NeuroCalm is advertised as a natural support during times of emotional distress and is claimed to promote emotional balance while offering anxiety and stress relief. The formula is offered by Symmetry, an American company founded in 1995. Symmetry’s product portfolio includes a variety of nutraceuticals, condition-specific products, weight management formulas as well as household products. The manufacturer is a direct selling business and prides itself on being a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau and the Direct Selling Education Foundation.
The formula features potent herbal ingredients known for their calm promoting properties, including St. John’s Wort, Valerian, Rhodiola Rosea and Passion Flower. Also, the manufacturer claims the NeuroCalm features the DeltaZorb patented herbal blend which is claimed to significantly increase (up to 160%) the amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients absorbed by the body as compared to formulas which do not contain the blend.
NeuroCalm includes the following ingredients: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) aerial parts extract (0.3% Hypericin, 3.0% Hyperforin), Rhodiola Rosea root extract (1% total Rosavins), Rhodiola Rosea root extract (1% total rosavins), Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata), Taurine, DeltaZorb [proprietary patented blend of black pepper (Piper Nigrum) and Ginger Root (Zingiber Officinale) extracts], dicalcium phosphate, microcrystalline cellulose, Croscarmellose sodium, Stearic acid, silica, Magnesium Stearate, and pharmaceutical glaze.
NeuroCalm is an herbal mixture which promotes feelings of relaxation and emotional balance. The formula features numerous herbs which are commonly prescribed today to alleviate symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.
St. John’s Wort is one of them, an herb used since ancient Greece to treat viral and bacterial infections, as well as to calm the nerves. Research today has produced evidence that the plant is able to relief mild to moderate depression, whereas certain studies claim it has no results on major depression. Evidence, although inconclusive, exists regarding the plant’s ability to benefit anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder or social anxiety. Scientists believe that St. John’s Wort works by facilitating synthesis of Serotonin, Norepinephrine and Dopamine, important brain neurotransmitters. Its action is thus similar way to that of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), substances commonly used in treating depression, personality disorders and anxiety. Brand names of SSRI’s include Celexa, Prozac and Zoloft.
St. John’s Wort is generally considered safe but can cause dry mouth, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue. Potential drug interactions include antidepressants, various heart medications, seizure control drugs, oral contraceptives and anticoagulants.
The Valerian root is believed to possess anti-depressant and sedative effects, however further research is required to establish the extent of its effectiveness. Valerian, sometimes referred to as “nature’s Valium,” is prescribed to treat anxiety disorders (panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder), sleep disorders symptoms, behavioral disorders or tremors and inflammation in the joints. Valerian is considered possibly safe. However, it has been associated to drowsiness, headache, excitability and fatigue.
Consumer reviews for NeuroCalm can be found on the manufacturer’s website. However they should be treated carefully, since they may represent be used to serve marketing and sales purposes. No side effects are mentioned for the formulation, however the manufacturer warns the product not to be used by pregnant and lactating women. The manufacturer mentions taking one or more tablets between meals 2 or more times a day.
- Herbal ingredients;
- The formula’s core ingredients have been researched and are believed to improve mood and promote emotional balance.
- The product did not receive any consumer testimonials;
- Potential side effects and drug interactions associated to the core ingredients;
- The formula is not recommended to pregnant and lactating women;
- There is no money-back guarantee available;
- The daily value for the core ingredients has not been established.
NeuroCalm is an herbal remedy marketed to be efficient against ailments such as stress, depression or anxiety, conditions that affect an extremely large portion of the world population today. A U.S. statistics shows that approximately 9% of Americans are depressed at least occasionally, and roughly 3% suffer from major depression.
Correctly diagnosing and identifying the cause of depression and anxiety is an important phase of the treatment. While NeuroCalm may prove effective for some consumers (given that its ingredients are able to promote calm and relaxation), we strongly recommend that a healthcare provider prescribes the correct treatment. Also, it is important to mention that herbal extracts are not free of side effects and that precautions are sometimes associated.