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Description
  • Promotes restful sleeping.*
  • Each capsule contains 500 mg Valerian Root extract guaranteed to provide a minimum of 0.8% valerenic acid 4 mg.
  • Standardized herbs provide uniformity of a single plant chemical batch after batch. Each extract delivers a quantified and measurable level of the targeted active ingredient in every serving. This active ingredient is considered by science to be the key ingredient responsible for the herb’s health benefits.
  • Vegetarian.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take one to two capsules before bedtime.

Serving Size 1 Capsules
Servings Per Container 50
Amount Per Serving % DV
Valerian Root Extract (Valerian officinalis)(0.8% Valerenic Acids = 4 mg) 500.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose Capsule

No Sugar, No Artificial Color, No Artificial Flavors, Sodium Free, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free

Storage Instructions: Store in a cool dry place.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medication, or have a medical condition. Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Keep out of reach of children

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Health Notes

Valerian

Valerian
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Insomnia
Dose: 300 to 600 mg of a concentrated root extract 30 minutes before bedtime
Valerian may help you fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep quality.(more)
Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day
A combination of passion flower and valerian has been shown to reduce symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.(more)
Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day
A combination of passion flower and valerian has been shown to reduce symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.(more)
Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Valerian has been historically used to relieve pain.(more)
Insomnia
Dose: 300 to 600 mg of a concentrated root extract 30 minutes before bedtime

Herbal remedies have been used safely for centuries for insomnia. In modern herbal medicine, the leading herb for insomnia is valerian.1 Valerian root makes getting to sleep easier and increases deep sleep and dreaming. Valerian does not cause a morning "hangover," a side effect common to prescription sleep drugs in some people.2, 3, 4 A double-blind trial found that valerian extract (600 mg 30 minutes before bedtime for 28 days) is comparable in efficacy to oxazepam (Serax), a commonly prescribed drug for insomnia.5 In a separate double-blind trial, the same amount of valerian extract was found to improve subjective assessments of sleep quality and certain aspects of brain function during sleep as well.6 A concentrated (4-5:1) valerian root supplement in the amount of 300-600 mg can be taken 30 minutes before bedtime. Alternately, 2 to 3 grams of the dried root in a capsule or 5 ml tincture can be taken 30 minutes before bedtime.

A combination of valerian and lemon balm has been tested for improving sleep. A small preliminary trial compared the effect of valerian root extract (320 mg at bedtime) and an extract of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) with that of the sleeping drug triazolam (Halcion).7 The effectiveness of the herbal combination was similar to that of Halcion, but only the Halcion group felt hung over and had trouble concentrating the next day. A double-blind trial found that a combination of valerian and lemon balm, taken over a two-week period, was effective in improving quality of sleep.8

Another double-blind trial found a combination of 360 mg valerian and 240 mg lemon balm taken before bed improved reported sleep quality in one-third of the participants.9

Combining valerian root with other mildly sedating herbs is common both in Europe and the United States. Chamomile, hops, passion flower, lemon balm, American scullcap, and catnip are commonly recommended by doctors.10 These herbs can also be used alone as mild sedatives for those suffering from insomnia or nervous exhaustion. Chamomile is a particularly good choice for younger children whose insomnia may be related to gastrointestinal upset. Hops and lemon balm are approved by the German government for relieving sleep disturbances.11 In a double-blind trial, the combination of valerian root and hops was significantly more effective than valerian root alone for treating insomnia.12

References

1. Taavoni S, Ekbatani N, Kashaniyan M, Haghani H. Effect of valerian on sleep quality in postmenopausal women: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Menopause 2011;18:951-955.

2. Leathwood PD, Chauffard F. Aqueous extract of valerian reduces latency to fall asleep in man. Planta Med 1985;51:144-8.

3. Leathwood PD, Chauffard F, Heck E, Munoz-Box R. Aqueous extract of valerian root (Valeriana officinalis L.) improves sleep quality in man. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 1982;17:65-71.

4. Taavoni S, Ekbatani N, Kashaniyan M, Haghani H. Effect of valerian on sleep quality in postmenopausal women: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Menopause 2011;18:951-955

5. Dorn M. Valerian versus oxazepam: efficacy and tolerability in non-organic and non-psychiatric insomniacs: a randomized, double-blind, clinical, comparative study. Forsch KomplementarmedKlass Naturheilkd 2000;7:79-84 [in German].

6. Donath F, Quispe S, Diefenbach K, et al. Critical evaluation of the effect of valerian extract on sleep structure and sleep quality. Pharmacopsychiatry 2000;33:47-53.

7. Dressing H, Riemann D, Low H, et al. Insomnia: Are valerian/balm combination of equal value to benzodiazepine? Therapiewoche 1992;42:726-36 [in German].

8. Dressing H, Kohler S, Muller WE. Improvement of sleep quality with a high-dose valerian/lemon balm preparation: A placebo-controlled double-blind study. Psychopharmakotherapie 1996;6:32-40.

9. Cerny A, Schmid K. Tolerability and efficacy of valerian/lemon balm in healthy volunteers (a double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study). Fitoterapia 1999;70:221-8.

10. Brown DJ. Herbal Prescriptions for Better Health. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1996, 279.

11. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. (eds). The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 147, 160-1.

12. Koetter U, Schrader E, Kaufeler R, Brattstrom A. A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, prospective clinical study to demonstrate clinical efficacy of a fixed valerian hops extract combination (Ze 91019) in patients suffering from non-organic sleep disorder. Phytother Res 2007;21:847-51.

Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day

Several plants, known as "nervines" (nerve tonics), are used in traditional herbal medicine for people with anxiety, with few reports of toxicity. Most nervines have not been rigorously investigated by scientific means to confirm their efficacy. However, one study found that a combination of the nervines valerian and passion flower reduced symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.1 In a double-blind study, 45 drops per day of an extract of passion flower taken for four weeks was as effective as 30 mg per day of oxazepam (Serax), a medication used for anxiety.2

References

1. Brown D. Valerian root: Non-addictive alternative for insomnia and anxiety. Quart Rev Nat Med 1994;Fall:221-4 [review].

2. Akhondzadeh S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, et al. Passionflower in the treatment of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial with oxazepam. J Clin Pharm Ther 2001;26:363-7.

Anxiety
Dose: 100 to 200 mg valerian and 45 to 90 mg passion flower three times a day

Several plants, known as "nervines" (nerve tonics), are used in traditional herbal medicine for people with anxiety, with few reports of toxicity. Most nervines have not been rigorously investigated by scientific means to confirm their efficacy. However, one study found that a combination of the nervines valerian and passion flower reduced symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.1 In a double-blind study, 45 drops per day of an extract of passion flower taken for four weeks was as effective as 30 mg per day of oxazepam (Serax), a medication used for anxiety.2

References

1. Brown D. Valerian root: Non-addictive alternative for insomnia and anxiety. Quart Rev Nat Med 1994;Fall:221-4 [review].

2. Akhondzadeh S, Naghavi HR, Vazirian M, et al. Passionflower in the treatment of generalized anxiety: a pilot double-blind randomized controlled trial with oxazepam. J Clin Pharm Ther 2001;26:363-7.

Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Other herbs that have been historically used to relieve pain (although there are no modern scientific studies yet available) include valerian, passion flower, American scullcap, Piscidia erythrina, and crampbark (Viburnum opulus).1

References

1. Murray MT. The Healing Power of Herbs. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1995.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Although valerian grows wild all over Europe, most of the valerian used for medicinal extracts is cultivated. The root is used in herbal medicine preparations.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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4.5

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90%

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Pros

  • Effective (7)
  • Good value (4)
  • No side effects (4)

Cons

  • Bad flavor (4)

Best Uses

  • Good alternative (5)
  • Daily use (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It works but beware when taking the caps

By anniepoo22

from New York, NY

About Me Health Conscious

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Pros

  • Effective

Cons

  • Poor Taste

Best Uses

  • Good Alternative

Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

I started taking this over a month ago. I purchased the 100-tablet bottle and took 4 before bedtime as recommended by my doctor to help with my insomnia. At first I took it every night for 1 week and in week 2 I took it every other night. Now my doctor has me skipping 3 days between doses and I still sleep at least 8 hours every night. The only mistake I made was when the tablets ran out, I purchased another bottle and did not notice that they were capsules until I got home. I figured that they would have the same benefit as long as I take them with plenty of water. I always drink a 20 ounce bottle of water so I took my usual dose of 4 (capsules) around 9pm and went to bed at 11pm. By 1am I awoke gagging and coughing. I had a bad taste in my mouth, severe heartburn and I could feel the capsules in the back of my throat. I drank 2 more 20oz bottles of water but I could not get rid of the bad taste in my mouth the capsules were still not going down. The 1-litre bottle of seltzer water did nothing to ease my heartburn either. I was up until around 5am as I was afraid that if I laid down I might start choking again. I decided to have a hot cup of tea to help me relax and I guess the heat was what I needed to digest the capsules and also ease my heartburn. I returned the capsules and exchanged them for the original tablets which turns out to be cheaper. This is a good sleep aid and it's not habit forming so I would recommend it. The only thing is there should be a warning on the capsule bottle to let consumers know that it's harder to digest so you have to take it with more water and maybe take at an earlier time before going to bed to prevent heartburn. On the other hand, the tablets are easier on the digestive system (easy to swallow and never have heartburn when I take them) so consumers should also be notified of this as an alternative to the capsules.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good night's sleep

By barbshel

from New York, New York

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Pros

  • Effective
  • Good Taste
  • Good Value
  • Long Lasting
  • No Side Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

    My husband and I each take 2 valerian root at night before bed. We fall asleep quickly and stay asleep. We wouldnt want to be without this product.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Have been using this product for years

    By dgf001

    from North Carolina

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    Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

    Works very well and is more potent than the whole herb version.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this stuff!!

    By takapral

    from Rochester, NY

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    Pros

    • Effective
    • No Side Effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

      I take Valerian root every night before bed - helps me to stay asleep through the night.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Dream, and Sleep Aid

      By Arangerer

      from Sarasota, FL

      About Me Budget Buyer, Health Conscious

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      Pros

      • Anxiolytic
      • Effective
      • Good Value
      • Long Lasting
      • No Side Effects
      • Oneirogenic

      Cons

      • Poor Smell
      • Poor Taste

      Best Uses

      • Anxiolytic
      • As Needed
      • Dream aid
      • Good Alternative
      • Good Supplement
      • Jitters
      • Restlessness

      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

      I Have been using this product for around 2 months now, for its Oneirogenic (dream inducing), Anxiolytic (Anxiety reduction) and sleep inducing capabilities.

      Valerian Root has quickly become a GNC favorite of mine! 1-3 caps before bed relatively ensures a full nights rest and, in my experience, with almost as high a chance of remembering your dreams from during the night.

      During the day, I can use as necessary for its wonderful anxiolytic and depressant effects, without being forced to sleep.

      The only cons I can even come up with for this amazing product, are its poor taste and smell (like sweaty armpit), but that's hardly noticeable in comparison to its many benefits (as referenced by its second most common name, All-Heal).

      Overall, this is a wonderful product. It does far more than its label would suggest, and for a great price! Highly Recommended, a true 5/5!

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LOVE IT!

      By geegirlis

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me First Time User, Health Conscious

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Effective
      • Good Value
      • No Side Effects

      Cons

      • Poor Taste

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

      I have had insomnia for more than 30 years. This is the first thing I have taken than puts me in a truly deep sleep WITHOUT having a sleepaid hangover in the morning!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      helps me sleep

      By dutcherb

      from Canton, MI

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      Pros

      • Effective
      • Good Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • As Needed
        • Good Alternative

        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

        i have mild insomnia and coupled with stress from grad school i had a very hard time sleeping. this helps me relax enough to fall asleep when i need to.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "I will buy this product again"

        By jmorris09

        from Scottsboro, AL

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        Pros

        • Effective

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Good Alternative

          Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

          I do not always get a restful sleep. My husband bought this for me, knowing I am a fanatic about "all natural". I have only taken this a few times and so far, it is awesome. I wake up feeling rested and sleep the whole night through. I have not had any side effects and I am not on any medication. However, I was prescribed Ambien and did not like it! I almost felt jittery before laying down and felt so heavy when I would wake up. I do not feel this way taking Valerian Root. If anything changes, I will let you know.

          (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works

          By akdaviescpa

          from portsmouth NH

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          Pros

            Cons

            • It smells pretty bad

            Best Uses

            • Good Alternative
            • Good Supplement
            • Use for stress too

            Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

            This is a natural sleep aid. It also can work as a natural tranquilizer if not to sensitive to effecfy

            (10 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not for me

            By alan.dalton20

            from NC

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            Pros

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              • Not Effective
              • Poor Taste

              Best Uses

                Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Standardized Valerian Root:

                I've taken melatonin to help with sleeping issues. (Whatever they may be from: traveling, insomnia, etc.) For me this works similar to melatonin, with both of them its hard for me to fall asleep, I get that rush as I drift off and wake up again and often I wake up atleast 3 times or more, but I can force myself to fall asleep. The major downside for me is the dreams. Melatonin causes me to have very strange almost lucid dreams where as valerian does the same, but my dreams are all out nightmares involving death and macabre. Just for the record I'm not a sick or crazy person and usually my dreams, if I have them are koser, but I'd rather take four hours to fall asleep, stay asleep and not have bad dreams than take this stuff.

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