Stress is a word that much too common in modern society. Whether it’s traffic, a deadline at work, or the loss of a loved one, the physical, mental and emotional strain can be very taxing on our bodies. When stress is prolonged and we do not have coping mechanisms in place, it can impact our quality of life. One may suffer emotionally from anxiety and depression, and also physically from muscle tension, headache, and fatigue.
Since the days of antiquity, herbs have played a valuable role in the maintenance of optimal health. The stress response begins in the Central Nervous System and there are well studied herbs that nourish, enhance, and protect this area.
Cyracos® Lemon balm extract increases the availability of GABA in the brain, which acts to reduce stress-related symptoms by up to 72% in clinical trials (A natural anti-stress solution: Cyracos®, a traditional ingredient with science behind, 2007).
Ashwagandha is traditionally used in Ayurveda as rejuvenating tonic. It’s an adaptogen that controls the stress response by reducing cortisol, the “stress” hormone, allowing adrenals to quickly return to normal while reducing anxiety.
Rhodiola is also an adaptogen that improves mental performance by maintaining balanced hormonal levels in the brain.
Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that exerts a profoundly relaxing effect by increasing alpha brain waves, which is commonly present in our relaxed state and promotes healthy mood balance.
5-HTP or 5-Hydroxytryptophan is a naturally-occurring amino acid that helps promote a feeling a calm while balancing the hormonal imbalances caused by chronic stress.
Choline and Inositol, also known as “brain food”, it helps to maintain proper brain and stress response function.
Allspice, Cloves, and Cinnamon are aromatic spices that have also been proven to combat stress. They carry anti-inflammatory properties, and also have calming effects. Cinnamon in particular helps balance irregular blood sugar levels that are brought on in stressful situations.
Dr Nutrition Stress Formula is a well rounded remedy that can be taken everyday to strengthen our bodies stress centres and prevent the toxic effects that stress can pose on our bodies.