By Lise Guénette, ND.A.
Member of l’Association des naturopathes agréés du Québec
Chronic and poorly managed stress will have inevitable negative repercussions on our health. Fortunately, there exist herbs and nutrients, which can help minimize the harmful effects of stress while helping to better adapt to it, without the side effects of medication such as (anti-depressants, anti-anxiety and sleeping pills).
Below-listed are some of the most effective and frequently recommended supplements:
Adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha, rhodiola and Siberian ginseng increase the organism’s capacity to adapt to diverse forms of stress, reinforce its resistance and stimulate its natural defence system, which generates a sense of well-being;
L-theanine, an amino acid naturally present in tea, helps promote the increase of alpha rhythm in the brain. Alpha waves generate a peaceful, “Zen-like” state of mind.
Melatonin is a hormone which helps regulate and controls our biological clock and promotes a good quality sleep. Chronic stress, menopause, jetlag, shift work and depressive states are all factors, which can effect and reduce our own secretion of melatonin.
• B vitamins, HTP-5, omega3s and calcium-magnesium are other nutrients integral to the nervous system.
To obtain durable results, one should reduce stimulants such as coffee, colas, energy drinks, alcohol and chocolate. Regular exercise and relaxation techniques are also effective methods which, helps reduce stress and allows the body to recuperate.