WBZ Boston News consulted Dr. Catherine Ulbricht, co-founder of Natural
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While the safety and effectiveness of these products have not been rigorously tested, some of their ingredients, such as melatonin, have been shown to offer benefits in human studies.
The drinks have been gaining popularity. The number of companies that make relaxation drinks has grown from two to 50 in the last few years.
However, Dr. Ulbricht cautions that these products may not be safe for everyone. "If you have a predisposition to liver disease and are on medications that might affect the liver, then kava, which is also in some of these drinks, might not be the best for you,” Dr. Ulbricht told WBZ Boston News. The drinks are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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