|1. Q. Are the ingredients in Neu-beCALM’d all
All the ingredients are natural and of the highest
quality pharmaceutical grade and the amino acids are derived
from plant sources. The capsules are NOT of a bovine
2. Q. What are amino acids?
Everything from your hair down to your toes is made of
combinations of amino acids. Your hormones, blood cells,
muscles, organs, to neurotransmitters in the brain are made
of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of life.
There are twenty amino acids that do all of this building
and eight of them are referred to as “essential” amino
acids. This means it is essential you take them in through
nutrition (or supplements) because your body cannot
manufacture them from other chemicals. The amino acids in
Neu-beCALM’d are phenylalanine, both d and I form, and
glutamine. Phenylalanine is the building block for
noradrenalin and dopamine. Glutamine builds GABA, the major
calming chemical in the brain.
3. Q. Explain the precautions on the label.
Phenylketonuria is a condition that develops in utero in
which the baby is not able to metabolize phenylalanine
properly. This is checked for at birth and, if present, is
treated with dietary restriction. Pregnant women should not
use any supplement containing L-phenylalanine due to this
concern. Nursing mothers should not use supplemental
L-phenylalanine for the same reason. Monoamine Oxidase
Inhibitors (MAQI) 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 possibility of increased blood
4. Q. Can Neu-beCALM’d be taken with other
Yes, in most cases. Information derived from studies and
reviews by physicians who actively use nutritional
supplements in their practice tell us that the incidence of
problems with medications and supplements is extremely low.
In the case of the ingredients in Neu-beCALM’d the only
precaution noted is the use of MAQI medications. It is NOT
advisable to take medications and supplements at the exact
same time. You should allow 2-3 hours between use of
medications and supplements for maximum safety.
5. Q. Can Neu-beCALM’d be taken if you are taking
Again, the incidence of problems with medications and
supplements is low. However, you should consult your
physician before use if you have a concern. Multiple
medications may cause adverse interactions themselves.
6. Q. Is L-phenylalanine the same thing as Nutrasweet
or other artificial sweeteners? Is it safe?
Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid. That means it
is essential you get it in your diet daily because your body
cannot manufacture it from other chemicals. Phenylalanine
produces Dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with
pleasure, love and attachment. Phenylalanine is used in
artificial sweeteners because it has a slightly sweet taste.
The only time phenylalanine has been found to be a problem
is the use of the free form powder. This appears to put too
much into the blood stream too quickly and causes a spike in
adrenalin output When phenylalanine is combined with other
protein, or is in the capsule form, the problem did not
occur. We combine both forms of phenylalanine for slower
absorption and capsulate it with other products for maximum
protection and effect.
7. Q. What is 5HTP? Is it natural or synthetic?
5HTP stands for 5 Hydroxy Tryptophan and is the
immediate precursor building block for Serotonin, a very
important neurotransmitter in the brain. Serotonin helps to
maintain emotional stability and aids in sleep. 5HTP is
derived in the natural state by the grinding of seeds from
the Griffonia plant. It is not a synthetic chemical.
8. Q. Does 5HTP cause “Serotonin syndrome”?
“Serotonin syndrome” is most commonly caused by the
combination of multiple antidepressant medications.
Currently most forms of antidepressants work on both
Serotonin and Dopamine to some degree. Some forms are
selective for Serotonin. These medications work to make your
neurotransmitters work longer and harder. They do not help
to produce more neurotransmitter. When combined improperly
they activate too much Serotonin and produce a number of
unpleasant symptoms such as agitation. 5HTP simply helps
with the production, not the activation, of Serotonin. We
are not aware of any documented studies that implicate 5HTP
in this condition in the absence of multiple antidepressant
9. Q. A common question is “can I give Neu-beCALM’d to
my 3 or 4 year old child”?
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 the age of 6. It must be the
parents’ decision for use with children under 6.
10. Q. Should I continue taking multivitamins?
Yes, Neu-beCALM’d is not intended to take the place of a
11. Q. Are there any “side effects” with Neu-beCALM’d?
As long as you heed the warning about MACI’s the only
reported side effects have been an occasional headache on
first using the supplement. The solution is to reduce the
dosage for a few days to become accustomed to the product.
If you find that your sleep is interfered with you should
take the last dose earlier in the day.
12. Q. How long before you notice a difference with
The average has been 7-10 days. Some notice a change
earlier, some later. Usually someone else will notice a
difference before you actually can tell a change has
occurred. If the supplement is being used for ADD/HD a
difference is usually noticed at home before school reports
a change. Neu-BeCALM’d will not cause children to lose
weight. It may reduce the craving for sugars however.
13. Q. Does Neu-beCALM’d work the same as Ritalin or
NO! These drugs are in the family of amphetamines and
their action is to make the persons dopamine work harder and
longer. By speeding up dopamine activity, usually in the
right hemisphere of the brain, there is a better balance
between the two halves of the brain and this results in less
uncontrolled activity and an increase in focus. The problem
is these drugs have significant side effects and produce
dependencies. Neu-BeCALM’d works to increase the
availability of dopamine and associated neurotransmitters in
a natural metabolic manner and consequently achieves the
desired balance and benefits without serious side effects.
14. Q. How does Neu-beCALM’d work in weight loss?
Most people overeat due to stress. They consume excess
carbohydrates and refined sugars to calm down and feel less
stressed. This leads to excessive weight gain. Neu-BeCALM’d
works to reduce the biochemical and neurochemical effects of
stress and thus reduces craving for carbs and sweets through
the effect of L-glutamine. Neu-BeCALM’d is not a “weight
loss” product as such but reduces the effects of stress.
15. Q. Does Neu-BeCALM’d tranquilize or sedate?
NO, Neu-beCALM’d helps balance neurotransmitters and
reduce the impact of adrenalin. A reduction in adrenalin
output and impact is sensed as a calmed state.
16. Q. Does the FDA “approve” Neu-beCALM’d?
The FDA does not approve or disapprove of nutritional
supplements, only prescription medications. The only time
the FDA gets involved is if supplements make the statement
that they diagnose, treat or prevent disease. We do not make
17. Q. How long do I have to take Neu-beCALM’d?
Remember, this is supplementing your nutrition. As long
as stress and other negative issues impact your brain
chemistry in a negative fashion you should take supplements
to offset the effects of stress. If the stress diminishes
and your nutrition is adequate and of high quality you
should be able to use less supplement. When stress
increases, use more supplement.
18. Q. How much is enough? Can I increase the dosage
Due to the infinite variability of each persons
biochemistry and life factors it is impossible to dictate
the “exact” amount for maximum benefit. The most common dose
for maximum effect in adults has been reported to be 6
capsules per day in divided doses, either two or three times
daily. For children the dosage is reduced based on age and
weight. These ingredients are water-soluble. That means that
if they are not picked up and used in the metabolic process
they are excreted and do not build up to any toxic levels.
Many people tell us they use up to 12 capsules per day for
extremely traumatic situations.
19. Q. The label says to take “one hour before meals
or two hours after meals”. How important is this?
What about taking it twice a day? The ideal would be one
hour before or two hours afterward. But few of us can run
our schedules on an ideal structure. The thing to try to
avoid is taking the supplement with a heavy protein meal.
This will slow absorption of the amino acids and possibly
reduce benefit. Taking the supplement with some food is not
a problem, especially if it is carbohydrates. Even 15
minutes before a meal will work. If the only alternative is
with the meal it is better to take it than not.
Most people take the supplement twice daily, since it is
so difficult to arrange for and remember around noon. The
most effective adult dose has been six capsules per day.
Three (3) capsules taken twice a day works just fine.
20. Q. What is Tryptophan and why is it banned in the
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. That means it is
essential you take it in every day in your diet (or
supplements) because your body cannot manufacture it from
other chemicals. Without tryptophan you don’t produce
Serotonin, the neurotransmitter which permits proper sensory
input, keeps emotions stable and helps you stay asleep.
People who avoid dairy products, milk and cheese, for any
reason tend to be low on Serotonin because dairy is the
major source of tryptophan. Turkey, sesame seeds, pumpkin
seeds and sunflower seeds are also good sources of
tryptophan. In 1989 one of the worlds major suppliers of
tryptophan inadvertently packaged contaminated enzymes, used
to extract the amino acid from protein, with the tryptophan.
These enzymes seriously contaminated the supplement and
caused serious problems. The FDA ruled that all tryptophan
be recalled and has not allowed it to be resold on the
retail market since that time. We do not use tryptophan in
our products. Instead we use the next product in the
metabolic process, which is 5HTP (5 Hydroxy tryptophan).
5HTP is perfectly safe and widely used therapeutically and
is the immediate precursor (building block) for serotonin.