Sweet Dreams

A milk-based protein called lactium helps your body say “Ahhhh.”

By Kelly Maguire

June 2008


Back in the Stone Age, people needed an anxiety response to survive: When a hungry bear approached a cave dwelling, anxiety would trigger the nervous system into a finely orchestrated series of chemical reactions that initiated action. For our ancestors, this “fight or flight” impulse often meant the difference between being eaten by a predator or living to see another day.

Experts warn that never-ending stressors can lead to health problems such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension. In contrast to the primitive forms of stress, modern-day sources of stress are more frequently of the chronic variety: meeting growing demands at work, studying for an exam, quitting smoking and worrying about money and relationships.

In children, anxiety can wreak havoc on overall health. School work, exams, peer pressure, video games and other challenges tend to trigger the same self-protective response adults experience. But in children the result is often poor sleep. As a society, we definitely need to unwind. According to the National Sleep Foundation, almost 74% of all Americans don’t sleep enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 50 to 70 million people suffer from chronic sleep disorders; in fact, Americans filled 35 million prescriptions for sleeping pills in 2004 at a cost of $2.1 billion.

All these signs indicate how easy to it is for us to forget the importance of good, old-fashioned rest (“the sweet sauce of labor,” according to Plutarch). Fortunately, there’s an answer: Lactium, a milk-derived protein, presents a natural alternative for those suffering from the modern ills associated with stress.

Sleep Like a Baby

Clinically proven to aid with relaxation and stress reduction, lactium first attracted attention after researchers observed the languid bliss of an infant after drinking milk. Why, then, did milk not produce the the same blissful, relaxed state in adults? Over a decade of research led to the identification of a peptide with relaxing properties within a milk protein called hydrolysate; subsequent studies confirmed the link between lactium and a reduction of stress symptoms.

Scientists found that the reason adults do not experience the same calming effects of milk that infants do is because adults do not have the enzymes of a newborn which allow for the release of this relaxing peptide.

Lactium supplements overcome this problem. In one study, as yet unpublished, lactium significantly reduced stress reactivity in healthy women who took it for 30 consecutive days. On the heels of this study, a multinational team of researchers then investigated the effects of lactium on women who exhibited at least one symptom of stress. The team found that lactium at a dose of 150 milligrams per day was particularly helpful for people who had exhibited the highest stress intensities. The women also experienced improved digestive, cardiovascular, intellectual, emotional and social functioning (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 4/07).

Getting Your Rest Naturally

Most experts agree that the best antidote to stress is exercise and a healthy diet. But many folks need extra help now and then, and lactium presents a safe, non-toxic and 100% natural option for those who want to maximize the quality of their sleep and relaxation. Shakespeare called sleep “the chief nourisher in life’s feast.” Lactium can help you find some of that shuteye. Who knows—you might just wake up cooing like a baby.

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