Helpful Herbs and Supplements
to Manage Stress
Supporting a healthy stress response is an important aspect of modern life. Although our modern lifestyle maybe inescapable, the stress of it however, is manageable.
The following is a list of common herbs and nutrients used for symptomatic relief and functional support of stress.
Rhodiola and Withania are ‘adaptogen’ herbs which enhance the body’s resilience to stress.
Rhodiola has been shown to reduce both physical and mental fatigue during times of stress.
Withania can reduce the stress hormone cortisol via its effect on the adrenal glands, thereby having a protective effect in chronic stress.
The herbs, passionflower, zizyphus and magnolia have also been traditionally used in Western medicine for reducing stress, anxiety, insomnia and nervous tension.
St John’s wort is well-known for supporting healthy mood and protecting against the effects of stress.
B Vitamins are essential for energy production and may be beneficial for mental, physical and emotional health during times of stress. They are co-factors in the production of neurotransmitters and play a key role in methylation, mitochondrial function and ATP production.
Magnesium is also an important micronutrient for nervous and mental function, as it supports all elements of the stress response system (reference). Magensium can help promote the release of the inhibatory neurotransmitter GABA, which plays a role in relaxing the mind. Magnesium assists in muscle relaxation and calms the nervous system.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA from fish oil exert and anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect, along with providing support for the adrenal cortex and repairing damaged cellular and mitochondrial membrane structures.
The acute management and repair of the stress response should always be prescribed under the supervision of a qualified health professional as your presenting symptoms are highly individual. It is also very important to inform your naturopath of any medications you are taking. Some treatments can interact with each other, and your health care practitioners will be better able to treat you if they know every therapy you are using.
If you would like to find out more about how Peninsula Kinesiology & Natural Medicine can help you or a family member, we are happy to assist you in any way possible.