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A Dietitian’s Review of Nello Super Calm Drink Mix

Have you seen the Nello Super Calm drink mix all over TikTok? It claims to help promote relaxation, better sleep, and even reduce cortisol levels. But I’m sure you’re wondering if it’s really worth the craze and cost? 

As a registered dietitian, who specializes in PCOS and hormone health, I get asked about products like this all the time. 

In this blog post, I’m diving into the nitty gritty of this supplement to give you the pros, cons, and my honest review of the Nello Super Calm drink mix.   

woman stirring nello super calm supplement into a pink drink in a glass.

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What is Nello Super Calm Drink Mix? 

Super Calm Drink Mix is a dietary supplement made by the US-based company Nello. It is a powdered mix of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that you mix with water or another liquid. All you do is pour the single-serve packet into 8oz of cold water, stir, and enjoy. It’s available in a raspberry lemonade flavor or a lemon lime flavor.

Super Calm Health Claims

The Nello website claims that the Super Calm drink mix is an adaptogenic drink that helps you feel calm, cool, and collected. It claims to be Earth’s most potent relaxation drink mix.

According to the Nello website, these are some benefits of Super Calm:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Sleep quality you didn’t know was possible
  • Adrenal health and cortisol balance
  • Clinically proven
  • Pure & 100% traceable ingredients

The company prides itself on the ingredients it uses, claiming they are organic, 100% traceable, and ethically sourced. They also claim to not use any fillers, anything artificial, no proprietary blends, and no sugars. They also state their ingredients are vegan, non-gmo, & transparent ingredient profiles you can trace back to the source.

Nello also goes as far to refer to Super Calm as “liquid anti-stress”…but can a drink really do all that? Let’s take a look at the actual ingredients. 

Nello Super Calm Supplement Facts

Here’s what’s in the Super Calm drink mix:

1. Vitamin D3 1000 IU

The first nutrient that’s in the Super Calm drink mix is vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is common, occurring in approximately 42% of US adults (1).

If you have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), vitamin D deficiencies are particularly common. In fact, 67-85% of women with PCOS are vitamin D deficient according to one study

Research has shown that having optimal levels of vitamin D can: 

  • Improve mood and depressive symptoms (2)
  • Improve menstrual cycle regulation and ovulation rates
  • Decrease glucose and insulin levels
  • Lower inflammation

The Super Calm drink mix contains 1,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D3. This is a well-absorbed form of vitamin D, however, you’ll need to be consuming this drink mix alongside a fat-containing meal to be able to actually absorb this vitamin. 

The amount of vitamin D in this drink mix is a low dose of vitamin D and may not be optimal for everyone’s needs, especially if you’re deficient. Your doctor can screen you for vitamin D deficiency with a simple blood test and advise you on supplementation if necessary. 

infographic explaining what's in the nello super calm supplement.

2. Magnesium Glycinate 100 mg

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a big role in our overall health. Recent research has found that up to 30% of the adult population has subclinical magnesium deficiency (3). For unclear reasons, many women with PCOS tend to have lower levels of magnesium than those who don’t have PCOS (4).

Although more research is needed, it appears that stress may deplete magnesium levels, leading to more stress – and a vicious cycle ensues (5). 

Magnesium has the ability to: 

This Super Calm drink mix contains 100 mg of magnesium glycinate, which is actually one of the best forms of magnesium. It’s easily absorbed and doesn’t tend to affect the digestive system like other forms of magnesium can. 

Most research studies that look at the positive effects of magnesium supplements used a dose of 200 to 600 mg of magnesium. The Super Calm drink mix provides a lower amount of the typical therapeutic dosage range.

3. L-theanine 400 mg

L-theanine is an amino acid that is naturally found in green tea, black tea, and some mushrooms. It’s known to support the nervous system and promotes calmness, sleep, and relaxation.

L-theanine may help: 

  • Reduce stress and anxiety 
  • Lower cortisol levels
  • Improve mental alertness and focus
  • Increase immunity
  • Lower inflammation

The L-theanine dosage used in research studies was typically 200 to 400 mg daily. The Super Calm drink mix provides the higher end of that range. 

Although L-theanine does occur naturally in certain teas, it’s in much smaller amounts than what’s typically found in L-theanine supplements. There isn’t long-term safety data established for L-theanine supplements. 

infographic explaining what the nello super calm supplement does.

4. Ashwagandha Root Extract 300 mg

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb and adaptogen that’s commonly known for its ability to enhance the body’s stress resilience and improve the immune system. 

Potential benefits of ashwagandha: 

  • Reduce stress and anxiety levels
  • Lower cortisol levels
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Decreases glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and insulin levels 
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Lower inflammation
  • Improved thyroid function in hypothyroidism (improved TSH, T3, and T4 levels) 

While this all sounds great, there are some hesitations when it comes to ashwagandha. Ashwaganda does appear to be safe when taken for up to 3 months, however, we don’t have long-term research to know if it’s safe for long term periods such as several months or years. 

There are some individual case reports that ashwagandha may cause a serious health condition called thyrotoxicosis after people self-prescribed ashwagandha to themselves (6, 7). It also may increase testosterone levels in some people. 

Ashwagandha may be contraindicated for those taking certain medications, such as thyroid replacement meds, antidiabetes medications, antihypertensives, immunosuppressants, and sedatives (8).

Additionally, ashwagandha is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

For my full thoughts on ashwagandha for PCOS specifically, don’t miss this blog post: Ashwagandha for PCOS: What You Should Know.

Other ingredients in the Super Calm drink mix include citric acid, natural raspberry flavor, natural lemon flavor, organic beet root extract, and stevia leaf extract.

Ok, now that we’ve established what’s in Nello’s Super Calm drink mix, you’re probably wondering what I actually think of it. Let’s dive into some of the pros and cons of this supplement.

Pros of Super Calm Drink Mix

  • Third Party Tested. The supplement industry is not well regulated. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate or approve of any dietary supplements, their labeling, or health claims. It’s not uncommon to find supplements on the market that don’t actually have what they’re advertising inside their supplements. Thankfully, the Nello Super Calm drink mix and other supplements are third party tested for purity and quality. 

  • Convenient. Each serving is already conveniently packaged in a single-serving packet, which makes these easy to take on-the-go or travel with. 

  • Quality ingredients. All forms of the ingredients within this dietary supplement are quality forms that are easy for our bodies to absorb. 

  • Evidence-Based. While many dietary supplements make ambitious claims that are often untrue, the claims made by Super Calm drink mix do seem to be substantially supported by research studies. 

  • Vegan. This supplement meets the standards for those following a plant-based or vegan diet.

  • Easy to mix. Since it’s a powder form, there is no need to swallow pills, and it may be an easy way to get these nutrients into your daily routine.
infographic with the pros and cons of nello super calm drink mix.

Cons of Super Calm Drink Mix

  • Possibly Unneccessary. While there is research to support each ingredient in this supplement, you personally may not need all of these nutrients in the doses they’re being provided. For example, you may be able to achieve the same effects with a magnesium glycinate supplement or an ashwagandha supplement, rather than needing everything that’s provided in the Super Calm mix. 

  • Pregnancy & breastfeeding. This product is not considered safe for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

  • Medication interactions. This dietary supplement may interact with several common medications, such as thyroid replacement medications, antidiabetes medications, antihypertensives, immunosuppressants, and sedatives. Always talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements or medications.

  • Powder form. I know this was a pro, but it may be a con for you if you’d prefer to just take a pill form instead.

  • Cost. This supplement is pretty expensive, with a bag of 20 servings costing $39.95. If you take this supplement daily, it will end up costing you approximately $60 per month. 

Should I Take Nello Super Calm?

Maybe? Maybe not? The answer will be dependent upon you as an individual and your unique medical needs. 

According to research, the ingredients used in the Super Calm drink mix do have the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, cortisol, and promote better sleep and relaxation. If these are things you struggle with, this may be a good option for you. It’s available in a convenient single-serving packet that can easily be mixed into a calming cortisol mocktail too. 

cortisol mocktail in a glass with a lime wedge on the rim.

Here’s a couple of my favorite mocktail recipes you could mix it into: 

Pineapple Coconut Cortisol Mocktail

Viral Sleepy Girl Mocktail

Blackberry Lemonade Cortisol Cocktail

5 Delicious Adrenal Cocktail Recipes To Make

That said, the Super Calm drink mix is not safe for certain people such as those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking certain medications. As with any dietary supplement, you should always talk to your healthcare provider before starting it. 

If the cost is prohibitive, or if you prefer pill or capsules, you could re-create a similar formula using a combination of other products, such as these: 

Using the above products will require you to purchase a 3-4 month supply at a time, however, it will cost approximately $30 per month (compared to $60 per month for Nello Super Calm). 

infographic comparing the cost of nello super calm to equivalent products.

The Bottom Line

TikTok’s viral Super Calm drink mix is made by the US-based company Nello. It contains vitamin D3, magnesium glycinate, ashwagandha, and L-theanine. 

This dietary supplement contains high-quality ingredients and has been third party tested for quality and purity. The ingredients have been well-researched and may help to reduce stress, anxiety, and cortisol levels. It may also promote relaxation and better sleep quality. 

It is not considered safe for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking certain prescription medications. You should always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any type of dietary supplement. 

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Disclaimer: this is intended for informational purposes only. It does not substitute for or replace professional medical advice. Always consult with your medical doctor or healthcare professional before starting or stopping any medications or dietary supplements.

2 Responses

  1. Found your blog on google while researching this product and I love your review! It was clear, detailed, and informative. I also love that you appear non-biased when reviewing this product, unlike anyone on TikTok. I’ll be checking out more of your blog for sure! Thank you!

    1. Hi Alyssa, thanks for your kind words – I’m so glad you found my review helpful! -Alyssa

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