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Relaxation

Relaxation refers to a self-reported peace of mind and calmness, and may be influenced by light sedative or relaxing compounds. Relaxing compounds are said to be anti-stress.

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Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect relaxation
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The mo re evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
Notes
grade-b Theanine Notable Very High See all 3 studies
A notable increase in relaxation (usually without sedation) appears to occur, as assessed by neural measurements (such as alpha-waves) or self-report surveys. Occurs within 30 minutes to an hour
grade-c Marijuana Notable - See study
The dose and time which confer psychoactive effects are associated with reported of relaxation to a larger degree than control.
grade-c Lavender Minor Very High See all 3 studies
An increase in the magnitude of self-reported 'relaxation' is noted with lavender aromatherapy more than placebo
grade-d Melissa officinalis Minor - See study
An increase in self-reports of relaxation occur, which may be related to the increased calmness and sedation ratings also seen

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