We know that chronic and acute stress negatively impacts cognition, including memory and reasoning.*
Fortunately, research has shown that our ingredient ETAS® can support healthy stress relief, sleep, and brain function.* Better yet, ETAS is a natural extract derived from the tough lower portion of asparagus stalks that would otherwise go to waste, making the ingredient both upcycled and sustainable.
The proprietary extraction process used to create ETAS asparagus extract powder results in properties that are not contained in raw asparagus extract. Double-blind, placebo-controlled research has shown ETAS effectively:
- • Increases quality of sleep*
- • Alleviates occasional stress by improving heart rate variability*
- • Raises cognitive performance, reduces fatigue, and improves the stress response*
Mechanism of action
ETAS asparagus extract powder works by increasing the production of Heat Shock Protein 70 (HSP70) — an intracellular protein produced naturally by the body when it encounters a stressor, such as extreme heat.*
HSP70 has many beneficial functions. HSP helps proteins to ensure correct folding and it repairs damaged cells, tipping the balance from excitatory cytokines to inhibitory ones and serves as an antioxidant.* Unfortunately, the heat shock response to stressors of all kinds decreases with age.
ETAS significantly increases the expression of HSP70 at a dosage of 100 mg elemental ETAS asparagus extract powder per day. The commercially available form of ETAS powder is 50% elemental ETAS, requiring a dosage of 200 mg per day.*
In a study, participants who took 300 mg of ETAS daily for a week had three times the levels of heat shock protein HSP70 released, which is important since HSP protects our cells from stress-caused damage.*
In another study, healthy males who took ETAS showed an 80 percent reduction in cortisol levels (a stress protein) when compared to the placebo group and 2.5 times less expression of the psychological stress marker, chromogranin A, leading to better sleep.*
This is important, since getting enough sleep is vital for optimal mental functioning, too. In addition to research showing beneficial effects on mood, cellular studies have shown that ETAS supports overall brain function and improved mental focus.*
Other research found stress response improvements in the autonomic nervous system in people who took ETAS.*
ETAS is upcycled, dairy-free, Kosher, Halal, Self-Affirmed GRAS and Non-GMO.