Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition associated with altered dopamine functioning within the central nervous system rather than a problem with the legs themselves:
“The problem lies with the brain messages being sent to the legs and not with the legs themselves. The brain produces dopamine, which acts as a messenger for cell receptors… ” says Katie Sidle, Consultant Neurologist at a London hospital in an article that appeared in The Sunday Mail in January 2010.
Although restless legs can occur in younger people and during pregnancy, it appears more frequently with passing years and it is interesting to note that from mid-life the level of dopamine in the central nervous system declines by approximately 13% each decade. This decline accounts for many of the general symptoms of ageing; poor sleep quality, reduced muscle tone, low mood and motivation, stooped posture and the development or worsening of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).
Drugs which stimulate dopamine receptors (the same drugs used for Parkinson’s disease) are now prescribed for RLS, but these drugs have many unwanted effects and their efficacy reduces over time.
A healthy way to improve dopamine functioning and calm restless legs however, is with phenylethylamine (PEA), a molecule we produce naturally in the nervous system when we feel happy, calm and joyful and found in two natural foods; raw unprocessed cocoa and Klamath blue-green algae.
vitalCALM contains high levels of PEA and other natural, nourishing ingredients proven to support dopamine levels/functioning. vitalCALM is the healthy choice for restless legs sufferers and anyone wishing to improve dopamine levels/functioning. £47.99 – 120 capsules (a 6-8 week course)
Sometimes called a neurohormone, PEA has specific neuro-regenerating properties itself, increasing brain attention, mental acuity and improving mood. People in love generate high quantities of PEA (hence it is aso known as the “love molecule”) as do long-distance runners, partly explaining the anti-depressant effect of endurance exercise.
Found in significant quantities in only two foods (AFA algae and raw unprocessed cocoa), PEA is able to cross the blood/brain barrier to reach the central nervous system where it increases dopaminergic activation and transmission.
vitalCALM is a new product specifically formulated with concentrated extracts of PEA from AFA algae, ginger root extract, grape extract with a high concentration of resveratrol (both shown to support dopamine functioning) and organic minerals. It is effective in alleviating Restless Legs Syndrome as well as other conditions associated with altered dopamine levels and functioning such as low mood, anxiety, depression, fatigue, low libido, and insomnia.
vitalCALM offers a drug-free alternative for RLS, and in addition provides advanced nutritional support for the mind and body supporting cardiovascular, immune and respiratory systems.
Read more about dopamine in the article: Increase Dopamine Levels Naturally