Updated 2/27/22. StressBalls gummies are designed to help you de-stress, relax, focus better and get to sleep faster. Made by Proctor & Gamble, Stress Ball gummies are gaining popularity among those who don't like swallowing pills and those looking for natural solutions to life's problems. So, do they really work? In this StressBalls gummy review, you'll discover the ingredients and research as well as their pros & cons and potential side effects.
To help you compare, are the ingredients in all 3 De-Stress gummies side-by-side. These come from the Supplement Facts labels.
|StressBalls RELAX||StressBalls FOCUS||StressBalls SNOOZE|
|25 calories||25 calories||25 calories|
|total carbs 6 g||Total carbs 5 g||Total carbs 6 g|
|Total sugars 5g||Total sugars 5 g||Total sugars 5 g|
|Added sugars 5 g||Added sugars 5 g||Added sugars 5 g|
|Sodium 15 mg||Sodium 15 mg||Sodium 15 mg|
|Relax Herbal Blend 230 mg composed of:||Focus Herbal Blend 145 mg composed of:||Melatonin 2 mg|
|Ashwagandha||Ashwagandha||Snooze Herbal Blend 230 mg Composed of:|
|Lemon balm||Green tea extract||Ashwagandha|
|Panax ginseng||Sage leaf extract||Chamomile|
All 3 types of gummies contain ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). This tells us it's important to all 3 De-Stress supplements. Ashwagandha has been used in India since at least 6000 BC and rumored to have a variety of effects on the body ranging from an all-purpose aphrodisiac to reducing arthritis pain. Some studies have suggested ashwagandha may reduce stress and help insomnia too.
Ashwagandha & Insomnia Research (video)
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Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis) has been shown to help ease stress when given to people at a dose of 600 mg per day. This is more than the amount of lemon balm found in StressBall Gummies. In another study, the combination of lemon balm and valerian (600 mg combination of both) was effective at reducing stress in healthy individuals.
StressBalls Snooze contains German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). In one study 400 mg of chamomile, taken twice a day was shown to improve sleep in elderly persons. This is in contrast to another investigation showing chamomile (540 mg a day) was not effective for people with insomnia. Two StressBalls Snooze gummies contain 230 mg of 5 different ingredients including chamomile.
Various studies have demonstrated lavender may help anxiety disorders in some people. In one investigation lavender oil was shown to be as effective at helping generalized anxiety disorder as an anxiety medication. This particular study used 80 mg of a lavender oil extract called Silexan. Inhaling lavender has also been shown to help younger people sleep better and deeper too.
Garden sage (Salvia. Officinalis), also called common sage, whose name means “to heal” is rich in polyphenols such as rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid, and thujone. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in memory. Cholinesterase is the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. Studies suggest garden sage can inhibit cholinesterase, thereby leading to an elevation of acetylcholine levels. In theory, this may lead to memory improvement.
In a study, of 30 healthy young people, 300mg and 600 mg of garden sage were shown to improve mood, alertness, and anxiety levels after 1 week of use. In another study involving people in their 70s, garden sage was also shown to improve memory and attention span when given at a dosage of 333 mg. In a 4 month-long trial of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, people taking 60 drops of garden sage extract performed significantly better on dementia tests than those taking a placebo.
Only the Snooze StressBalls supplement has melatonin. Melatonin is made in the pineal gland in the brain and is both a hormone and antioxidant. Melatonin production is enhanced by a dark environment and inhibited by light. Various studies have documented melatonin can help insomniacs get to sleep faster. Some studies note melatonin may help people sleep about 20 minutes faster than usual.
In a review of 19 previous investigations, it was concluded melatonin increases total sleep time and improves overall sleep quality. It also does not appear to be habit-forming. Two of the Snooze gummies have 2 mg of melatonin. This is similar to the dosage used in some clinical trials.
The name Panax literally means “cure-all.” Panax ginseng is a popular adaptogenic herb used for many reasons around the world for at least 5000 years. Panax ginseng can refer to either Korean ginseng or American ginseng. That said, StressBalls Relax uses CA Meyer ginseng which means they use the Korean variety. Active ingredients in ginseng are said to be “ginsenosides” (ginseng saponins) because plants have thousands of compounds. pinning its active ingredient down to one or two things is probably short-sighted.
CA Meyer ginseng has been shown to be a potent antioxidant, raising levels of glutathione in healthy people when a dosage of 2 grams per day was sued. CA Meyer ginseng was also shown to raise glutathione levels and reduce fatigue in people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. In another study, involving 50 “tired healthy” people, CA Meyer ginseng reduced stress and improved memory and attention better than a placebo. The dosage used in this study was 418 mg taken twice a day.
Who Makes StressBalls?
Proctor & Gamble. Proctor and Gamble is a global company that has been in business since 1837. While originally a soap company, today Proctor and Gamble is behind many well-known household items such as Tide, Mr. Clean, Pampers, Metamucil, Gilette, and Bounty paper towels to name a few. The company is located at Procter & Gamble Company, 1 P&G Plaza Cincinnati, OH 45202.
To contact Proctor & Gamble customer service, call 513-983-1100.
How Much Do StressBalls Cost?
Generally between $13 and $15 for a bottle that has 46 gummies. You can purchase the gummies at many local stores including Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Kroger as well as on Amazon too.
How Do You Take Them?
The company suggests taking the De-stress Relax supplement as needed. They also recommend taking De-stress & Snooze 30 minutes before going to bed. Take The Relax and Snooze supplement at least 6 hours apart. Take only 1 dose of De-Stress Snooze within a 24 hour period.
What About StressBalls Sodium?
A serving of 2 gummies only has 15 mg of sodium. This is less than 1% of the recommended daily sodium intake. Most Americans are advised to consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium per day, due to its connection to high blood pressure. While over 90% of Americans exceeded this recommendation, the small amount of sodium in StressBalls will have little impact on your total daily intake of this mineral.
Stress Ball vs Goli Gummies
The popular Goli Gummies brand of supplements has a version that also contains ashwagandha. How does Goli compare to StressBalls? While researchers have not yet compared these supplements to each other, two Goli gummies have 300 mg of KSM-66 ashwagandha root extract. KSM-66 is a proprietary ashwagandha supplement produced by Ixoreal Biomed.
Several studies have documented the effectiveness of KSM-66 at easing stress, and helping memory in people with mild cognitive impairment. Goli Gummies have 4 grams of added sugars which is 1 gram less than StressBalls.
How Does It Compare to Relaxium Sleep?
Relaxium Sleep is touted on TV by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as being an effective natural sleep aid. Both Stress Balls and Relaxium Sleep share some common ingredients but there are also different ingredients too. Researchers have not compared these supplements to each other.
For more info see the Relaxium Sleep review.
StressBall Gummy Side Effects
So, are stressball gummies safe? Proctor & Gamble says they are considered safe when taken as directed. While no serious side effects are known, it's wise to start with less than recommended for the first week. Also, speak to your doctor first if you:
- are pregnant or nursing
- about to have surgery
- are under 18 years of age
Some other points to consider include:
- Don't take more than is recommended on the supplement label
- Only take 1 dose of De-Stress Snooze within a 24 hour period
- Some research suggests ashwagandha might interact with diabetes and autoimmune disorders like hypothyroidism
- Only take melatonin when you have trouble sleeping
- In theory, some ingredients may interact with dementia medications
- Melatonin may interact with blood pressure medications
Reviewing online testimonials, some people commented the gummies didn't taste well – although to be fair, others have said just the opposite. As for whether they really worked or not, some have said yes while others have said no. This goes to the complex natures of stress, memory, focus, and insomnia.
De-Stress Gummies Pros & Cons
|Made by a very well known company||Some dosages are less than that used in studies|
|Ingredients make sense||No research on StressBalls themselves|
|Not many ingredients|
Do StressBalls Really Work?
It's difficult to say for sure if StressBalls work, although the ingredients do make sense from a De-stress perspective. Probably a better question to ask is whether they work for everybody? Looking at the words of those who made verified purchases on Amazon, many comments, -although not all – are positive. The fact that ashwagandha is found in all three versions of StressBall De-stress Gummies, tells us it's a key ingredient. Could ashwagandha by itself reproduce many of the effects as Proctor & Gamble Stressball gummies? It's an interesting question that has yet to be put to the test.