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NATURAL SOLUTION TO STRESS MANAGEMENT

Bacopa monierri†

Bacopa monierri is an herb that provides nervous system support for individuals under stress. Bacognize® is known to improve memory, learning, attention, and focus.11 It is shown to have strong regulation of mood function at the serotonin receptor.12 Bacopa offers neuroprotection and antioxidant effects to reduce oxidative stress.13

Ashwagandha Root Extract†

Ashwagandha’s strong adaptogenic properties provide several benefits for individuals that have compromised health due to extreme stress exposure. Ashwagandha’s benefits include improving stress resilience, supporting immune response, regulating the sleep cycle, supporting healthy thyroid function, and protecting against exhaustion of the nervous system.14 Ashwagandha has shown to be beneficial in supporting proper mood regulation and restoring a sense of calmness under stress.14

Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract†

Rhodiola Rosea has been categorized as an adaptogenic botanical due to its ability to increase resistance to a variety of stressors.15 Rhodiola has been studied extensively and is widely used in Eastern Europe and Asia to help support the nervous system, mood regulation, mental clarity, work performance, and the sleep cycle.15 Within the central nervous system, Rhodiola has demonstrated an ability to preserve levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study examining the effects of Rhodiola on fatigue and stress, 161 patients aged 19 to 21 years received Rhodiola twice daily resulting in a significant reduction in fatigue.16 An additional study using Rhodiola extract in students showed significant improvements in mental performance, greater mood stability, and improved sleep patterns.17

 

Eleuthero Root Extract†

Eleutherococcus senticosus has also been identified as a strong adaptogenic botanical and is widely used in China to improve general health, support memory, and endurance.18 In addition to its ability to improve stress resilience and fight fatigue, Eleuthero has exhibited immune supporting effects.19 In a double-blind study, 45 healthy volunteers received Eleuthero or placebo for 30 days. A cognitive challenge test was given to assess stress response, along with heart rate. Unlike placebo, subjects receiving Eleuthero demonstrated a 40% reduction in heart rate in response to the stressor.20 Eleuthero has also been shown to improve performance in runners. In a study on performance athletes, Eleuthero extract (2 or 4 mL) given 30 minutes prior to a race significantly reduced race time (48.7 minutes) compared to the control group (52.6 minutes).21

Author
Jeffrey Mark, M.D.

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