Managing stress and anxiety naturally

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Because some amount of stress and anxiety in life is unavoidable, it is good to know that there are many natural supplements available to help our bodies cope with stressful situations and some of the associated and often uncomfortable symptoms. These anxiety and stress relief supplements may include herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals and other natural ingredients.

  • Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) is considered to be an “adaptogen”, or in other words it helps the body adapt to stress. The herbal remedy Siberian ginseng may help maintain mental and physical performance, strengthen the body’s immune response and support normal energy levels during times of stress.
  • B complex vitamins are essential for various bodily functions. Most of the B vitamins are involved in the production of energy as well as the healthy functioning of our nervous system, which may be beneficial during times of stress. Several B vitamins are involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (or chemical messengers) including serotonin, gamma‐aminobutyric acid (GABA), dopamine and noradrenaline and thus play a role in the regulation of mental processes and possibly mood.
  • Lactium is a hydrolysed milk protein enriched with a bioactive peptide that may help to alleviate stress in adults, one of the most common causes of sleeping difficulties. Lactium has relaxing properties and may be a beneficial stress relief supplement to help you cope with day to day stress and related symptoms particularly in the areas of digestion, cardiovascular health, intellectual function and emotional state.
  • St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an herbal remedy popularly used for its calming action. St John’s Wort may help relieve nervous unrest and irritability andsupport emotional balance for those periods of despondency or nervousness that we all experience from time to time.
  • Sensoril is a special, standardised extract of Withania somnifera and may help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety including fatigue, flushing, loss of appetite, headache and muscle pain, palpitations, dry mouth, sleeplessness, forgetfulness, irritability and inability to concentrate, making it a valuable herbal remedy for anxiety and stress relief.
  • Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) has been used as a herbal remedy for thousands of years.1 Chamomile has a calming effect on the nervous system and may help to reduce the effects of mild anxiety and nervous tension. Chamomile may also assist with insomnia, a common symptom associated with stress and anxiety.
  • Magnesium is often included in stress relief supplements because of its important role in normal nerve and muscle function. Magnesium is required for musclecontraction and relaxation and adequate levels may help relieve muscle cramps and spasms. Plus, stress increases dietary requirements for magnesium. The combination of magnesium and vitamin B6 may also help to relieve mild premenstrual anxiety symptoms.
  • Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is also considered to be an adaptogen and may help the body cope during times of stress. Rhodiola is a valuable stress relief supplement because it helps reduce mental fatigue, may assist in the maintenance of short‐term memory function in healthy individuals and may help improve attention when fatigued from stress.

References

  1. Natural Standard, Chamomile, http://www.naturalstandard.com/databases/sports/all/chamomile.asp?#undefined,Accessed June 2013

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Published August 31, 2013
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