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Nutritional Supplements Library Valerian

Nutritional Supplements Library


What is valerian?


Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Valerianaceae) is a hardy perennial flowering plant, with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers. This "sweet" smell is quite overpowering when the flower is placed into a vase. The flowers are in bloom from June to September. Valerian was used as a perfume in the sixteenth century. In valerian,only one stem arises from the root, which attains a height of 3 or 4 feet. It is round, but grooved and hollow, more or less hairy, especially near the base. It terminates in two or more pairs of flowering stems, each pair being placed at right angles to those above and below it.
The chief constituent of Valerian is a yellowish-green to brownish-yellow oil, which is present in the dried root to the extent of 0.5 to 2 per cent though an average yield rarely exceeds 0.8 per cent. This variation in quantity is partly explained by the influence of locality, a dry, stony soil, yielding a root richer in oil than one that is moist and fertile. The valerianic acid present in the oil is not the normal acid, but isovalerianic acid, an oily liquid to which the characteristically unpleasant odour of Valerian is due.

What is the effective dosage of valerian supplementation?

Follow the instructions written on product label.

What are the benefits of valerian supplementation?

• Valerian promotes relaxation
• It Induces sleep
• It has an Anti-anxiety effect.
• It Calms nerves
• In ancient times, it is used as a sedative, anti-convulsant, migraine treatment and pain reliever,

What are the side effects of valerian supplementation?

Valerian has not been found to have any negative side effects at moderate dosage.