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Just Relax: The Best Vitamins & Herbs for Stress

Key Takeaways:

  • Adaptogens are natural plant substances that help the body adapt to stress*. Ashwagandha root extract is a powerful adaptogenic herb.
  • Taking B-complex vitamins can help support nervous system health.*

Stress is an unavoidable part of life. And while it may be normal, stress can sometimes impact overall health. This is why it’s so important to learn how to manage and respond to stress effectively.

We’ll break down what exactly happens to the body when it is under stress, what adaptogens are, and how they can help, as well as the best vitamins and supplements to help with stress.

Let’s get into it.

 

 

What happens to the body during stress?

Emotional stress – like losing your job – is very different from physical stress – like breaking your leg. Not all stress is bad either. In dangerous situations, stress signals send the body into fight or flight mode, and in non-life-threatening situations, stress can motivate you to work hard. However, emotional stress can often present itself through physical symptoms, especially if it is ongoing.

When your body feels stress, it releases hormones. This process starts when the central nervous system fires up in response to a stressful situation. The hypothalamus in the brain sends a message to your adrenal glands to release stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

Your body responds by sending blood to where it is needed, including the heart and muscles. When the stress is gone, your central nervous system returns to its normal state. If the stress doesn’t go away, your body experiences chronic stress.

Chronic stress, or a constant stress experienced over a prolonged period, can contribute to long-term cardiovascular issues. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure can take a toll on the body.1 If you feel like you’re experiencing a more chronic form of stress, it is highly recommended to see a health professional for further treatment, if needed.

 

What are adaptogenic herbs, and how can they help?

Adaptogens are naturally sourced plant substances that help the body adapt to stress and normalize our bodily processes.* For plants to be classified as adaptogens, they must be non-toxic to the individual, positively affect the body, and help reduce occasional stress by helping the body adapt.

Several clinical trials demonstrate that adaptogens exert benefits against a background of stress and fatigue.2

 

What is ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is one of the most well-known adaptogens for stress. A popular herb in the Ayurvedic wellness tradition, today, we know ashwagandha helps the body adapt to stress and benefits overall well-being.*

Recent findings suggest that high-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract helps with an individual’s resistance towards stress.3

Solgar® Stress and Anxiety Relief tablets deliver 600 mg of KSM-66® standardized Ashwagandha extract. This clinically studied form of Ashwagandha provides occasional stress support by supporting a calm, relaxed mood and helping to maintain healthy cortisol levels already within a normal range.*

 

How do B-complex vitamins work?

There are eight different B vitamins, each one needed by the body for a unique purpose. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12 help to maintain a healthy nervous system.* A healthy nervous system is essential to being able to deal with stress.

Solgar® B-Complex Stress Formula with Vitamin C offers the five B-vitamins mentioned above to provide nourishment for the occasional stress of daily living and 500 mg of vitamin C to help support a healthy immune system.*

 

Other stress-management supplements

5-HTP

5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin, known as the “happy chemical” because it plays a role in mood.* Serotonin also sends messages throughout the nervous system.*

Solgar® 5-HTP combines the calming effects of 5-HTP to promote a calm and relaxed mood, vitamin B6 to support nervous system health, magnesium for its involvement in nerve impulses, and valerian root extract.*

 

Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium citrate is arguably the most common and the most celebrated form of magnesium. Compared to the other forms of magnesium – like magnesium oxide – it is superior for absorption and bioavailability. At least 300 mg of magnesium citrate per day helps support a calm, relaxed mood and helps with occasional stress.*

Solgar® Magnesium Citrate is highly absorbable and offers 420 mg of magnesium citrate per serving.

 

Lifestyle approaches for managing stress

  • Write out a to-do list: if there is a mountain of responsibilities looming over you, try writing out a detailed to-do list, and then work your way through it in small, manageable steps.
  • Meditate: centering your energy and focusing on the present moment can help you face each new day with gratitude and productivity.
  • Take care of yourself: although self-care can often be neglected when stressed, eating balanced meals, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep can make all the difference.
  • Ask for help: sometimes, we give ourselves unnecessary stress because we are too scared or proud to ask for help. Admit when you are struggling, and reach out to those around you.

 

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