I have tried dozens of sleep supplements in the past year, and when I test supplements, I’m looking for their effectiveness in helping me fall asleep, stay asleep, and improve my sleep quality.
Serotonin Brain Food by Natural Stacks is not really marketed as a sleep supplement, but reading the list of ingredients on the site, I noticed it contained a number of my favorite ingredients, like L-Tryptophan, Magnesium, and Zinc — and in some of the highest concentrations I’d ever seen in other supplements. If you recall, Natural Stacks also makes MagTech, one of my favorite magnesium-based supplements. That’s another supplement not marketed exclusively for sleep, though it helps my rest a ton.
This supplement is marketed for mood support, a lot like one of my favorites, New Mood, so I was excited to try it as soon as it arrived. Read below to see how this supplement — not marketed exclusively for sleep — impacted my rest.
Natural Stacks has a number of formulas under the Brain Food™ label, including Serotonin Brain Food. This supplement is designed to boost the natural production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for an overall sensation of well-being and happiness.
Although serotonin is associated with emotional health, it is primarily found in the GI tract, and it also helps regulate appetite, digestion, sleep, and hormonal health.
From the manufacturer:
Take a serving of 2-3 capsules to support a positive mood, during situations of stress or irritability, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. Avoid use in the evening. Do not exceed 2 servings per day.
Additional Ingredients: Vegetable capsules, cellulose, vegetable stearate, silica.
So, somewhat against manufacturer recommendations, I took 2 and 3 capsule dosages about 30 minutes before bed; Natural Stacks suggests avoiding use in the evening. The label also suggests taking this during the day for a positive mood or during stressful or irritable situations, which I did with some success. However, I found taking it in the evening had the most significant impact on my rest.
This is by far one of my favorite sleep supplements on the market right now. I have been taking 3 capsules for the past 10 consecutive days — usually in the evening, but sometimes early in the day as suggested — and I have had 97%+ sleep quality nights every night. Serotonin Brain Food sends me into a deep sleep, minutes after getting to bed. The sleep is restful, full of dreams that I can actually remember in the morning (a big upside to my creativity!). I have slept between 7 and 8 eight hours a night, uninterrupted, and have woken up before my alarm, refreshed and ready to go. The sleep I get is very deep, so I may avoid this supplement when I have under 7 hours to rest.
In short, I’m a fan of Serotonin Brain Food. This supplement will stay in my rotation indefinitely. I like that it is effective, without any unnecessary artificial colors or filler ingredients. As per the manufacturer’s suggestion, I may move to trying a smaller dosage during the day to help me deal with stressful situations — and hopefully I will still get the same benefit to my sleep.