Luden’s Melatonin Soothers have been discontinued, leaving many acolytes of the once-popular cough drops wondering where to buy alternatives that have similar ingredients in lozenge form. One option is Kindroot Snooze, a lavender vanilla-flavored lozenge that combines the sleep benefits of melatonin and ashwagandha without the artificial ingredients found in Luden’s. The following compares Kindroot Snooze to Luden’s Melatonin Soothers to help you decide whether to try this alternative.
Luden’s Melatonin Soothers vs. Kindroot Snooze: Quick comparison
Compare Luden’s Melatonin Soothers to Kindroot Snooze at a glance. Scroll down for more detailed information.
|Luden’s Melatonin Soothers||Kindroot Snooze Melatonin Lozenges|
|Active Ingredients||Melatonin (1mg)||Melatonin (3mg)
Natural and artificial flavors FD&C Red No. 40 (synthetic dye)
FD&C Blue No. 1 (artificial dye)
|Organic rice syrup
Natural flavors (lavender & vanilla)
|Flavor||Honey Lavender||Lavender Vanilla|
|Calories||10 per lozenge||10 per lozenge|
|Made with Organic Ingredients||No, has artificial ingredients||Yes|
Melatonin was the active ingredient in Luden’s Melatonin Soothers, and it’s one of two active ingredients in Kindroot Snooze. Melatonin has long been indicated as a sleep aid that can help with insomnia, jet lag and sleep disorders (Mayo Clinic).
Melatonin Soothers only contained 1mg of melatonin, but Kindroot Snooze has 3mg, making it a more potent alternative that delivers more melatonin without increasing sugar or adding artificial ingredients.
Kindroot Snooze also contains 2mg of the organic adaptogen ashwagandha (withania somnifera root extract, also known as winter cherry). Adaptogens are plants and mushrooms that can help alleviate stress, fatigue and anxiety (Cleveland Clinic). Ashwagandha has been shown to relieve stress, calm the mind and improve sleep quality.
In one double-blind study, participants were given either daily doses of ashwagandha or an identical placebo and monitored for eight weeks. The group that received ashwagandha exhibited lower cortisol levels and Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) scores – indicating a reduction in stress and anxiety – and significantly improved sleep quality (National Library of Medicine).
In addition to melatonin (1mg), Luden’s Melatonin Soothers ingredients included sugar (2g sugar of 3g total carbs), corn syrup, water, honey, and natural and artificial flavors. They also contained FD&C Red No. 40, a synthetic dye that is generally considered safe – however, that safety is questioned by consumer advocacy groups that cite evidence it can cause allergic reactions and migraines. Soothers also contained FD&C Blue No. 1, another artificial dye that could cause allergic reactions.
In comparison, Kindroot Snooze does not have artificial colors or flavors. Snooze lozenges are vegan and made with melatonin (3mg) and organic ingredients: organic ashwagandha (2mg), organic rice syrup (2g sugar of 3g total carbs) and natural flavors.
Flavor and form
Luden’s Melatonin Soothers featured a honey lavender flavor that tasted sweeter than Kindroot Snooze, which has an herbal, lavender-forward flavor with subtle sweetness from vanilla. Like Luden’s cough drops, Kindroot Snooze is sold in lozenge form.
Kindroot Snooze has just 10 calories per lozenge, the same as Luden’s Melatonin Soothers.
Kindroot: A vegan alternative made with organic ingredients and natural flavors
If you relied on Luden’s Melatonin Soothers to help you fall (and stay) asleep, you might want to try Kindroot Snooze.
While both lozenges have melatonin, Kindroot has a stronger dose and features ashwagandha, which studies have shown improves sleep quality. Thus, Kindroot Snooze not only helps you get to sleep, it can help you sleep better and wake feeling more refreshed and energetic.
Unlike Luden’s, Kindroot lozenges have no artificial colors or flavors. Snooze is vegan, made with organic ingredients and only uses natural flavors such as lavender and vanilla.
If you loved Luden’s Melatonin Soothers and you’re dismayed that it’s discontinued, Kindroot Snooze could be the better, more effective, healthier alternative you’ve been seeking.
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