What Supplements Promote Relaxation & Reduce Stress?
Supplements that may help promote relaxation and reduce stress contain vitamins, minerals, extracts, and antioxidants. Some examples are:
- Certain B vitamins, such as B5, B6, and B12
- Ashwagandha (or winter cherry)
- Eleuthero (or Siberian ginseng)
- Passion Flower
- Ginkgo biloba
We experience stress when we feel overwhelmed, either emotionally or physically, and our body and mind react accordingly. Everybody experiences stress differently, and the effects of stress on the body vary greatly from person to person. Furthermore, we are all triggered by different things. Events, experiences, actions, or situations that trigger stress are known as stressors. Stress is our body and mind responding to the stressors with which we are confronted at a given time. Again, everybody responds to stress differently, with the body reacting in various ways, and to that end, everybody copes with stress differently. Some people simply remove themselves from the stressful situation, or distract themselves with a certain technique. Other people need assistance in reducing stress, and in some cases, dietary supplements may help promote a healthy response to stress. The vitamins and nutrients in certain Isotonix® products, such as the Anti-Stress Kit and L-Tryptophan supplements, work to support the body’s natural stress response.*
What Happens During Stress? The Brain’s Response to Stress
Stress is such an encompassing term - in fact, the American Institute of Stress suggests it is so highly subjective that it almost defies definition. But we are all familiar enough with our bodies to know what causes us stress, and what we need to relieve stress. To better understand how dietary supplements can help, let’s take a look at the body’s physiological reaction to stress: the stress response.
What is the Stress Response?
The stress response is our body’s initial and automatic reaction to stress. It is a sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses that helps us analyze and respond to stress. You may have heard of the “fight-or-flight” response, which began as a survival mechanism, and is the basis of our stress response. Initially a mechanism for us to react quickly to dangerous situations, our stress response is also triggered by non-threatening situations - every day occurrences that stress us out, but aren’t necessarily dangerous.
The way we respond to stress begins in the brain, when we are confronted with a situation that triggers our reaction. There are two primary parts of the brain involved in the stress response:
- Amygdala. The amygdala plays a role in the way we process emotions, and when we experience something stressful, it sends a “distress signal” of sorts to the hypothalamus.
- Hypothalamus. This portion of our brain is essentially a command center, and communicates with the rest of the body via the autonomic nervous system. There are two components to the autonomic nervous system: the sympathetic nervous system, which provides the body with a burst of energy to respond to the stressor, and the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the body after the danger has passed.
The sympathetic nervous system is activated first, sending signals to the adrenal gland in our brains to pump epinephrine into the blood. Epinephrine is a hormone that results in many of the physical changes we experience during stress. These changes happen quickly, oftentimes before we’re aware of them, and once that surge of epinephrine subsides, the hypothalamus activates the HPA axis, which is composed of the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal glands, and relies on subsequent hormones to sustain our “high alert” reaction until the stressful situation has passed.Once we’re out of the situation, or the stimulus has left, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated to calm us down. Certain supplements may impact the process of calming down, or helping us adapt and respond more appropriately to stressors.*
L-Tryptophan Supplements in Daily Essentials ‘Turn Down’ & Vitamins for Stress
Isotonix®, the world’s most advanced nutraceuticals, offers several dietary supplements that may impact the body’s response to stress. What sets Isotonix apart is our revolutionary isotonic delivery system. The nutrients in our products are delivered via an isotonic solution which, when mixed with water, mirrors the concentration of the body’s own fluids. This makes the absorption of nutrients by the body highly efficient, while delivering maximum results.* The phrase “isotonic” means same pressure, and refers to a solution that bears the same chemical resemblance as the body’s blood, plasma, and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, which is referred to as the common osmotic pressure, and this allows for a consistent maintenance of the body’s tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed by the body, it must be converted to an isotonic state, but Isotonix dietary supplements are already isotonic, allowing for efficient absorption.* Learn more about the Isotonix delivery system by watching the video above.*
Activated B Complex The Isotonix Activated B Complex, which is available individually or as part of our Isotonix Daily Essential Kit, contains the activated forms of several essential vitamins and minerals. The activated form of vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid allows for a more efficient utilization of these vitamins by the body. Activated B Complex may help maintain healthy levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that promotes mood regulation), increase energy, and help decrease stress.* This supplement contains:
- Vitamin B5, or D-Calcium Pantothenate, promotes proper neurotransmitter activity in the brain, and is also known as the “anti-stress vitamin” because it helps relieve physical and emotional stress and promotes the secretion of essential hormones.*
- Vitamin B6, or Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate, is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain and nerve cell, and may support mental function, including your mood.*
- Vitamin B12, or Methylcobalamin, promotes the formation of SAMe (S-adenosylemethionine), which has powerful mood-elevating properties.*
Our Activated B Complex also contains magnesium, the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, which supports more than 300 enzyme systems.*
The Bliss Anti-Stress Formula promotes relaxation without drowsiness, and may help your body adapt to stress, while also potentially improving mental clarity.* Bliss contains the following ingredients:
- L-Theanine. Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea, and may help promote normal levels of serotonin and Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that promotes relaxation.*
- Rhodiola. Rhodiola Roseroot contains salidroside, which may help support resistance to the harmful effects of stressors.*
- Ashwagandha. Also known as winter cherry, this Indian herb may have a relaxing effect on the body, and may also help promote normal levels of dopamine receptors.*
- Eleuthero. Also called Siberian ginseng, this ingredient may help the body adapt to stress, and may have a “balancing” effect on the body, helping the body deal with stressful conditions.*
- Passion Flower. This flower may help promote relaxation.*
- Bacopa. This ingredient may help promote cognitive performance.*
We have several ways we can help you gain energy throughout the day that include some powerful sources in addition to the Isotonix Daily Essentials ‘'Turn Up”. Additionally, this kit contains MochaTonix®, a powerful energy enhancer, and Awake Energy Shots, to provide a gradual energy boost. Each of these products contain an array of ingredients to promote energy and help decrease stress.* Specifically, Mochatonix contains:
- Rhodiola Rosea, a root that helps support the body’s resistance to stressful conditions.*
- Ginkgo Biloba, extracted from the leaves of the gingko tree, may act as a mood enhancer .*
- Korean Ginseng, also known as Panax ginseng, may help enhance physical and mental performance.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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