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FAQ's

  1. IS THERE A RISK OF BECOMING DEPENDENT ON ZENBEV TO FALL ASLEEP?
  2. WHAT IS IT IN ZENBEV THAT MAKES IT WORK?
  3. ISN'T TRYPTOPHAN BANNED, CAN IT BE TAKEN SAFELY?
  4. WHAT ARE HIGH GLYCAEMIC INDEX (GI) FOODS?
  5. IS ZENBEV A DRUG?
  6. HOW MUCH TRYPTOPHAN IS IN A SERVING OF ZENBEV?
  7. DOES ZENBEV HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
  8. WILL IT "KNOCK ME OUT"?
  9. HOW DOES ZENBEV COMPARE TO OTHER DRUGS FOR TREATING INSOMNIA?
  10. CAN I USE ZENBEV EVERY DAY OR NIGHT?
  11. DOES ZENBEV NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED?
  12. HOW LONG WILL A JAR LAST?
  13. CAN ZENBEV HELP ALL SLEEP OR STRESS PROBLEMS?
  14. WHO SHOULD AVOID TAKING ZENBEV?
  15. WHY IS ZENBEV SO EXPENSIVE?
  16. WHAT IS THE REASON FOR BRINGING OUT A BOOK TOGETHER WITH ZENBEV?

Is there a risk of becoming dependent on Zenbev to fall asleep?

No. Almost all sleep drugs are associated with either dependence (the need to continue with the medication or the experience of “rebound” insomnia when it is discontinued) or tolerance (requiring an increased dosage to maintain the same effect) because these drugs override the brain’s natural sleep chemistry. Zenbev does not cause dependence or tolerance because it works with the brain’s natural sleep chemistry. It supplies the brain with sufficient nutrients to produce the hormones required for sleep and relaxation, but it is the brain that decides how much is required and when. As a result the normal brain chemistry is maintained.

What is it in Zenbev that makes it work?

The pumpkin seed flour is Zenbev is high in proteins which are a natural source of tryptophan, the amino acid found in milk and turkey. Once in the brain, tryptophan becomes serotonin in the first step, and in a second step melatonin. This conversion to melatonin from tryptophan is light-sensitive, i.e. tryptophan only becomes melatonin if it is dark. Otherwise it remains as serotonin (The Happy Hormone), a chemical that helps you to relax but does not make you fall asleep. Therefore, if taken during the day, Zenbev helps alleviate feelings of stress and its related symptoms. If taken at night, Zenbev is a powerful ally against insomnia.

Zenbev is specially formulated with all-natural ingredients that have several advantages over synthetic derivatives such as prescription tryptophan, over-the-counter (OTC) 5-HTP or melatonin. These drug equivalents can produce much more serotonin or melatonin than the brain needs. When there is an over-production, side effects such as daytime sleepiness or a hang-over effect in the morning can occur.

Isn’t tryptophan banned, can it be taken safely?

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid (which are the building blocks of protein), meaning that the body cannot produce it and must ingest it through a food source (e.g. milk, meats, seeds). Our bodies require tryptophan as the precursor to serotonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, mood and appetite. 15 years ago, pharmaceutical-grade tryptophan was banned due to strong side effects from synthetically produced tryptophan from a genetically modified bacterium. This process was discontinued and synthetic tryptophan has remained available by prescription.
Zenbev, however, is made of a natural source of tryptophan derived from pumpkin seeds, and formulated with dextrose to be easily assimilated by the body. As all amino acids in Zenbev are present in a protein configuration, it is not considered to be a drug, but rather a food “nutraceutical”, a functional food.

What are high glycaemic index (GI) foods?

Recent fad diets have claimed that eating too many carbohydrates can lead to high insulin levels, resulting in health issues such as obesity and diabetes. Foods that score higher than 70 on the glycaemic index (e.g. potatoes, parsnips and donuts) are high GI foods. The reference food at which the GI is indexed, is pure glucose or white sugar at GI 100. High GI foods provide bursts of energy that may be followed quickly by blood sugar reductions and hunger. If taken in moderation, some high GI foods can be beneficial and should not be avoided altogether. However, overly processed foods containing excess sugar should be limited. We can make an effort to become aware of the glycaemic reaction that certain foods cause and therefore make better-balanced food choices.

Zenbev’s special formula includes a small amount of dextrose, a high GI food, which serves the specific function of binding to all the amino acids in the protein complex except for tryptophan, thus shunting them away. Tryptophan is then allowed efficient access across the blood brain barrier (BBB), where it can metabolise into serotonin. This contributes to Zenbev’s effectiveness. Diabetics should be cautious when taking Zenbev and refer to the nutritional panel on the label.

Is Zenbev a drug?

No. It is an all natural food made from pumpkin seeds, the high glycaemic index (GI) food dextrose and rice starch; you might like to call it “nutraceutical”, a functional food with pharmaceutical/therapeutic effects.

How much tryptophan is in a serving of Zenbev?

The amount of tryptophan ingested depends on the amount of Zenbev required. We recommend starting at one scoop and increasing the dosage as necessary. Most clients report that one to two scoops are sufficient. One should be aware that at more than four scoops, the dosage of tryptophan can be greater than 250 mg. This should be more than adequate for most people, since the inventive formulation of Zenbev allows the body to utilize the protein source of tryptophan very efficiently.

Does Zenbev have side effects?

It naturally takes about thirty minutes for circulating melatonin to become inactive after the sun rises or lights are turned on. During that time there may be drowsiness which subsides and does not interfere with daytime functioning.
Zenbev contains dextrose. Diabetics taking Zenbev should be aware that 2 tablespoons contains the same amount of carbohydrate as one slice of dry toast.
People taking drugs that already cause drowsiness, such as antidepressants (pharmaceutical grade or natural) or lithium, should avoid Zenbev.
If you have any concerns or are on medication, please contact your physician before taking Zenbev.

Will It “Knock Me Out”?

No. Zenbev does not override the brain’s own natural sleep chemistry; it merely allows the brain to produce as much or as little melatonin as it needs. As noted above, melatonin takes approximately ½ hour to leave the body after first light, so there may be a hold-over sleepiness of about that amount of time.

How does Zenbev compare to other drugs for treating insomnia?

Zenbev is the only sleep aid that works within the brain’s own natural sleep chemistry. It allows the body to produce its own melatonin, but does not override the natural sleep chemistry as synthetic melatonin on its own might. It also enhances the 5 stages of sleep, whereas other sleep aids including prescription drugs and OTC antihistamines actually suppress deep sleep (stages 3&4) as well as REM (dream) sleep.

Can I use Zenbev every day or night?

Yes, but it may not be necessary since there is a positive effect for a few days after one stops Zenbev. The best rule of thumb is this: it takes a few doses before Zenbev’s optimal benefit is seen, and it continues to work for a few days/nights after it was last taken. One way of optimizing this benefit is to take Zenbev for 5-7 days/nights and then stop it for 2-3 days/ nights. If you prefer to take it every day, however, you may do so, too.

Does Zenbev need to be refrigerated?

No. Zenbev should be stored in a dry cool space. Zenbev is made from ingredients that are stable, with an expected shelf life of several years.

How long will a jar last?

One jar should last about 30 days, assuming a dosage of two scoops per day. It may last longer if taken on an intermittent schedule or at a lower dosage. It will not last 30 days if taken at a higher dosage on a daily schedule. So, in order for your tub of Zenbev to last you as long as possibly, try to take a two day break every five or so days.

Can Zenbev help all sleep or stress problems?

No. Zenbev is effective for the vast majority of people suffering from insomnia and/or those who feel stressed but will not work for a small number of people who may suffer from disorders such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. Consult your physician to find out which disorder you are suffering from. Zenbev is highly effective for stress-related problems if resulting from a lack of serotonin. Zenbev is specially formulated to deliver tryptophan, which is the precursor for serotonin, in a way that can be easily assimilated by the body. Those with long-term cases of stress related problems should also consult a medical professional.

Who should avoid taking Zenbev?

Those who plan to drive or operate heavy machinery at night should not take Zenbev before doing so. If you are pregnant or nursing a child, you should consult your physician. Those taking antidepressants, natural or synthetic such as lithium, should not take Zenbev If you are diabetic as mentioned earlier, please consult the nutritional panel and your doctor.

Why is Zenbev so expensive?

After all, Zenbev is only pumpkin seed flour, isn’t it? I might as well just eat pumpkin seeds! No. The pumpkin seeds in Zenbev are specifically chosen for their amino acid complex and suitability. The production is complicated. Zenbev is made from dehulled pumpkin seeds which makes it difficult to extract the oil. It would be comparatively simple to crush pumpkin seeds with hulls but then the fibre content and antinutritive factors (ANFs) would be prohibitive. The hull of a seed is nature's protection and as a result the hull is not particularly appealing to eat nor is it healthy - the fibre content is too high and the ANFs are there to protect the seed from predators. Dehulled seeds are much harder to work with but also much healthier. The cold press of dehulled pumpkin seeds takes a LONG TIME to crush a ton (about 1 week). It is a little like driving a car on ice, if you go slow everything is fine but going fast leads to trouble like the burning of the seed meal. After the cold press, the seed meal is then treated with infrared light which removes any mold, yeast, etc, but maintaining the natural way of our process. Again the milling is complicated with a "double mill" process used. It goes on from there but suffice it to say this is not simply pumpkin seeds mixed with dextrose which is why it cost what it does.

What is the reason for bringing out a book together with Zenbev?

Zenbev works best on lifestyle insomnia and lifestyle related stress. As Zenbev can only help with the symptoms but not reduce the amount of stress in your life that causes insomnia or bald nerves, Dr Hudson, together with his wife Susan, wrote the practical self-help book Feel Great Day and Night. This book is aimed at helping you find ways to beat insomnia and stress by focusing on areas in your life that need adjustment in order to beat the reasons for insomnia and stress in your life. While you are trying to change these slowly, Zenbev supports you in providing your body with the nutrients it needs for better sleep and stress relief.

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