Something to Help Moms Relax

May 2018

By Christine Cheng, R.Ph. and Fred Cheng, R.Ph.

Moms are busy people. Whether they are stay-at-home moms, full-time work moms, grandmothering moms or any other kind of mom, they are always on the go, barely ever stopping to take a breath for themselves.

But, taking a moment to breathe… and to do something for themselves is what every mom needs. It doesn’t have to be big (although a trip to the spa would be appreciated by most!). It could be something simple like going for a walk around the block listening to your favourite music or taking the time to make a cup of coffee or tea and finding a quiet corner to rest and enjoy it. What if we could boost the relaxation properties of that hot (or cold) beverage? Organika has found a way to do just that! They have added magnesium bisgycinate and l-theanine to their collagen powder. By mixing just one teaspoon into mom’s beverage, she can have multiple health-related benefits.

Magnesium is one of the most well-known minerals in the body. It has far-reaching effects, but in the context of promoting relaxation, it is important to note that magnesium help mitigate higher levels of cortisol associated with prolonged periods of stress. It can also help promote muscle relaxation, which can lead to a whole-body sense of feeling more relaxed. There is also some research linking the beneficial effects of magnesium supplementation with reducing anxiety, especially in those who may be deficient in magnesium already.

L-theanine is an amino acid found primarily in tea leaves such as green tea. It has historically been used for its anti-anxiety and relaxing effects. L-theanine may increase gamma- aminobutyric acid (GABA) and serotonin levels, which can offer a greater state of relaxation and improved mood. L-theanine is the reason why those who enjoy a cup of green tea often report feeling more relaxed and focused.

Collagen is known for its benefits for joint pain, as well as for connective tissues such as the skin. Hydrolyzed collagen from bovine skin (as in the case of Organika’s COLLAGEN RELAX powder) is an excellent source of collagen Types I and III, as well as some Type II collagen. This means that while mom is enjoying her beverage enhanced with Collagen Relax powder, she is going to feel more relaxed. As a bonus, she will also likely notice her joints feeling better as well as having smoother skin over time.

When Moms feel more relaxed, it makes sense they would feel more energized to take on the challenges of Motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mom’s out there!

Christine and Fred Cheng are a passionate, charismatic sister-brother pharmacist team at their unique, family-owned and operated Pharmasave stores in Cloverdale and Steveston, B.C. They specialize in natural remedies and compounding for both human and veterinarian use. Everything mentioned in their article is available InStore. 



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