    • Price comparisons showing how to get the best valerian at lowest cost
    • Clinical information about whether or not valerian works for sleep and anxiety and dosage
    • Safety, side effects, and potential drug interactions with valerian

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