Also known as oxitriptan (INN), it is a naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan. 5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behavior, and pain sensation. Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an important role including depression, insomnia, obesity, and many other conditions. Note: do not take 5-HTP or our relaxation shot if you are taking medications for depression.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system giving the body a sense of alertness.
Known as a “mind health compound,” it does this by reducing buildup of what is known as the, ‘age pigment,” which impairs cognitive function, and is implicated in the cognitive decline with age. It can also increase the levels of the compound involved with memory, acetylcholine. It also protects neurons and other cells from harmful effects of certain types of oxidation by embedding itself in the structure of the cell and acting as an anti-oxidant.
A non-essential amino acid found mainly in the human brain and eyes. It is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which means it regulates brain and nerve cell activity by inhibiting the number of neurons firing in the brain. GABA is referred to as the “brain’s natural calming agent.” By inhibiting over-stimulation of the brain, GABA may help promote relaxation and ease nervous tension.
A naturally occurring substance manufactured by the human body. It is supposed to detoxify the body and has been clinically shown to reduce sleepiness and sleep-related traffic accidents. Widely-known to improve mental performance, reaction time, concentration, and memory.
Also called the wolfberry, and is a bright orange-red berry that comes from a shrub native to China. In Asia, goji berries have been eaten for generations since goji berries are rich in nutrients and are believed to improve life expectancy. Some studies using goji berry juice found benefits that include a feeling of well being, calmness, better athletic performance, quality of sleep, and weight loss. The shriveled red berries are believed to boost the immune system, brain activity, protect against heart disease and cancer, plus improve life expectancy. Goji berries contain vitamins C, B2, and A, iron, selenium, and other antioxidants (notably polysaccharides).
An herbal derivative from green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis), containing antioxidant ingredients—mainly green tea catechins (GTC). Green tea extract is approximately twice as more antioxidant-active than vitamin C. Green tea is a common ingredient in many weight loss formulas and for good reason—in the Journal of Obesity, researchers successfully used the extract of green tea for weight loss in a safe manner, promoting appetite control, increasing metabolic rate, and fat burning.
This is known as a conditionally essential amino acid needed by your body in large amounts. It helps to promote digestive and brain health, muscle growth, athletic performance, and more.
Derived from tea leaves and may help relieve stress by inducing a relaxing effect without drowsiness. May also possess immunologic attributes. Theanine may also have effects on the cardiovascular system and play a preventive role in cancer. There is limited clinical information available to support these claims.
An essential amino acid that elevates the mood, enhances memory, alertness, learning, and suppresses the appetite.
Lysine is one of the most well known amino acids and is an essential component of proteins.
(Silybum marianum) has a history dating back over two thousand years as a favorite among herbalists for its positive effects on the liver and gallbladder. The seeds contain the highest concentrations of the active compound, silymarin. Silymarin is an antioxidant that reduces free radical production and oxidative damage. Milk thistle gets its name from the milky sap that comes out of the leaves when they are broken. The leaves also have unique white markings, that according to legend, were the Virgin Mary’s milk. However, don’t confuse milk thistle with blessed thistle (cnicus benedictus). Milk thistle seed might protect liver cells from toxic chemicals and drugs. It also seems to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Used for centuries by native North and South Americans as a traditional herbal calming agent. More recent scientific studies have verified that certain constituents of Passion Flower are effective for the temporary relief of nervousness and minor stress. Passion Flower extracts have been shown to aid in relaxation, reduce tenseness, and restlessness without creating dependency.
Contains Phenylaanine. This warning is for people with the genetic disorder Phenylketonuria only.
Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that enhances alertness.* It’s found in dairy products, avocados, legumes, nuts, leafy vegetables, whole grains, poultry, and fish.
A common preservative found in most energy drinks.
A common preservative found in most energy drinks.
An artificial sweetener. Note: Dollar Shots Club shots do not contain aspartame.
This ingredient is a naturally occurring chemical substance present in meat, fish, and dairy products. Taurine can be found in the whole blood cells, skeletal muscles, heart, and central nervous system of human adults. Taurine plays a role in digestion, and is used to process potassium, calcium, and sodium in the body, as well as maintain the integrity of cell membranes. This is an amino acid that your body naturally produces, and when combined with caffeine, can act as a mood elevator as well as aid memory and concentration.
Derived from a plant that is native to Europe and Asia. The root of this plant has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for various ailments including sleep problems. It’s believed that valerian root has an impact on the availability of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which also aids in the support of relaxation. Valerian root has mild sedative and tranquilizing properties. It promotes feelings of calmness, reduces nervous tension and stress.
Niacin plays a key role in converting fats, proteins, carbohydrates, and starches into usable energy. Niacin also can be found in food sources such as meat, dairy products, leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes, avocados, nuts, and whole grains. It creates enzymes that are essential to metabolic cell activity and decreases cholesterol and triglycerides in blood. Note: small percentages of people are sensitive to niacin (vitamin B3) and may experience a “niacin flush” (hot, prickly feeling, skin redness) that lasts a few minutes. This is caused by niacin increasing blood flow near the skin.
Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems. Supports healthier skin, hair, and normal red blood cell formation, while assisting in the production of food energy.
Folic acid, or folate, helps produce and maintain new cells in our bodies. It is commonly found in food sources including leafy, green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, and peas. This vitamin is very important to the growth and reproduction of all body cells, including red blood cells.
This ingredient can also be found in a wide array of foods including fortified cereals, beans, meat, poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the production of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. B12 is used in the creation of DNA and is involved in over 100 crucial chemical reactions in our bodies. It also helps form nearly all new cells in our bodies. It also helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells (needed for the production of DNA, the genetic material in all cells). B12 is also needed for the growth and development of nerve, skin, hair, and blood cells.
A fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in very few foods, added to many others, and is available as a dietary supplement. It is also produced endogenously when ultraviolent rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption in the gut, and it’s also needed for bone growth. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become brittle or misshapen. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents Rickets in children and Osteomalacia in adults. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
‡ Individual results may vary.
Pure Energy shot contains caffeine comparable to a cup of the leading premium coffee. Extra Strength shot contains caffeine comparable to 12 ounces of the leading premium coffee. Limit caffeine products to avoid nervousness, sleeplessness and occasional rapid heartbeat.
Relaxation shot product may cause drowsiness. Do not take when operating machinery or driving a vehicle. Do not take any of our supplements if you are pregnant or nursing. Do not take if you are under age 12. If you have any known allergies or are under medical supervision seek the advice of your healthcare professional prior to using this product.