Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Ad | Zenflore review - Can probiotics help reduce everyday stress?

'Complete support for your mind and body during busy and demanding times.' That's quite the promise, isn't it? Especially in the lead up to Christmas. When I was asked to trial Zenflore probiotics for a month, I didn't hesitate. It's a crazy busy time, yes, but I've also been experimenting with my supplement intake throughout the second half of 2018. So how did Zenflore fare?
Rewind a bit. I'd hoped that our kid-free holiday in Crete back in June would be a relaxing reset, that I'd catch up on years of broken sleep and that I wouldn't wake with that angsty feeling in the pit of my stomach anymore. Writing that now I can see what a ridiculous tall order that would be - expecting a week away to 'cure' some very deeply held stress!

So when I arrived home, I made a concerted effort to sort some things out. One was my sleep 'hygiene' - bedtimes got a bit earlier, no screens before bed, eye mask/ear plugs etc. Another was to ensure that I was taking the right supplements. I eat a vegan diet so take quite a few: B12, D, K, Calcium, Kelp, Omegas, and I also added in 5-HTP which is an amino acid that your body naturally produces in order to generate serotonin. Serotonin can be converted into melatonin which is the hormone that regulates sleep, which is the reason I began taking it.

The trouble I found with 5-HTP was that I really had to experiment with when I took it. Too early in the day and I was asleep by 8pm. Too late in the evening and it didn't have time to get to work. When it did work, it seemed to work well, quickly alleviating that knotty feeling in my tummy.

At the beginning of November, I ditched the 5-HTP in favour of Zenflore. Containing the live culture 1714-Serenitas, Zenflore has undergone clinical trials with people experiencing everyday stress (me!) with promising results.

Here's a video to show how the brain and gut are linked.

Want to know more about gut health? Here's a useful introduction to the microbiome.

So I took my month's supply and what did I experience? It's an easy probiotic to take - just one a day and Zenflore doesn't require refrigeration (many probiotics do). You can take it with or without food.

As with all these things, it's very difficult to pinpoint benefits when you're living real life rather than a clinical trial, but I definitely found my stress levels were more manageable. That could've also been due to the Transcendental Meditation we've been practising daily for the past month, but I'm convinced enough that Zenflore played a part that I'll be buying another month's supply myself (I was sent one month's supply free of charge for the purposes of this review). At £1 a day, I'm willing to make the investment. Note, though, that the recommendations suggest a month is a good amount of time to really assess the results, although it can take up to 8 weeks to really see the benefits.

The clinical results are encouraging, too. Zenflore is one of the first ‘psychobiotics’. Its specific bacterial culture (1714-Serenitas) increases the activity in the areas of the brain associated with emotions, learning and memory, and also reduces the level of cortisol (the stress hormone). As well as the live culture, Zenflore also contains Biotin, Folate, Niacin, Thiamine, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 (all of which contribute to normal psychological function) while Folate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

So you can see why I'm convinced. Another month of Zenflore then - the most stressful month of the year! - and let's really see what it's made of!

Zenflore retails at £29.95 for a month’s supply and is available on Amazon and precisionbiotics.com.

Do you take probiotics? Is your life stressful? Would you give something like this a go?

This is a paid review for which I received one month's supply of Zenflore and a fee to write this post. 
As ever, my views are truthful and never altered by virtue of the payment - I aim to write posts you can believe and trust!
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