What Is SoBe Calm™ ?
SoBe Calm™ is a non-invasive, safe, drugless, all natural proprietary blend of evidence-based amino acids combined with key recovery vitamins, minerals and herbs that play a powerful role in neurotransmitter restoration. Neurotransmitter imbalances have been linked to many diseases and disorders, including anxiety, memory loss, weight gain, mood disorders, addiction, depression, insomnia, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Parkinson's, Autism, and compulsive and impulsive disorders. SoBe Calm™ provides a natural and effective alternative to the potentially dangerous medications that have traditionally been used to address these conditions.
What does SoBe Calm™ do?
SoBe Calm™ helps replenish very important neurotransmitters in the reward center of the brain, especially the “feel-good” ones such as dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, epinephrine, enkephalins and GABA. SoBe Calm™ relieves anxiety, mental fatigue, mood disorders, addiction disorders, cravings, depression, insomnia, abstinence symptoms, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Parkinson's, compulsive and impulsive disorders. It can also enhance weight wellness.
What effects does SoBe Calm™ provide?
SoBe Calm™ provides a sense of peace, relaxation and balance. For many people, it helps them enjoy a better night’s sleep, activates cognition and helps improve accuracy, alertness and attention, happiness and wellbeing.
How does SoBe Calm™ help with addictions?
Scientific research has shown that substance problems occur when biochemical imbalances disrupt the functioning of neurotransmitters, the chemicals in the brain that pass messages from one brain cell to another and reward us with feelings of happiness. These imbalances can be a cause and/or result of excessive alcohol or drug use, as well as risk-taking behaviors. When people stop using addictive substances, these imbalances in the brain may cause severe abstinence symptoms such as increased anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood swings, hypersensitivity to noise or lights, stress sensitivity, and cravings. These symptoms persist even after the acute early symptoms of withdrawal subside. We call these “chronic abstinence symptoms”. By increasing neurotransmitters in the brain, SoBe Calm™ helps dramatically relieve these symptoms.
Can I take SoBe Calm™ if I don’t have any addiction issues?
An estimated 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. Poor diet, stress, neurotoxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine use can drop these levels below optimal range.
Whether you’re suffering from occasional mood swings, depression, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson’s, Autism or anxiety in your everyday life, SoBe Calm™ is the natural approach to restoring inner peace and wellbeing.
What are neurotransmitters?
Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that relay information throughout our brain and body. They send signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.” The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest. Neurotransmitters can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance.
Neurotransmitter levels drop due to many different factors. In fact, it is estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. Poor diet, stress, neurotoxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine use can drop these levels below optimal range.
Scientists and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) now agree that five key neurotransmitters act as powerful catalysts for changing cell function in the brain and thereby changing behavior. The amount and availability of these natural neurotransmitters such as dopamine (for reward), GABA (anxiety), norepinephrine (depression), enkephalins (craving), and serotonin (sleep) can be depleted by addictive substances. They can also worsen symptoms of Parkinson’s, Autism, ADD, ADHD and Tourette’s.
Whether you’re suffering from occasional mood swings, anxiety in your everyday life or a more serious addiction disorder, SoBe Calm™ is the natural approach to restoring inner peace and wellbeing.
How does SoBe Calm™ help?
Research shows that abstinence without treatment may require 13-36 months for neurotransmitter pathways to rebalance and repair themselves. At this point, the patient has an almost 90% chance of not relapsing (Dennis et al, Eval Rev, 2007). Results can be greatly improved or accelerated if the patient also follows a plan of health and wellness that includes regular sleep (at least 8 hours), good nutrition (limited carbohydrates), and regular activity (30 minutes per day).
With the introduction of appropriate amino acids (neurotransmitter precursors) , like those found in SoBe Calm™ , in addition to a healthy lifestyle and other essential vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and nutrient derivatives, it is possible to eliminate or reduce the severity of artificial chemical craving symptoms in weeks or, in some cases, days.
How does SoBe Calm™ work?
SoBe Calm™ is a unique and proprietary blend of amino acids (the building blocks that make up all the proteins in our bodies) that rebuilds damaged areas of the brain. These basic amino acids are specially formulated to penetrate and positively affect the brain.
The blend of ingredients in SoBe Calm™ is based on decades of scientific research that shows how neurotransmitter damage can be repaired. SoBe Calm™ was developed to target and restore the key neurotransmitters that can balance brain chemistry, reduce cravings and restore optimal brain functioning. Our ingredients are the highest quality nutrients available and target specific neurotransmitter deficiencies to bring maximum benefit.
SoBe Calm™ has been shown to reduce and/or eliminate the cravings experienced from most drug or alcohol withdrawal. When used as a follow-up to the recommended protocol, it helps balance brain chemistry and can be used as a daily supplement to maintain sobriety after the initial detox treatment or to help prevent relapse.
Because amino acids give the brain what it craves in a natural, non-habit forming way--all while rebuilding the neurotransmitters--the cravings often recede rapidly. In our experience, the cravings are usually gone within the first 3-7 days, with very few (if any) withdrawal symptoms. SoBe Calm™ is available in powder form for maximum absorption.
How is it sweetened?
SoBe Calm™ contains only naturally occurring, zero-calorie sweeteners. It is sweetened with Xylitol and Stevia. Xylitol is found in berries, fruits and birch bark. Stevia is a green, leafy plant native to South America that has been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The plant has also been bred to be used as a sweetener, thanks to its strong, sweet flavor.
Where does the color come from?
Natural beet powder.
Who should not take SoBe Calm™ ?
SoBe Calm™ contains Phenylalanine. It should not be used by phenylketonurics, pregnant or breastfeeding women, or by persons taking MAO inhibitor drugs.
Should I continue taking multivitamins?
Yes. SoBe Calm™ is not intended to take the place of a multivitamin supplement.
Can SoBe Calm™ be taken with other medications?
Information derived from studies and reviews by physicians who actively use nutritional supplements in their practice show that the incidence of problems with medications and supplements is extremely low. In the case of the ingredients in SoBe Calm™ , the only precaution noted is for patients using MAOI medications. It is NOT advisable to take medications and supplements (such as SoBe Calm™) at exactly the same time. Allow 2-3 hours between use of medications and supplements for maximum safety. In any case, always consult your physician before taking any dietary supplements.
Can you explain the precautions on the label?
Phenylketonuria is a condition that develops before birth and causes the baby to be unable to metabolize phenylalanine properly. When detected at birth, it is treated with dietary restriction. Due to this concern, pregnant women should not use any supplement containing L-phenylalanine. Nursing mothers should not use supplemental L-phenylalanine for the same reason.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI) are a form of antidepressant medications. The most common are Parnate, Nardil and Marplan. Persons taking these medications should not use supplemental phenylalanine due to the risk of increased blood pressure.
Can I give SoBe Calm™ to a child under the age of six (6)?
We recommend that parents be very cautious in using supplements or psychoactive medications with children this young. The majority of our feedback on success and safety of use comes from children over six years old. We do not recommend the use of SoBe Calm™ by children under the age of six .
Does SoBe Calm™ work the same as ADD/ADHD medications like Ritalin or Adderall?
NO. These drugs are in the amphetamine family and are used to make an individual’s dopamine work harder and longer. This dopamine acceleration, usually in the right hemisphere of the brain, acts to create more of a balance within the brain, resulting in less uncontrolled activity and more focus. However, these drugs have significant known side effects and may produce dependencies. SoBe Calm™ works to increase the availability of dopamine and associated neurotransmitters in a natural, metabolic way and, as a result, achieves the desired balance and benefits without serious side effects.
What ingredients are in SoBe Calm™ ?
SoBe Calm™ contains a unique, all natural powdered formula of evidence based amino acids (L-tryptophan, L-glutamine ,L- tyrosine & DL-phenylalanine) combined with key recovery vitamins (B6), minerals (magnesium, chromium, zinc and calcium) and the herb Rhodiola. These ingredients play a powerful role in neurotransmitter restoration.
Can you tell me more about the ingredients?
Amino acids, key vitamins and powerful herbs help create the “feel-good” neurotransmitters in the brain. Without them, you may experience free floating anxiety; fearful, insecure thoughts; feelings that things are closing in around you; unexplained panic; feelings of incompleteness; feelings of inferiority or inadequacy; Anhedonia: no pleasure in life; inability to "love"; no remorse about personal behavior; lack of ambition, drive, energy and fulfillment; and possibly depression.
•Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that cannot be manufactured by your body. It must come from either food or a supplement, and it combats stress, depression and insomnia. It also aids in weight control. Research shows that tryptophan helps relieve migraine headaches and may alleviate some of the harmful effects of nicotine. It also aids your body in the production of serotonin.
•L-Glutamine: Glutamine is like food for the brain (it can improve intelligence). It reduces fatigue and can help with the treatment of arthritis, connective tissue diseases and fibromyalgia. In cases of a substance use disorder, or impulsive and compulsive disorders, it decreases cravings and stress.
•DL-Phenylalanine: Enhances sexual energy and improves memory and alertness. It may also be useful in alleviating symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and is a very strong anti-depressant. It supports enhanced focus, attention, memory, motivation/drive and mood.
D-Phenylalanine helps the body replace enkephalins, which aids in psychological pain relief.
L-Phenylalanine aids in the development of dopamine (pleasure, reward, good feelings toward others, maternal and paternal love) and norepinephrine (arousal, energy drive).
•Tyrosine: Can be synthesized in our body from phenylalanine. Tyrosine is vital for the structural integrity of proteins, functioning of neurotransmitters and hormones (especially thyroid hormone), mental functions, and production of melanin (skin pigment). It also helps alleviate symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, Parkinson's disease, emotional and environmental stress, lack of focus, poor attention and memory, lack of motivation/ drive and moodiness. Extremely low levels of tyrosine can cause muscle weakness, muscle loss, mood disorders, low protein levels, and liver damage.
•Calcium (from Calcium Citrate): Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body. About 99% is deposited in the bones and teeth. The remaining 1% works in the soft tissues, intracellular fluids and blood. This 1% is a small amount, but it is vital to your health.
Calcium is essential for healthy blood. It eases insomnia and its delicate ”messenger ions” help regulate the heartbeat. Calcium is needed for emotional stability and without it, you may notice a lack of rational emotion; feelings of irritability; sudden unexplained tears or sleep problems.
Many drug and alcohol addicts have calcium deficiencies. This is often due to poor diet and inadequate intake of calcium. It is also due to the fact that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and other drugs cause the body to eliminate calcium. Caffeine has been shown to double the urinary excretion of calcium (Werbach, 1987; Finnegan and Gray, 1990).
Finnegan and Gray in Recovering from Addiction indicate that calcium is one of the most important nutrients needed in ample amounts for the recovering addict (1990).
•Magnesium (from Magnesium Citrate): Magnesium is an essential mineral that makes up about 0.05% of your body weight. Within your cells, it activates enzymes necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids and helps regulate the body’s acid-alkaline balance.
Magnesium helps promote the absorption and metabolism of other minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium. It also helps the body utilize B complex and vitamins C and E. It contributes to bone growth and is necessary for proper functioning of the heart and other muscles.
Like calcium, magnesium is supports a strong and calm nervous system but is often deficient in those consuming high levels of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and drugs (Finnegan and Gray, 1990).Low calcium and magnesium levels are a major contributing factor to the irritability, pain, and muscular/nervous system disorders that alcoholics and addicts experience during the withdrawal and recovery phases.
•Vitamin B-6 (as Pyridoxal-5- Phosphate): B-vitamins are necessary for the nervous system to function normally --perhaps the single most important factor. With other ingredients, it helps your body create the neurotransmitters GABA, Enkephalins, Dopamine and Norepinephrine by helping these powerful amino acids cross the blood/brain barrier.
People recovering from drug and alcohol addiction who use excessive amounts of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and drugs often develop serious vitamin B deficiencies. Some of these deficiencies may have even been present before the addiction. In fact, vitamin B deficiencies have been shown to cause cravings for addictive substances. (Finnegan and Gray 1990 British Journal of Medicine)
Bill Wilson, co-founder of AA, Dr. Russell Smith, Dr. Abram Hoffer, Dr. Janice Phelps, Dr. Roger Williams, Dr. Carl Pfeiffer and many other physicians have found B-vitamins to be a tremendous asset during recovery (Finnegan and Gray, 1990).
Use of B-vitamins has been found to eliminate or greatly diminish withdrawal symptoms, help eliminate cravings, boost mental outlook and stability and aid the regeneration of the liver, endocrine glands, and nervous system.
•Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral that can have many benefits in recovery. Unbalanced meals and too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and drugs can leach out the liver’s extra stores of zinc. While the processes are quite complicated and not completely understood, zinc is believed to aid liver function, a healthy immune system and brain function. Zinc also helps insulin do its job and helps digest the food you eat (DesMaisons, 1998). Deficiencies in zinc may cause symptoms such as cold extremities, poor peripheral circulation, loss of taste and smell, poor wound healing, lethargy, poor appetite, acne, and hypothyroidism.
•Chromium: Chromium is a mineral that the body needs in trace amounts to regulate blood sugar, or glucose. This is especially important for those who suffer from addiction. Symptoms of chromium deficiencies are hypoglycemia, diabetes, and heart disease (Larson, 1997).
•Rhodiola: Studies document rhodiola's impact on overall general physical and mental health. Rhodiola is a promising and relatively benign treatment that can be used to reduce stress, alleviate fatigue, boost mental performance and improve physical and mental fitness and resilience--even mild to moderate depression.
When combined with tricyclic antidepressants, rhodiola use has shown to ease antidepressant side effects, particularly fatigue and sexual dysfunction. It has also been associated with improving depressive symptoms.
Brown et al. state that they use rhodiola as an adjunctive treatment in depression because it "increases mental and physical energy" and "improves mood and stress tolerance."
Brown et al. note that rhodiola also can be useful in the treatment of anxiety, and a recent open-label study supports this use. Brown et al. add that their clinical experience shows rhodiola to be beneficial in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome. It is also a useful adjunctive treatment in attention deficit disorder (ADHD), since it activates cognition and tends to improve accuracy, alertness and attention.
Iovieno et al. state that rhodiola is effective in treating physical deficiencies such as exhaustion, decreased motivation, daytime sleepiness, decreased libido, sleep disturbances, and cognitive complaints such as concentration deficiencies, forgetfulness, decreased memory, susceptibility to stress, and irritability.