Stress refers to how the brain and body respond to a demand. Elevated stress symptoms can affect your health contributing to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain’s pineal gland. It works with your body’s circadian rhythm, as well as, regulates body temperature, blood pressure and hormone levels. Production naturally decreases with age. Melatonin is commonly used as a treatment for sleep disorders including jet lag and insomnia.
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, is the root extract of the Withania somnifera plant. The herb boasts a horse-like odor, hence the Sanskrit name meaning “horse-smell”. Native to India, Africa and the Mediterranean, this small, woody shrub has been prescribed in Ayurvedic medicine for over 3,000 years. It’s anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties have been used in the treatment of stress, fatigue, gastro-intestinal issues, rheumatoid arthritis, sleep disorders, as well as, topically as an analgesic.
Ashwagandha may help Stress by improving resistance; therefore, improving perceived quality of life.
L-Theanine is a unique amino acid found in the leaves of green tea, Camellia sinensis. Identified in 1949 by Japanese scientists, it is credited for the beverage’s umami taste. L-Theanine influences human brain function, creating relaxing effects and improved sleep quality.
L-Theanine may help Stress by its anti-stress and antidepressant-like effects.
Vitamin B Complex contains all eight, water-soluble B vitamins that play a key role in cellular metabolism. Including Vitamins B1, Thiamin; B2, Riboflavin; B3, Niacin; B5, Pantothenic Acid; B6, Pyridoxine; B7, Biotin; B9, Folic Acid; and B12, Cobalamin the supplement may contain 100% of the recommended daily allowance of every vitamin, however brands vary. Pregnant women, vegetarians, vegans and the elderly may benefit from supplementation.
Dietary deficiencies in micronutrients alter mood states, Vitamin B Complex may help Stress by improving perceived stress and mild psychiatric symptoms.
Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body absorbed through foods including nuts (almonds, cashews, peanuts), beans (black beans, edamame) and vegetables (spinach, potatoes). It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body helping maintain nerve and muscle function, a healthy immune system, blood glucose levels, as well as, aiding in energy and protein production.
Magnesium may help by reducing stress responses.
Rhodiola rosea, also known as Golden Root, is a perennial flowering herb in the Crassulaceae family native to the high altitude regions of Asia, Europe, and the Arctic. Eurasian traditional medicine used the roots as a stimulant; Vikings used the plant as a strength-enhancer; while today, Rhodiola rosea is used to promote good health, strength, endurance, physical and mental performance, and reduce stress-induced fatigue.
Rhodiola Rosea may help Stress by increasing the resistance to stress, exhaustion and fatigue.
Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, is a perennial herb in the mint family native to Europe. Fragrant and adored by bees, it was named melisophyllon by the Ancient Greeks, loosely translated as “honeybee leaf”. The Romans named it apiastrum or simply “bee“. Medically prescribed since the Middle Ages for stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, gastro-intestional discomfort and pain, Lemon Balm is used today for its calming effects and to treat cold sores.
Lemon Balm may help Stress by its mood modulating effects.
Kava Kava is made from the ground roots of the tropical, evergreen shrub Piper methysticum. Kava Kava’s key components are lactone compounds called kavalactones, which are known to have a psychotropic effect. Native to the South Pacific islands including Hawaii, the plant has been used for hundreds of years in a ritual drink revered for its tranquilizing properties.
Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, is a bushy, flowering plant in the mint family native to North Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean. Named from the Latin verb “lavare” meaning “to wash”, Lavender dates back to the ancient Egyptians. Due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, it is commonly used as a food flavoring, fragrance, aroma therapy, topically as an antiseptic, and orally to treat anxiety, digestion and digestive symptoms.
Lavender Oil may help Stress by its mood-stabilizing properties.
Meditation is a set of techniques encouraging a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Originating in ancient Asia, it migrated worldwide in the 20th century in the form of a religious practice. Due to its calming and relaxing effects, Meditation is used in the treatment of stress, depression, anxiety, blood pressure, pain and other mental health conditions.
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