Rauha is designed to calm the body and mind in the face of stress symptoms in a healthy and natural way. We have collaborated with a Finnish biohacking collective behind the popular book ”Biohacker’s Handbook” in formulating this product. The Helsinki-based collective of Teemu Arina, Olli Sovijärvi and Jaakko Halmetoja are well-known in Finland for their expertise in biohacking as well as medical and nutritional science.
Everyday stress is typical to us all and to a certain extent is necessary for a healthy life. When stress becomes overwhelming and continuous, it begins to negatively affect our health, causing insomnia, weight gain, anxiety and mood changes.
When the body experiences stress, the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis initiates a physiological cascade that begins in the brain and ends with the eventual release of stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands, including cortisol and adrenaline. The action of these hormones produces stress-related occurrences in the body. Additional hormones are then secreted that bring about the body’s relaxation response and a return to a normal balanced state, or homeostasis. When stress is chronic, it can overwhelm the body’s ability to recover on its own in this way, resulting in persistent, above normal levels of cortisol in the blood and a long-term imbalance in the body’s systems.
Few people are immune from the day-to-day debilitating effects of stress. Stress not only robs the body of vitality, good health, and energy, it restricts optimal performance at work, home, and play. When we try to relieve stress using short cuts such as alcohol, pharmaceuticals, or sugar snacks the matter only becomes worse in the long term. It is essential to address stress symptoms in a healthy constructive way and support organs and processes that need maintenance and balancing.
Rauha enhances the ability of the body to adapt to and overcome changes from mental and physical stress and the resulting metabolism. The ingredients support the production of noradrenaline and dopamine that stress consumes as well as maintaining the normal hormonal balance and adrenal function. Rauha also enhances the production of GABA which is essential to maintain a quiet mindset and manage stress in a healthy way. Rauha also includes one of the world’s most studied and recognized adaptogenic botanicals, Ashwagandha, to protect the body from the effects of chronic strain. Ashwagadha is an Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb which has been revered for thousands of years for its ability to balance, energize, and revitalize.
We use Sensoril® which is a multi-patented, full-spectrum, clinically tested standardized root and leaf extract of Ashwagandha. Standardized to a minimum of 10% glycowithanolides, Sensoril® possesses the highest levels of adaptogenic, health-enhancing bioactives of any Ashwagandha extract sold. Ingredients in Rauha lower cortisol levels in the body, thereby reversing stress-related symptoms. Rauha provides long-lasting stress relief while improving mood when taken as a tonic on a daily basis, without any negative side effects.
Ashwagandha, from which Sensoril® is derived, is an adaptogen that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce stress. Adaptogens shield the body against the negative effects of stressors by balancing and harmonizing body systems. Adaptogens are defined as substances that: 1) produce a non-specific response in the body by increasing the body’s resistance to physical, chemical, and biological stressors; 2) possess normalizing physiological influence, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor; and 3) are not toxic. Scientific research has demonstrated that the bioactives in Sensoril® root and leaf extract work in this manner to help reduce stress, enhance mood and increase energy, vitality, and strength. Sensoril’s ability to help reduce stress-related symptoms and improve mood stems from a novel mechanism of action that reduces serum cortisol levels by mimicking the body’s own relaxation response. In fact, the withanolide glycoside bioactives found in Sensoril® root and leaf extract are a class of steroidal lactones that structurally resemble the body’s relaxation-inducing corticosteroid hormones.
Sensoril® lowers cortisol levels in the body, thereby reversing stress-related symptoms. This was demonstrated in a “Gold Standard” randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in which the level of serum cortisol dropped by up to 24.2% in subjects taking Sensoril®. These same subjects also experienced up to a 69.9% reduction in an overall measure of stress-related symptoms.
We use Sensoril® developed by Nutragenesis.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine (NALT) is modified from normal Tyrosine and it contains the addition of acetic acid. This actually helps to increase the compound’s bioavailability so that it is better absorbed directly into the bloodstream. N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine is twenty times as soluble in water as tyrosine by itself, thereby able to raise tyrosine levels in the body as undissolved substances are not absorbed from the digestive tract.
N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine helps the body produce the mood-influencing chemical dopamine and can help improve mood, memory and performance under conditions of psychological stress. Dopamine is one of our most powerful neurotransmitters. Higher dopamine levels also results in more Norepinephrine which is another neurotransmitter that is depleted by acute stressors.
Human clinical trials have shown theanine to promote an alert state of relaxation without drowsiness, as indicated by an increase in Alpha brain waves, and a decrease in Beta brain waves.
It has been estimated that nearly 65 percent of the adult population experiences some form of stress, and these numbers are continually rising. Since ancient times, it has been said that drinking green tea induces relaxation. This relaxation effect is due to to the presence of the amino acid theanine, found almost exclusively in tea. Clinical research suggests that 50 mg – 200 mg theanine stimulates activity in the brain known as alpha waves, which are associated with a relaxed but alert mental state.
One of the greatest benefits of theanine is that you can use it without becoming sedated or lethargic in the process. Theanine directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, which are associated with a relaxed-but-alert state of mind, similar to the state meditation achieves. Theanine is also involved in the formation of the neurotransmitter GABA, which calms you while you’re awake but deepens sleep at night. Additionally, theanine naturally stimulates the release of the ‘happiness molecules’ serotonin and dopamine.
EGCG (GREEN TEA EXTRACT)
Studies over the past ten years have provided mounting evidence that green tea polyphenols can affect human and animal health in many positive ways. Green tea has demonstrated antioxidant, antibacterial, thermogenic, weight control, kidney protecting, and blood glucose and blood lipid controlling properties. Tea polyphenols, consisting mostly of tea catechins, account for 20% of the tea leaf and are responsible for the majority of the health benefits of green tea.
The organic full spectrum extract (meaning that the extract contains all green tea active ingredients) is standardized to contain 98% polyphenols and 80% catechins (containing 50% EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate). Water extraction keeps the nutritional values as high as possible.
VITAMIN B6 (P5P)
Rauha contains vitamin B6 as it increases mental performance and balances mood. We use high-quality pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P), a metabolically active form of vitamin B6.
B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that should be obtained daily. It is found in many common foods such as meat and certain vegetables, but vitamin B6 loses its power when cooking, which is why it is useful to ensure adequate intake by using it as a supplement. However, excessive vitamin B6 intake may be harmful to the nerve cells, so dietary supplements with a high concentration of B6 are not recommended. The amount of B6 in Rauha is in the safe range even in the maximum suggested daily dosage.
Vitamin B6 is essential for the development and maintenance of cognitive functions. It is involved in the formation of neurotransmitters and regulates the concentration of homocysteine in the blood. Vitamin B6 is a proven supporter of mental health. It is often used in the treatment of depression, fatigue and headache.
VITAMIN B12 (METHYLCOBALAMIN)
We use cobalamin (vitamin B12) in Rauha as it enhances vigilance, memory and concentration. In addition, cobalamin has an energizing effect. We have chosen the high quality methylcobalamin, which is able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and thus provide the benefits of cobalamin to the brain's nervous system.
Vitamin B12 has been known for more than 50 years as a chronic fatigue treatment. It helps the body to produce and maintain red blood cells, nerve cells and DNA. Vitamin B12 is essential for normal functioning of the nervous system. Its malfunction causes eg. Anemia, fatigue, muscle weakness, lack of appetite, and cognitive problems.
Vitamin B12 users often report improved quality of sleep as well as reduced stress, nervousness and restlessness.
We use piperine in almost every product, including Rauha. And for good reason: piperine improves the bioavailability of other compounds, i.e. increases their level in the body after ingestion.
Piperine is black pepper in condensed form. Piperine is found in several supplements, herbal products, and some medicines to improve the bioavailability of other compounds. Piperine increases bioavailability in at least two ways: slowing down the metabolism of the compounds through liver metabolism and slowing down glucuronidation, which is also the metabolism of foreign molecules in the body that is extrinsic in the body. For example piperine raises the curcuminoid content of turmeric in the body more than ten times that of the turmeric which is consumed without piperine.