HomeHealth5 Nature’s Sunshine Supplements for Nervous System Support SAM-e is a natural compound manufactured by the body and present in all living cells. It is required in over 40 biochemical reactions, helping with a variety of functions, including mood regulation, cognitive function, general nerve conditions, a healthy inflammation response, and liver and heart health. People who are deficient in this nutrient or who cannot tolerate antidepressant drugs might benefit from supplemental SAM-e. It is necessary for manufacturing important brain compounds like neurotransmitters and phospholipids. It is also involved with the production of hormones (like serotonin and melatonin). St. John’s Wort is an important herb for elevating the mood and acting as a mild calmative. Recent scientific studies have shown St. John’s Wort to contain more powerful mood-enhancing, spirit-lifting properties. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 1998 showed that patients who received the highest amounts of hyperforin-containing St. John’s Wort scored highest on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression. (A high score on the rating scale indicates lower levels of depression.) Remember, St. John’s Wort should not be used by anyone on oral contraceptives. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an amino acid that affects the central nervous system by reducing the number of neurons firing in the brain, thus calming brain activity. This can benefit people with overstimulated nervous systems who find it difficult to relax or who have trouble focusing on one task. Other ingredients in GABA Plus builds the blood, supports brain function, boosts immunity and supports cholesterol and blood sugar levels already within the normal ranges. Valerian has been used for occasional sleeplessness for over 1,000 years. Its ability to help relax the central nervous system, promote feelings of calm, decrease levels of anxiety and stress, and enhance sleep are known to millions the world over. Unlike some prescription sleep-aids, valerian is not known to cause morning grogginess and is non-addictive. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a precursor to serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that helps regulate appetite, mood and sleep. 5-HTP is converted into serotonin in the body, which may help elevate mood, assist in controlling hunger and promote restful sleep. 5-HTP Power blend helps the body adapt to stress.