Dual Function For Beautiful Skin And A Relaxed Night
Our own beautiful bedtime beverage isn’t simply a knock-out, get-you-to-sleep, natural sleep remedy (although, if that was all it were, the benefits from that alone would be pretty impressive), this naturally delicious nighttime drink has far more benefits to it than that.
Let’s just start with a quick reminder of what you are helping to protect yourself from if you get good quality sleep:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression
- Weight gain
- Safety behind the wheel etc.
Our very own beauty sleep SOS was designed in such a way that it does more than help you sleep: it contains ingredients that protect the brain, improve your skin, reduce inflammation and protect your joints.
Our go-to nappetiser is not simply a non-addictive, natural sleep aid, it’s positively beneficial for you too! Let’s take a look at a couple of the key body-beneficial ingredients:
Chamomile – Our Sleep Drink’s (And A Beauty Editor’s) Best Kept Secret
We believe our inclusion of a high quality (pharmaceutical grade, no less) chamomile extract in our drink is a very important part of why our bedtime companion is so beneficial.
For hundreds of years Chamomile has been used to calm the nerves, soothe the digestive system and, more recently, it has been used as a valuable anti-inflammatory cosmetic ingredient for face creams. I have a Greek friend who tells me that the locals say to drink plenty of chamomile if you want to stay young.
But like all natural things around us, the closer you look, the more amazing Chamomile gets. Here’s why: Chamomile contains a stunning little gem with potentially awesome health enhancing and protective benefits – APIGENIN
Apigenin is a flavonoid found in high concentrations in Chamomile. Indeed, the chamomile extract in our sleep drink is standardised for its rich apigenin content.
Okay, so we know that sleep is emerging as one of THE most protective things against developing Alzheimer’s disease. You can read all about the stunning detoxification that occurs in the brain, at night, as you sleep. So, the fact that chamomile helps you sleep is pretty awesome enough (and there is a difference here between chamomile and certain sleep drugs such as zopiclone for example, which knocks you out but prevents you from moving through the deep healing cycles of sleep). But how about the fact that, under the closer examination of scientific research, apigenin, a key constituent of chamomile, is emerging as a potentially PERFECT candidate for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. You read that right. Apigenin has been proven to protect against the pathological changes, including neuro-inflammation and the development of plaques, seen in this dreaded affliction. (AMEN to that! Sorry, but I just love herbs and what they can do for us all.)
In fact, based on the results from the exciting studies below, apigenin may be a preventative therapy against a number of neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression and that’s because inflammation is being increasingly viewed as a major contributor in these diseases. Apigenin is able to exert these effects because it freely crosses the blood-brain barrier (this is quite a feat as the junction between the body and brain blood supply is necessarily tight, making medical treatment for the brain inherently difficult).
Emerging science is demonstrating that apigenin could be the perfect candidate against Alzhiemer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders such as:
- Protective against neuroinflammation, excito-toxicty and cell death
- Cognitive enhancing
- Anti-amyloidogenic (inhibits the formation of amyloid plaques as found in Alzheimer’s disease)
- Stimulates neurogenesis (formation of new brain cells)
I could go on much longer about the potential for apigenin in health and disease but I have to draw the line somewhere, now, onto other key ingredients…
Collagen Peptides – More Than Just A Boost For Your Skin
As recovered insomniacs, Sarah and I are all too aware of the ravaging effects of insomnia on the skin and this is why we included collagen in our drink. Who doesn’t want to maximise their beauty sleep, right?
Consumption of dietary collagen has reduced over the years as we have moved away from traditional and more economical cuts of meat (such as oxtail, slow cooked meat on the bone and more generally, nose-to-tail eating) which are naturally high in collagen. The amino acids in collagen have many anti-inflammatory and anti-stress benefits for our health.
Here is a list of some of the key benefits of collagen for your body and skin:
- Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines in skin
- Reduction of joint pain
- Rejuvenating for hair
- Collagen’s most abundant amino acid, glycine may be crucial in the control of type 2 diabetes and protective against other metabolic disorders
Glycine, the main amino acid in collagen, has also been found to be protective for the brain, promoting recovery from strokes and seizures and also reducing symptoms of schizophrenia. It has been shown to be anti-tumour, beneficial for gut health and protective against osteoporosis. As you can see, the benefits we receive from collagen go far beyond skin rejuvenation.
L-theanine – Meditation in a Teacup
Finally, but by no means least, L-theanine: a fascinating amino acid which is only found in the green tea plant, Camellia sinensis. It is an interesting coupling with the caffeine naturally present in tea because whilst the caffeine is a stimulant, L-theanine creates calmness, giving a calm-focus effect. But, back to why we included the isolated amino acid, l-theanine in our drink. Firstly, because it is safe and has literally hundreds of years of use by millions of people a day, but also because it:
- Stimulates alpha brain waves – the type of brain waves that are observed during meditation
- Lowers cortisol. This is critical as at night, peaks of cortisol are known to disturb sleep
- Reduces anxiety. This is helpful because a common symptom of insomnia at night is a feeling of dread or fear or circulating thoughts
- Improves symptoms of depression including anxiety, insomnia and cognitive decline in patients with major depressive disorder
Now, can you see why we say that our beauty sleep beverage is positively good for you. And I bet you can also now see why Sarah and I are more than happy to take it every night – not just for the sleep bearing benefits. The synergy and balance of each of these ingredients and of every additional spice and nutrient in our formula has been specifically and carefully chosen to reduce physical and mental stress. We have been diligent in keeping the ingredients natural and simple to avoid inclusion of potentially allergenic ingredients including preservatives and even anti-caking agents. Why? because we care…about you and we genuinely want you to sleep well as you should.
Let’s drink to sleep and positively good health! (Missing out on your BEAUTY SLEEP? You can purchase our solution here.)
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