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Oh, Darn! Calms Forte Apparently Has Gluten In It!
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Darn! Just found out on the Hyland's Calms Forte website that the natural sleep aid, Calms Forte, which I've been using apparently has GLUTEN in it. :-(

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Darn! Just found out on the Hyland's Calms Forte website that the natural sleep aid, Calms Forte, which I've been using apparently has GLUTEN in it. :-(

Quote from Hyland's site:

"Does Calms Fort

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Oats themselves do not contain gluten, but they often are highly contaminated with gluten in various ways. Also, some people with Celiac are still sensitive to gluten free oats, but some seem to be fine as long as they are specified as gluten free.

Something you can look into trying for a natural sleep aid is melatonin, which is something that our bodies are supposed to produce naturally when it is time for our body to prepare for sleeping. Melatonin is a hormone and sometimes for whatever reason our bodies won't produce enough of it, so it could help you sleep.

You could also go to your local health food store and look at the medicinal teas (as well as other supplements), I know I have seen some that are supposed to help with sleep, but i can't remember the names at the moment.

Hi, gary'sgirl,

Thanks for your reply. I have tried Melatonin in the past, but it tends to give me a headache; apparently it crosses the blood-brain barrier and maybe that's why it gave me a headache, not sure.

A tea that is helpful is chamomile; chamomile is included in Calms Forte tablets. (Also passion flower and hops, along with the oats.)

Hyland's also makes another tablet called, appropriately enough, "INSOMNIA," and I'm still not sure if it's safe for me to take, with glaucoma and gluten-sensitivity. Jury's still out on that one. (It contains Hyoscyamus Niger [also called stinking nightshade or black henbane], Ignatia Amara [seed pods of the St Ignatius' bean tree], and Kali Phosphoricum [Potassium Phosphate].) "INSOMNIA" does not seem to leave a hangover feeling in the morning, which is nice. It's a sublingual tablet you put under the tongue and tastes pleasant. So will research it further and if I learn anything relevant to Celiac/Gluten intolerance, will post here.

P.S. Here's a link that describes info about chamomile:

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/Chamomile.htm

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