What about those relaxation drinks?
Written by Klimentina Muvceski, PharmD Candidate
In such a fast-paced world with so much going on, stressful situations can come up at any time. How do people deal with their stress?
Have you heard of Neuro Bliss? Or Just Chill? Or Marley’s Mellow Mood? Much like people turn to energy drinks for a burst of energy to help them get through their day, people have been turning to relaxation drinks for stress relief. These drinks have recently been added to grocery store shelves, but are they safe?
Relaxation drinks claim to provide a calming effect.
They contain ingredients such as:
- melatonin, which helps regulate sleep cycle
- l-theanine, which is found in green tea
Even though relaxation drinks contain these ingredients, they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore, it’s not surprising that when these drinks were tested, different batches of the same drink contained different amounts of each ingredient.
Warning: Many stress-relieving products found in relaxation drinks may cause sedation. Therefore, avoid driving or performing dangerous tasks after taking these products. These drinks should also be avoided by pregnant or nursing women and children.
Safe and enjoyable alternatives for stress-relief include aromatherapy, exercise, meditation, relaxation therapy and yoga.
Remember: Always talk to your doctor before taking any products for stress-relief, even if you think they are safe. If stress and anxiety become a part of your everyday life and become bothersome, talk to your doctor for other options that may be right for you, such as prescription medications.
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