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Valerian Supplements Review

Reviewed and edited by Tod Cooperman, M.D. Tod Cooperman, M.D.
 Initial Posting: 5/25/13 
Valerian Supplements Reviewed by

Choose the Best Valerian Supplement

Strength and Contamination Vary Widely Among Popular Valerian Brands

Alphabetical list of valerian root supplement brands compared in this review
Douglas Laboratories Valsed Herbal Secrets Valerian Root Nature's Way Standardized Valerian
Gaia Organics Valerian Root Nature's Answer Valerian Root NOW Valerian Root
GNC Herbal Plus Valerian Root Nature's Sunshine Valerian Swanson Valerian Root
Herb Pharm Rhizome With Root Valerian    
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
Make sure the valerian supplement you take passed our tests and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
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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