What does ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs do?
If you haven’t guessed it from the name ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs is a sleep supplement. Made by Vicks, this product has claims to promote:
- Deeper sleep
- Longer sleep
- Better mood
Packaging and marketing is one thing, but how effective is this supplement.
In this report, we analyze the main ingredients in this supplement along with looking at how safe it is and if it can be improved upon.
We hope this helps you to learn more about this product and sleep supplements in general.
How are the ingredients in ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs?
There’s not a lot of sedatives in here aside from the melatonin, but it can help with creating a better environment in your body to help you sleep.
Another thing we should mention is that the majority of the ingredients are in a proprietary blend.
A proprietary blend is when a supplement maker has the decision to hide the individual dosages of the ingredients in their product.
This means you don’t know how much of each ingredient you’re getting or how effective it really is overall. It can make things very confusing. One of our critiques is that Vicks need to be clearer about the dosages.
As for the ingredients themselves, there’s nothing bad really to say. It’s not so much what’s in here that’s our issue – it’s what is missing.
Here’s our full write up:
This is the first ingredient in ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs, and arguably the main one in this supplement.
Melatonin is your body’s natural sleep hormone. It has a sedative effect and can help you to get to sleep much easier.
Not only that, it can help improve your body’s overall consistency across sleeping patterns. It gives you a healthier more reliable sleep, and vastly improves the quality of it.
This is a good choice for this supplement. However our concern is that it may not be natural melatonin. Most melatonin used in modern supplements are usually artificially made. This isn’t too much of an issue, but it can reduce the overall effect of the hormone when you’re comparing it to the real thing.
There are plenty of natural options ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs could choose to help boost your melatonin levels. Tart Cherries are usually a good bet as they contain a good amount of the sleep hormone. L-Tryptophan would be good choice as well as it is converted into melatonin after you supplement it.
Now we get into the proprietary blend. From here on in, the dosages are unknown.
You’ll have seen this ingredient before. Usually portrayed on the boxes nighttime teas – it is the poster child for sleep-inducing beverages.
But how well does it actually work?
Chamomile’s main power comes from a component in it known as Apigenin. This is what helps ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs.
Once you consume Apigenin, it can help to promote your overall levels of calmness and relaxation. In addition it can also help to reduce anxiety.
Technically it’s not a sedative, so it doesn’t actively put you to sleep. However, it can get you in the right mindset that will help you drift off once you get into bed.
This is a failed nootropic (brain booster) which has found its true home in the sleep supplement industry.
When Lemon Balm was first used in supplements, there were various claims that it could help to improve cognition. However, further study went on to show that this was not actually the case and it didn’t help in any cognitive capacity.
So, what good is it in ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs?
What these studies did find however, is that Lemon Balm is good at reducing your stress levels and anxiety. Lemon Balm could also manifest a better sense of calm and relaxation.
Again, like Chamomile, it isn’t a sedative, but it gives your body a lot to work with when it comes to establishing a sleep-ready mood.
This is another mood-boosting ingredient in ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs that will have some positive effects.
Valerian is another ingredient that you usually see in nighttime teas. There’s a lot of promising studies which shows it can help here.
Reports show that supplementing Valerian can help promote calmness and relaxation. Like with some of the other ingredients in this supplement, it can also help to reduce your anxiety levels.
It’s not a sedative, but as we’ve discussed before, it’s another ingredient that help to set you in a mood that encourages sleep.
It’s not often that we see Lavender in a sleep supplement – and we’re glad ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs uses it.
Usually used in aromatherapy as an essential oil, many people don’t realize that you can also supplement lavender.
Like most of the ingredients in ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs – it is not a sedative. However, Lavender supplementation has been seen to help reduce insomnia and improve sleep quality once you drift off.
It also helps reduce anxiety, blood pressure and body temperature – all of which can help move your body into a more sleep-friendly state. Always refreshing to see supplement companies using Lavender in their products.
Ingredient Profile Summary
There are some good ingredients here, only one sedative with the Melatonin, but the other ingredients are good for achieving a sleep-ready state.
Our first issue with ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs however is the proprietary blend. No matter what type of supplement it is, we can’t abide a proprietary set up.
You don’t know how much of each ingredient you’re getting, so it becomes difficult to know how much of each ingredient you’re getting. By extension, this stops you from knowing how effective it is overall.
Another issue is whether or not the melatonin in here is natural. There’s nothing wrong with it being artificial, it just might not be as effective as the real thing.
As we’ve mentioned, replacing it with Tart Cherry would help. Tart Cherry contains natural melatonin which ensures you’re getting a serious supply of the good stuff.
Using L-Tryptophan would be good too as your body converts it into its own melatonin – which again ensures a natural source.
In terms of extras that would help ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs, you can’t go wrong with Magnesium. This mineral helps reduce nervous muscle impulses across your body (twitches and jerks) while you sleep which helps prevent you from waking up overnight.
Little things like this would go a long way in this supplement.
Is ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs safe? Does it have side effects?
In our opinion, and factoring in the studies we read for this review, we believe you shouldn’t experience any side effects from supplementing ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs.
Even though there’s a proprietary blend, there’s no way anything in it has a high enough dose to cause problems.
That said, everyone reacts differently. If you have any concerns (and this goes for any supplement) consult your doctor before using it. Also make sure you don’t have any preexisting medical conditions which ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs could interfere with.
ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Summary
This sleep supplement does have its benefits, and there are simple touches to it like the Lavender that we really appreciate.
However, that proprietary blend is close to a deal-breaker for us. You can’t know how effective a supplement is if you don’t know how much of each ingredient you’re getting.
Vicks needs to be more upfront about what you’re getting here. We also think a few more natural sedative ingredients that promote melatonin would help too.
It’s a nice supplement, but in our opinion, it doesn’t go far enough for us.