Stress is an unwelcome side effect of our modern lifestyle. Millions of years ago, a stress response was a lifesaver. If we saw a dangerous predator lurking not too far away, a huge jolt of adrenaline in the form of a fight or flight response would hopefully be enough to catapult us out of harm’s way. This is all well and good, but the problem comes when we experience stress on a daily basis. Over time our body is adversely affected by the stress response and we begin to develop all kinds of nasty ailments, including stomach ulcers and digestive problems.
There are lots of documented ways to beat stress, including mediation and relaxation therapies, but whilst these are all very effective, diet supplements can also be helpful in the fight against stress. So which duet supplements are most effective?
Sleep problems are a major symptom of stress related disorders. If you are stressed you probably won’t be able to sleep a wink, and even if you do manage to fall asleep, the chances are good that you will wake up at silly o’clock, wide awake and stewing over everything. Melatonin supplements are useful for people who struggle to fall asleep in the first place. If you take a Melatonin supplement about an hour before bedtime, it will gently send your body into ‘sleep’ mode.
When we are stressed, frequent headaches are the norm, if you already suffer from migraines they are likely to escalate in frequency and intensity. Luckily there are several natural supplements you can take to ease your headaches. Vitamin B6 taken in a complex with other B vitamins is useful for stress related headaches. Feverfew, a natural plant extract, is also proven to help prevent headaches, especially migraines.
Omega-3 is a potent anti-inflammatory supplement. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines, but if you don’t like fish, taking an Omega-3 fish oil supplement will provide the same benefits, without the fishy flavour. Omega-3 helps reduce painful inflammation, a by-product of stress. It also helps the joints, which again can be achy and painful if you are under a lot of stress.
Long-term stress usually leads to crippling fatigue. You are desperately tired, but no matter how much you sleep, you don’t feel rested when you wake up. Insomnia doesn’t help, but what might assist is some Indian ginseng. Ashwaghanda, also known as Indian ginseng, is a natural Ayurvedic remedy for the treatment of stress. If you take around 500mg of Indian ginseng a day, it will help your body to cope with extreme stress by reducing the levels of stress hormones flooding through your system.
Theanine is found in green and black tea. It’s a useful supplement to take if you suffer from stress related outbursts and aggressive tendencies. A daily dose of theanine will help you wind back and chill out in the face of adversity.
There are many more supplements that are useful in the treatment of stress related symptoms. For example, moringa powder can be used to treat all kinds of problems, including high blood pressure and intestinal ulcers. However, if you think you are suffering from stress, go for a check-up and rule out any more serious disorders.