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Brain zaps: do you need to worry?


Are you a seasoned raver or festival-goer? Then you’re likely familiar with ‘brain zaps’ – those sharp cranial jolts that feel like nails scratching down your brain stem. But what’s behind this grisly post-party affliction...and can they be avoided? Read on for the 411.


Data regarding brain zaps is scarce. It mostly concerns people withdrawing from SSRIs – these are antidepressants which stimulate release of the ‘happy’ transmitter serotonin (the same hormone that’s often produced during an intense night or weekend of partying).

Experts have suggested zaps could be a result of the brain reacting to this tap of serotonin being abruptly switched off. They have also been linked with lateral eye movements in people discontinuing use of SSRIs.

Thankfully, zaps are not perceived by experts to be dangerous. But can we do anything to reduce the chance of this dreaded brain buzz? Always practise self-care whilst partying – hydrate and sleep as much as the line-up allows. (But you already knew that 🙄.)

Some people posit that tryptophan-heavy foods (like eggs, tofu or tuna) afterwards might help as this amino acid is a precursor to serotonin – the boosting of which could theoretically help the dreaded zaps.

Research here is mixed, however exercise has been credited with increasing tryptophan availability to the brain. Want our advice? Head out for a gentle jog or swim, then get that butter bubbling in the omelette pan 🍳

Rebalance

Ingredients (per 1 capsule)
Quantity
RDA %
Curcumin
190mg
n/a
5-HTP (from Griffonia Seed Extract)
100mg
n/a
Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide)
50mg
313%
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal Phosphate)
10mg
714%
Black Pepper Extract
2.5mg
n/a
Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol)
25mcg
500%

Reboot

Ingredients (per 1 capsule)
Quantity
RDA %
L-Tyrosine
400mg
n/a
Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate)
150mg
2,500%
Folate (5-Methyletetrahydrate)
400mcg
200%
Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)
400mcg
16,000%
Iodine (Potassium Iodide)
100mcg
67%

Release

Ingredients (per 1 capsule)
Quantity
RDA %
Magnesium Bisglycinate
112mg
313%
American Ginseng Extract (4:1)
100mg eq.
n/a
Ashwagandha Root Extract (10:1)
100mg eq.
n/a
Rhodiola Rosea Extract (15:1)
50mg eq.
n/a

Restore

Ingredients (per 2 capsules)
Quantity
RDA %
Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate)
500mg
625%
Alpha Lipoic Acid
200mg
n/a
N-Acetyl L-Cysteine
200mg
n/a
L-Taurine
100mg
n/a
Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate)
50mg
417%
Artichoke Extract (5:1)
50mg eq.
n/a
Zinc (Picolinate)
10mg
100%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin Phosphate)
7mg
500%
Beta-Carotene
3.75mg
n/a
Manganese Bisglycinate
3mg
150%
Biotin
500mcg
1,000%
Selenium (as L-Selenomethionine)
10mcg
182%