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The Perfect Formula for Stress Relief

by Marie Couture ND 05 Jun 2024
La Formule Parfaite pour Soulager le Stress - La Boite à Grains

Discover a health supplement by playing a charade. My first is an essential mineral for the nervous system. My second is a non-essential amino acid in the active ingredients of green tea. It acts on the brain as a relaxant, without being sedative. My third is a neurotransmitter with calming and tranquilizing properties, found in abundance in the brain. My all is a delicious drink to relieve the harmful effects of stress.

Sisu Magnesium Relaxation: a formula to relieve the harmful effects of stress

The Sisu Magnesium Relaxation formula is a powdered supplement available in a variety of delicious flavors (raspberry lemonade, honey grapefruit and cherry pie). It's a combination of magnesium bysglycinate, GABA and L-theanine. Clinically proven to safely relieve the harmful effects of stress, such as anxiety, agitation and insomnia. 

Magnesium : an essential mineral for the nervous system

Several magnesium supplements are now available on the natural products market.

  • Why take a magnesium supplement?
  • What's the best choice?

Magnesium is without doubt one of the most essential minerals for our health. It is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions that help maintain our homeostasis.

It's interesting to note that the human body contains a total of around 20-28 g of magnesium, distributed as follows: 60-65% in the bones, around 27% in the muscles, 6-7% in the body's other cells and less than 1% in extracellular fluids, i.e. the various liquids between the body's cells.

Apart from all this knowledge, magnesium deficiency is considered one of the most common nutrient deficiencies.

Magnesium thieves or absorption inhibitors:

  • Stress increases magnesium elimination
  • A diet rich in refined products is devoid of this mineral
  • The diuretic effect of caffeine depletes important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, etc.
  • Disorders of the small intestine (Crohn's disease, celiac disease, etc.) prevent or modify the absorption of minerals
  • Medication may prevent the absorption of minerals in general.

Another major issue is the depletion of soil nutrients by unsustainable large-scale farming practices that use nitrogen-based fertilizers and target crop yields in terms of quantity rather than quality. These practices deplete the soil's reserves of trace elements.

Our health depends on what we eat. Another fundamental reason why we may be lacking magnesium on a daily basis. Have these changes over the last fifty years altered the nutrient content of our food? For example, today's carrots, grown in modern, intensive agriculture, no longer have the same nutritional value as they once did. As a result, our diets are lagging behind in essential nutrients, including magnesium, and the consequences are increasingly obvious. 

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can appear in the form of muscle weakness and cramps, fatigue, anxiety, poor memory, loss of appetite, nausea and so on.

Magnesium contributes to your health in many ways:

  • It relaxes muscles, including heart and skeletal muscles
  • it is a cofactor of enzymes needed for the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, etc.
  • It is involved in calcium synthesis, which is why it is so important to add it to help prevent and treat osteoporosis.
  • It can also cross the blood-brain barrier, helping to support the activity of calming neurotransmitters that promote good sleep.

Sisu Relaxation Magnesium: its source?

In this formulathe magnesium used is a source known as "bisglycinate", which can be taken in high doses without the risk of side effects such as diarrhoea. What's more, this form is highly bioavailable and does not depend on stomach acidity for proper assimilation.

The benefits of L-Theanine

Did you know that L-Theanine comes mainly from green tea leaves, although it is present in smaller quantities in white and black teas? L-Theanine and its benefits were discovered in 1949 by the Japanese Sakato.

Several studies have reported a reduction in acute stress and anxiety when taking L-Theanine. This anti-stress effect is due to inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system.

L-Theanine's mode of action has been shown to increase the alpha waves that produce this physiological state of relaxation.

GABA to promote relaxation

My third is a neurotransmitter with calming and tranquilizing properties, found in abundance in the brain.

GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) is the most common neurotransmitter in the brain. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter which tends to slow down the transmission of nerve impulses. It is therefore essential for promoting relaxation.

Sleep disorders, such as insomnia, are a consequence of a deficiency in the secretion of certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin or GABA. What's more, vitamin B6 "Pyridoxine" is a cofactor in GABA synthesis, hence the importance of adding foods rich in this vitamin.

Food sources: turkey, beef liver, Atlantic salmon, etc.

Important facts about GABA

It was discovered in the 1950s by biologist J. Awapara and his collaborators E. Roberts and S. Frankel, that GABA comes from a transformation by an enzyme called GABA. Frankel, that GABA comes from an enzyme called "glutamic acid decarboxylation", which converts l-glutamate (an amino acid) into y-aminobutyrate (GABA).

There is no dietary source of Gaba, but dietary sources of l-glutamate (amino acid) can be found to increase GABA reserves.


Vegetable food sources: fruits (citrus fruits, bananas, apricots, apples), oilseeds (almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, etc.), whole grains (oats, brown rice, wheat bran, etc.), legumes (lentils, white beans, soybeans, etc.).

Animal sources: turkey, beef, veal, etc.

However, if conversion by the enzyme does not take place, the neurotransmitter glutamate, an excitatory agent, will increase nerve impulses in the neuron. The result will be the opposite of the desired relaxation.

Sisu Magnesium Relaxation: In conclusion

The Magnesium Relaxation formula formula can temporarily relieve some of the negative effects of stress, which can have harmful consequences on the immune system. This formula is safe, non-sedating and non-addictive.

Each scoop contains 250 mg of elemental magnesium in highly bioavailable bisglycinate and citrate forms, as well as GABA and L-Theanine. Magnesium Relaxation contains non-GMO ingredients and is suitable for vegans.

Since stress is a normal reaction of the brain to a threat and is sometimes unavoidable, modulating these more demanding periods with a natural supplement is a desirable solution with no side effects.

After the special year just ended, we welcome 2021 with great hope!!!! Always for the best! 

About the author

Marie Couture, Certified Naturopath

Specialized in :

  • Digestive disorders
  •  Inflammation
  • Hormonal problems
  • Stress management


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