Zhou Nutrition is a major company based in Kansas City and Utah. It has been in operation since 2014 and is a subsidiary of Nutraceutical International Corporation, probably the largest nutritional supplements manufacturer in the USA. Zhou Nutrition markets health and beauty products. Source
Insomnia is a common but serious issue for many people so this supplement will seem like a lifeline, especially if you are suffering from insomnia on a regular basis. It looks like it works for many people, and it does contain a blend of ingredients which are known to promote sleep and relaxation. However, Driftoff will cause side effects and adverse reactions in many users, so you may find that it makes your sleep patterns worse. Zhou Nutritiondoes offer a money-back guarantee, and some Amazon customers have been refunded because they were not satisfied with this supplement.
Potential side effects may include skin rash, anxiety, bad dreams, wired feeling, insomnia, increased heart rate, restlessness, dizziness, headaches, heartburn, stomach pain, gas, vomiting, diarrhoea, light headedness, muscle weakness, sexual problems, increased heart rate, spaced out feeling, and decreased blood pressure.
Tryptophan supplements are also linked to a neurological disorder called Eosinophilia–myalgia syndrome (EMS).
Driftoff is not overly expensive. If you buy direct from the Zhou Nutrition website one bottle of 60 capsules (30 servings) costs $21.04.
Shipping is calculated at the point of sale and Zhou Nutrition are happy to ship to many countries outside the USA including Australia, the UK, and Europe.
If you sign up to the “subscribe and save “option the price is reduced to $19.99 and includes free shipping. We do not advise this option as auto ship agreements can be difficult to cancel.
You can also buy Driftoff via Amazon USA where it costs $21.04 per bottle of 60 capsules (30 servings). If you have Amazon Prime, shipping is free.
The problem with Driftoff is one of safety. This supplement does seem to work for many people and there is a lot of genuine positive feedback but the big issue lies in the side effects. Many customers have reported a long list of unpleasant reactions to this supplement, including bad dreams and increased heart rate and anxiety levels, and in our opinion there are just too many of these to be ignored.
The good news is that Zhou Nutrition does offer a 60-day money-back guarantee, and some Amazon customers have been pleased with this good customer service. And of course it does mean that you can try risk free. But we cannot recommend a supplement based on the possibility of getting a refund if it does not work out.
We would be very cautious about taking this supplement and with the added risk of the dangers of Tryptophan, we do not recommend Zhou Nutrition Driftoff to the Watchdog readers.
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Although we all suffer with insomnia from time to time, long-term sleep deprivation can be a serious problem. Bad sleep can cause weight gain; clinical research shows that people who are tired go for sugary snacks and high fat junk food. Long-term sleep deprivation can cause numerous health problems such as high blood pressure and heart failure, and in addition it raises the stress hormone cortisol. Sleep patterns vary from person to person but in general, adults require between 7 – 9 hours, with teenagers needing as much as 10 hours sleep to function correctly.
Zhou Driftoff contains mainly herbal ingredients which are well known for promoting sleep. These include valerian, chamomile, lemon balm, hops, and passionflower. It also contains amino acid tryptophan, GABA (gamma butyric acid), and melatonin – a synthetic version of the hormone which is important for regulating sleep patterns. Check out the ingredients tab to find out more.
Zhou Nutrition is a major supplements company that deals in many aspects of nutritional health. According to the label, the company is based in Utah, yet according to our research and Bloomberg business information, the company is based in Kansas City. The truth is that it probably operates in both places.
Zhou Nutrition sells a range of nootropic supplements. We have covered some of these before including Zhou Nutrition Neuro Peak, aimed at improving memory and cognition, Zhou Nutrition Calm Now, aimed at reducing anxiety, and Zhou Nutrition Energy and Focus.
According to the product advertising, Driftoff will;
Help adults calm anxiety, ease restlessness, and experience better sleep when they need it most! You’ll feel more refreshed and ready to face the day without the ‘hangover’ you can get from most sleep aids.
The supplement is made from “non-habit forming ingredients – even our capsules are vegetarian!”
So that, “You can expect the best sleep of your life, without worrying about side effects.”
The formula is explained,
The Team at Zhou Nutrition prides themselves in combining the ancient wisdom of Eastern herbal tradition with modern research to bring customers superior, synergistic herbal blends.
There is also a money-back guarantee on offer, should you not like this supplement.
Many customers have not experienced the best sleep of their lives. Some people have reported side effects such as increased anxiety, nightmares, a spaced out feeling, and physical issues such as increased heart rate.
However, the main issue with this supplement is more serious and is related to the inclusion of 100mg of L tryptophan. L Tryptophan is an essential amino acid which means that the body needs it, but is only obtainable from food. It is present in animal and plant proteins such as eggs, turkey, and Brazil nuts, and one of its roles in the body is to help the manufacture of the sleep hormone melatonin and also serotonin, the hormone that affects mood.
The problem with taking tryptophan in supplement form, where levels are much higher than you would find in dietary sources, is that although it may help you get to sleep and improve mood, it seems unsafe. It is linked with numerous side effects including causing a neurological condition called Eosinophilia–myalgia syndrome (EMS) a sometimes fatal flu-like condition. EMS is caused by the ingestion of L-tryptophan and is a newly recognised illness. Tryptophan was widely prescribed and widely taken as an OTC anti depressant throughout the 1980s. There have been questions asked about possible contamination during the production process, but the fact remains that this ingredient does come with potential risks.
Otherwise the ingredients profile looks effective. The herbal ingredients especially valerian, hops, and chamomile are all well known natural sleep aids. Taking Melatonin in supplement form at the levels contained in this supplement can also be effective.
Overall, it seems that Driftoff may be effective for some users but does come with some risks.
Serving size is equal to 2 capsules.
Driftoff may cause side effects and some customers have mentioned these, including:
Tryptophan may cause:
Tryptophan supplements are also linked to a neurological disorder called Eosinophilia–myalgia syndrome (EMS
Passionflower can also cause addition problems such as:
Hops can act like oestrogen in the body, so you should probably avoid if you have or have had any hormonally related health issues such as breast cancer.
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Speak to your physician first if you have an underlying medical condition or are taking prescription medication.
There are over 2000 customer reviews for Driftoff on Amazon USA, one of the major retail outlets for this supplement. The majority of customers seem satisfied with comments such as:
Seriously helped me go to sleep and relax.
This is great. My sleep habits were really bad because I rarely get sleepy. Not any more. In about 40 minutes I have to go to bed and asleep in less than 5 minutes.
“Holy hell. This stuff WORKS. I’ve had sleep issues on and off forever and ever. Pharmaceuticals have been my only relief, but even they don’t always work, so it’s a crapshoot… It’s freaking amazing how well it works. If you have trouble sleeping, buy this now and enjoy those sweet, sweet dreams.”
However, there is a high percentage of less favourable reviews.
Some customers have mentioned side effects including nightmares, such as this man:
Drift Off consistently gave me the worst nightmares I’ve ever had. I was taking this for six months, 1-2 capsules per night every night. I never expected that this was the cause of the nightmares, where I’d wake up screaming in a cold sweat. It took two doctors and a therapist to analyze my diet, medications, and life events before narrowing down two ingredients as the root cause: tryptophan and melatonin.
This woman experienced a skin rash and increased anxiety.
I broke out in a very itchy rash all over my body from this product and had horrible anxiety. I see that anxiety is a listed side effect, but I had to research all ingredients myself to find how dangerous tryptophan can be. I may be allergic to one or more ingredients and my experience clearly isn’t the “norm”, but be careful!
Some customers have noticed no effects at all, such as this reviewer,
Didn’t work for me at all.
There is an advertised money-back guarantee, although there are no further details about this on the official Zhou Nutrition website. However, many customers on Amazon who have left negative reviews have been offered a refund.
You can buy Driftoff direct from the official Zhou Nutrition website. Alternatively, it is on sale via Amazon USA.