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Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD

The Beginners Guide to Stress & Anxiety Supplements

We all experience occasional stress or anxiety. While everyone has their own unique stressors, the most common themes center around daily life: work pressure, family, health, finances, and interpersonal relationships.

According to The American Institute of Stress, around 77% of people experience stress that affects their physical health, and 48% experience stress that negatively impacts their sleep [1]. Not to mention that anxiety disorders are considered the most common mental health issue in the US, with around 18% of Americans being affected each year! [2]

With these statistics, it’s essential to find effective and healthy ways to relieve stress and soothe anxiety. Luckily, many different natural supplements help support resilience to physical symptoms and enhance stress management. Most of these dietary supplements promote a healthier stress response.

Remember that supplements are not a treatment or cure for any disease or condition but can help support the body's natural processes.

 

What is stress & anxiety?

Stress and anxiety can result from many potential causes, both physical and psychological. 

Stress should be an “acute” response, meaning it is present during a distressing event but naturally subsides shortly after the situation is over. However, chronic stress has become a modern-day epidemic. It is classified as consistent stress levels that don’t diminish for an extended period, leading to adverse health consequences. 

The terms stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, and while they may share many of the same symptoms, they’re actually different. Stress is considered a response to an external threat (think a deadline for work or driving on an icy road!). In contrast, anxiety usually has an internal origin, persisting even after a stressful situation has passed, and is generally characterized by prolonged feelings of worry, a sense of impending danger, nervousness, panic attacks, and other physical effects.

 

 

How does stress & anxiety affect the body?

When you feel stressed or anxious, your body activates the sympathetic nervous system - also known as the “fight or flight” response. This response happens automatically and has evolved to help you survive when in danger and react quickly in a threatening situation. However, the body can also initiate this response to non-life-threatening conditions like work, family issues, or taxes!

When the fight or flight response is activated, it triggers a cascade of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which result in a series of physiological changes that increase your oxygen intake, pump blood to your muscles and give you a quick burst of energy so you can either run away or confront the threat head-on. 

 

Some of these physical responses include:

  • Raised blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Release of stored glucose into the blood
  • Reduced blood flow to the GI tract

Our bodies are well equipped to handle short-term, occasional stress. However, if the stress response keeps on firing day after day and becomes chronic, it can have detrimental effects on our physical and mental health by increasing the risk of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Inflammation
  • Poor sleep 
  • Arterial deposits
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Digestive issues
  • Headaches

... And more!

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Some of us may handle stress quite well and even find it helps boost our productivity - while others are more sensitive to its harmful effects and feel more easily overwhelmed. For those who need the extra support, nutritional and herbal supplement additions can make a positive difference. At NutriRise, we’ve curated a collection of research-backed supplements to provide natural support for the symptoms of stress & anxiety. 

Let’s take a closer look!

 

 

Understanding the supplements

Ashwagandha Root 1300mg & 1950mg

Ashwagandha root is an ancient ayurvedic herbal remedy known for its “adaptogenic” qualities, meaning it helps to support balanced stress response and overall vitality. Our Ashwagandha Root: 1300mg and Ashwagandha Root: 1950mg supplements are standardized to ensure they contain the most bioactive constituents, known as withanolides, for maximum results.

 

Symptoms that Ashwagandha Root may support:

  • Chronic Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

 

What does the research say?

Multiple clinical trials have demonstrated the powerful effects of Ashwagandha. 

For example, a randomized controlled trial found that eight weeks of Ashwagandha supplementation significantly reduced cortisol levels and all other stress assessment scales - not to mention better sleep! [7]

Another study in 60 people found that taking just 240 mg of Ashwagandha extract daily for 60 days significantly decreased anxiety symptoms and lowered stress hormone levels. [8]

 


Ashwagandha Gummy +

Our Ashwagandha Gummies are perfect for anyone wanting the stress-relieving benefits of Ashwagandha root in the yummiest gummy form with the added health benefits of Zinc and Vitamin D!

 

Symptoms that Ashwagandha Gummies may support:

  • Chronic stress
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Low immunity

 

What does the research say?

Multiple clinical trials have shown that Ashwagandha may naturally lower stress hormone levels, stress scores, and anxiety symptoms. [9] [10]

Another double-blind, randomized controlled trial further examined the effects of Ashwagandha on sleep and found that supplementation shortened the time it took to fall asleep and enhanced sleep quality. Participants also experienced improved mental alertness - another bonus since stress and anxiety can often negatively affect concentration and focus! [11]

 

 

Magnesium Bisglycinate

Magnesium is the ultimate mineral for relaxation and is essential for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. Magnesium is beneficial when muscle tension and cramps are present alongside stress and anxiety symptoms. Our Magnesium Bisglycinate supplement is chelated for enhanced absorption and rapid results.

 

Symptoms that Magnesium may support:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue & weakness
  • Low mood
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines 

 

What does the research say?

A systematic review of clinical trials focusing on Magnesium supplementation found that the current evidence suggests a beneficial effect of Magnesium on subjective anxiety levels. Research indicates that these benefits may result from Magnesium’s influence on the stress response and neurotransmitter known as GABA, which is responsible for feelings of calm and well-being. [12]

Headaches and migraines are commonly associated with stress and tension. Researchers found that using a Magnesium supplement could significantly reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. [13]

 


DIM Complex & DIM Gummy +

DIM, also known as diindolylmethane, is a potent compound derived from cruciferous veggies. Its potential mood-supporting and anxiety-relieving benefits stem from its effect on hormonal balance, promoting healthy estrogen metabolism. You can choose between our high potency DIM Complex or delicious DIM Gummies.

 

Symptoms that DIM may support:

  • Anxiety related to hormonal imbalances
  • Common hormonal complaints like PMS
  • Estrogen dominance

 

What does the research say?

Studies have shown that DIM may help promote a healthier ratio of estrogen metabolites in the body while also supporting detoxification pathways for holistic hormonal balance, which plays an essential role in mental health. [14] [15]

While studies are currently lacking demonstrating the direct benefits of DIM on anxiety and stress, its effect on estrogen, combined with anecdotal evidence, suggests it can positively support mood and promote calm in those where a hormonal imbalance may be at play. 

 


Vitamin K2 + D3 Complex & AdaptoZen Vitamin D3 + K2 Drops

Vitamin D3, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is essential for overall health and plays a significant role in mood. Our Vitamin K2 + D3 Complex and AdaptoZen Vitamin D3 + K2 Drops are formulated for maximum absorption and contain Vitamin K2 to ensure the safe and effective delivery of calcium to bones. 

 

Symptoms that Vitamin D3 may support:

  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Weakened immunity

 

What does the research say?

Low Vitamin D levels have been linked to mental health complaints like low mood, depression, and anxiety [16] [17].

Vitamin D3 appears to impact mood and anxiety levels by regulating serotonin and dopamine, two essential neurotransmitters involved in feelings of well-being, happiness, and sleep [18] [19].

 


Limitless Focus Advanced Nootropic

High stress and anxiety disorder can impact concentration, making our Limitless Focus Advanced Nootropic supplement an essential for anyone struggling in this area. Adaptogenic herbs like Bacopa Monnieri and essential B Vitamins offer powerful support for typical stress-related challenges!

 

Symptoms that Limitless Focus may support:

  • Chronic stress
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Brain fog & poor memory

 

What does the research say?

A randomized controlled trial found that after 12 weeks of supplementation with Bacopa Monnieri extract, study participants had lower scores of anxiety and depression. [20] 

A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that supplementing B Vitamins significantly benefits those dealing with stress. [21] More specifically, another study showed that supplementing with a B Vitamin Complex for 90 days could lower work-related stress and enhance mood! [22]

 

 

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has helped you make the right NutriRise supplement choice based on your unique needs and that you’ll soon be on your way to a less stressed, calmer, and happier you! 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer advocate team at hello@nutririse.com!

Note: This article is for informational purposes only and not intended for use as medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any dietary supplement. 

Zaheera Swing
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD
As a qualified Nutritional Therapist (BSc Hons Nutritional Science + NTPD), Zaheera Swing has a deep passion for restoring balance and harmony to the body through the modalities of nutritional science, herbalism, and holistic lifestyle practices. Using the functional medicine model coupled with wisdom from ancient paradigms, she aims to provide insight into the underlying root causes of poor health and the holistic tools we can harness to enhance the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.
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