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Product Review: Valerian Supplements Review

Initial Posting: 10/20/13 
Valerian Supplements Reviewed by

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Valerian "Sleep" Supplements Show Wide Variation in Amounts of Key Compounds;
2 Products Fail for Lead Contamination

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Alphabetical list of valerian root supplement brands reviewed in report
Alluna Sleep Gaia Herbs Valerian Root Shaklee Gentle Sleep Comple
Bluebonnet Valerian Root extract Nature's Answer Valerian Solgar Valerian Root Extract
Botanic Choice Valerian Root Nature's Way Valerian Vitacost Valerian Root
Douglas Laboratories Valerian Root Max-V Seroyal's Valerian Plus Vitamin Shoppe Valerian Root Extract
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Valerian root powders and extracts are popular herbal sleep aids and may have anti-anxiety effects.  But few products on the market actually provide the amounts of compounds typically used in clinical trials, and some are contaminated with lead.
Among ten valerian root supplements which selected for review, two were contaminated with small amounts of lead -- a heavy metal that can impair mental functioning and may affect blood pressure. The amounts of lead found in the valerian root supplements are not likely to cause toxicity alone, but it is best to avoid unnecessary lead exposure. also measured the amounts of valerenic acids in each product. These compounds may be important to choosing the best valerian for you: They appear to affect valerian's activity in the nervous system and are markers of valerian quality. While all but one product contained the levels expected by from their labels, the amounts of total valerenic acids in a suggested daily serving ranged from just 1 mg to as much as 7.2 mg. The amounts of specific valerenic acids, which may have different functions, also varied widely.
You must be a member to get the full test results for valerian supplements along with's recommendations and quality ratings. You will get results for ten valerian supplements selected by and for two other valerian supplements which passed our voluntary Quality Certification testing.  

In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
    • Which valerian supplements failed testing and which passed
    • The evidence for and against valerian for sleep and anxiety  
    • How valerian supplements compare on ingredients, dosage, amounts of valerenic acids, and cost  
    • Important differences in valerian made from root powder vs. root extract
    • Dosage generally used for sleep and other applications
    • Concerns, cautions, drug interactions, and potential side-effects of valerian root supplements

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