Mat and I are often in natural stores buying health products etc., and we came upon something new called ZenBev. What is this items? It’s a sleep aid that’s natural, non-habit forming, and of course vegan/gluten free.
Here’s an explanation from the company website:
How does Zenbev help insomnia?
Zenbev provides the body with a natural food source of tryptophan, which is more readily assimilated by the body than synthetic sources. The tryptophan required by our bodies is provided in a way the brain recognizes. Combined with the proper ingredients, Zenbev’s unique formula facilitates optimal efficiency for treating insomnia. The tryptophan in the protein source metabolizes into serotonin, which then metabolizes into melatonin at night, serving to activate the brain’s sleep mechanism. As the brain produces the exact amount that it requires, Zenbev helps you achieve a deep, uninterrupted sleep and wake up feeling rested and refreshed.
ZenBev is the brain child of a Toronto doctor named Craig Hudson. The product is available in two flavours: Chocolate and Lemon. It’s a powder that you mix into your favourite milk alternative or what have you.
How did it work for me?
I tried it using the recommended dose of 3 scoops and 300mL of plain soy milk. It dissolved rather easily, I used a whisk, but there were a few powder balls I had to break up with a fork. The taste wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t like candy, so not as sweet as I thought. I drank it down and felt rather sleepy shortly after. All three times I used it I enjoyed my sleep and felt rested. I enjoy that it’s not habit forming and doesn’t have an after taste or weird effects.
I used Valerian a few times and each time I felt like I was being pulled under a wave of sleepiness in a bad way.
I stopped using Valerian for a few reasons:
a) Felt like I was terrified
b) It stunk like wet dirty socks
c) It was expensive for the amount of drops/dosage
ZenBev is 250g or 8.8oz for $30. I’m guessing that’s at least 15 doses for that amount. Not too shabby.
Disclaimer: I did not get paid for this, I actually was curious and used my own money, these are my own thoughts.