Some stress is normal.
Let’s look at the difference between “good” and “bad” stress and four supplements that can help support a healthy stress response.
GOOD STRESS VS. BAD STRESS
As much as you may like to achieve a completely stress-free life, the reality is that this isn’t possible – nor is it a good idea. Some levels of stress can actually be beneficial to your health. Eustress, for example, is moderate beneficial stress. Eustress is the positive stress that keeps you excited about life, such as a thrilling roller coaster ride, a scary movie, or a first date. Starting a new job or the first day of school are also examples of eustress. Without eustress, you may become bored or feel down. Excitement and healthy challenges can lend to overall health.1Eustress is also referred to as acute stress. The body is good at recovering from this short-term stress.
On the other hand, chronic stress is prolonged and constant stress that can negatively affect your health. When stress becomes chronic, it creates a new normal in your body. Over time, chronic stress can increase your heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure, so the body has to work extra hard to keep you functioning normally.
When the body faces a stressor, it goes through general adaptation syndrome (GAS). GAS is a three-stage response to stress that involves alarm, resistance, and exhaustion. As you face a stressor – for example, an upcoming test – the body responds by increasing hormones like adrenaline which help you pay attention to the task at hand. The body resists the stressor, allowing you to feel energized and clear.
Let’s take a look at a few supplements that can help support healthy stress levels.
As one of the most abundant minerals in the body, magnesium is essential for several important bodily functions, including helping to regulate the body’s stress response.* When it comes to stress and magnesium, it’s a vicious circle. Stress depletes your body of magnesium, and low magnesium levels create more stress. Magnesium affects the part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which helps to regulate the pituitary and adrenal glands, which are responsible for your stress.2
Magnesium helps to regulate the body’s stress response, and increasing magnesium intake may help alleviate occasional stress.3
Magnesium can be found in foods such as dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, legumes, and more. However, the easiest way to ensure you are getting your daily dose of magnesium is to include a magnesium supplement in your daily routine.
MAGNESIUM SUPPLEMENTS TO SUPPORT OCCASIONAL STRESS:
Solgar® Magnesium Citrate
Solgar® Magnesium Citrate Tablets help alleviate occasional anxiety and stress.* This supplement also helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function, cellular energy levels, and bone health.* As the Gold Standard in vitamins, Solgar® uses a highly absorbable form of magnesium and is non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher!
Solgar® Magnesium with Vitamin B6
Solgar® Magnesium with Vitamin B6 Tablets combines magnesium and vitamin B6 benefits to create a complementary formula. Vitamin B6 helps support energy metabolism, while magnesium helps to alleviate occasional stress and anxiety and supports a calm and relaxed mood.* It also helps maintain proper bone health and is non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher!*
2. B-COMPLEX VITAMINS
Several B-vitamins make up the B-vitamin complex, and each plays a unique and essential role in the body’s health, including supporting energy metabolism.* You may know some B-vitamins by their numerical name (such as B12) and others by their alternative name (such as biotin).
B-complex vitamins work together to help regulate the stress response.* Each B-vitamin is essential for performing its own unique role in also maintaining proper metabolic function by helping convert food into energy.* They provide the nourishment needed for the occasional stress of daily living.*
Most B-vitamins are readily available in a balanced diet; however, the easiest way to ensure you are getting enough is to take a B-Complex supplement.
B-VITAMINS TO SUPPORT OCCASIONAL STRESS:
Solgar® B-Complex Stress Formula
Solgar® B-Complex Stress Formula Tablets offer a range of B-complex vitamins that help support a healthy nervous system, as well as 100 mg of vitamin C to help support a healthy immune system.* And, they’re vegan, dairy-free, and kosher!
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is an herb that has been used in traditional wellness practices for centuries. Ashwagandha is an example of an adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stress by restoring balance.*
Taking a quality ashwagandha supplement is the easiest way for you to take advantage of the benefits this herb has to offer.
Solgar® Standardized Full Potency Ashwagandha Root Extract Capsules
Solgar® Standardized Full Potency herbs are uniquely formulated to integrate both traditional herbalism and standardized herbal technology. To ensure consistent and reliable phytonutrient levels, we extract these important active plant compounds. Then, we blend these extracts with all of the components that occur naturally in the whole herb. The result is a potent, premium-quality standardized herbal extract with all of the synergistic and beneficial qualities found in nature. And Solgar® Ashwagandha is non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and kosher!
4. SOLGAR® STRESS & ANXIETY RELIEF
What better way to get the stress support you need than with a supplement specifically formulated to support a healthy stress response?
Solgar® Stress & Anxiety Relief combines two plant-based ingredients, KSM-66® Ashwagandha and affron® Saffron, to create a unique, plant-based supplement that helps you manage the disruptive symptoms of occasional stress and help you maintain a positive mood.*
KSM-66® Ashwagandha is the most clinically studied form of ashwagandha, the adaptogen discussed above. KSM-66® Ashwagandha has shown to help relieve occasional stress and anxiety and supports a healthy cortisol response.*
affron® Saffron has been clinically studied to help maintain a positive mood and support emotional well-being.†*
This supplement is non-GMO and gluten-free!
OTHER WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS
Get adequate sleep: When stressed, sleep is often the first thing to go. However, getting at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night can help you better cope with the effects of stress. If you struggle to get enough sleep, try Solgar® Triple Action Sleep, a unique blend of L-theanine, melatonin, and nighttime herbs. Or, explore our extensive list of sleep-promoting supplements.
Exercise regularly: Exercise releases positive endorphins in your brain, allowing you to better cope with the stress in your life.
Talk to someone: Verbally processing your emotions is a great way to relieve stress. Find a trusted family member, friend, or professional to help you work through your issues.
STRESS SUPPLEMENTS, SUMMED UP.
Not all stress is bad. Healthy lifestyle habits, such as getting adequate sleep, exercising, and taking care of your mental health, are foundational to stress support. Supplements such as magnesium, B-complex vitamins, ashwagandha, and Solgar® Stress & Anxiety can offer additional support for occasional stresses.
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