Herbs to relieve stress
I learn a lot from one of the Shaklee field pharmacists. He did his pharmacy schooling in the days when there was more focus on herbs than on chemicals. After that time the pharmaceutical industry seemed to have lost interest in herbs, primarily because they can’t patent (and make enough money on) natural nutrients. He has an impressive understanding about herbs and the wonderful benefits they can have for people who are looking for a more natural approach to better health.
Herbs can help you enjoy a better quality of life. Some need to be consumed every day, so that you will feel the lasting effects – and some are better utilized when taken occasionally or for short durations when you are targeting a specific health challenge. The natural remedy we are going to discuss today can be taken daily, or if you are one of the lucky ones that has only occasional stress – it can be taken on an as-needed basis. Most people can feel the effects in 30 minutes or less.
Stress is one of the #1 complaints that doctors hear about and that you might hear about in your daily conversations. The American Medical Association says that most Americans are under stress 97% of the time. So chances are that you feel stress.
The AMA also says that 100% of all degenerative disease are directly related to the stress in our bodies. Pharmacists regularly dispense prescription medications for stress such as tranquilizers and other anti- anxiety drugs.
Natural Stress Relief Solutions
There are different herbs that have anti-stress properties and that help you relax without causing drowsiness. When Shaklee makes an herbal product, their team of scientists go out and find several of these herbs, or nutrients, that will work together. That almost sounds simple but in reality, these scientists may spend years researching to find the ingredients and develop the product.
They have to secure high quality sources of ingredients, they have to get the formula ‘just right’ so that it will be absorbed by your body in a way that will product the intended effect. When you use more than one ingredient with similar properties, it can make all of the ingredients work better than any of them would work on their own.
This way that Shaklee formulates products is what I think sets them apart because people can really feel the difference in their bodies.. we get results! So what four herbs make up Shaklee’s natural stress relief herbal?
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Stress and Symptoms
Shaklee chose the 4 different herbal ingredients in Stress Relief Complex for very specific reasons:
1- L-theanine is a unique amino acid that is found in green tea that facilitates the generation of alpha waves that are associated with a relaxed yet alert mental state. It helps increase this alpha wave activity for mental and physical relaxation, and most impressively produces relaxation ‘without drowsiness’.
L-theanine may help with some other important healthy concerns like lowering blood pressure/=, improving learning performance, heightening mental acuity, promoting concentration, and acting as caffeine antagonist. It also supports the immune system, and has absolutely NO downside as a supplement. That’s not what can be said about many anti-anxiety drugs.
2-Ashwagandha is an herb that has tradition for enhancing your body’s ability to adapt to stress by diminishing both mental and physical stress and exhaustion. It has been used for more than 2000 years as a rejuvenating tonic to boost strength, stamina and vigor.
Other properties of Ashwagandha include calming you mind, countering stress and anxiety, helping you relax – again, without drowsiness.
3- Beta-Sitosterol is a a natural plant sterol that helps blunt the response of cortisol, a hormone that is produced in your body during physical stress. Chronic high levels of cortisol in your body have a negative association with long-term good health.
It also helps boost your immune function by blunting this cortisol response. Some stress in your life is healthy, though a lot of stress can be unhealthy. But it’s not the stress that is hurting the body – it’s the cortisol. Plus, common ways to relieve stress are through behaviors such as drinking, smoking or overeating that all present their own health risks.
When we are able to blunt cortisol we can tolerate stress better. Also cortisol is involved with diet -it makes your body want to store fat. The history of the way this works goes back many years and is part of the fight or flight syndrome which produces the famine effect (thus the need to store fat). This is not really the way we live now – we don’t hunt food (occasionally) and we have a lot more everyday stress in our lives today.
So by blunting cortisol you can get the side benefit of reducing your body’s desire to store fat, which makes this herb an appropriate part of a weight loss or weight management diet.
4- L-tyrosene is an amino acid that your body uses to make the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, and is important because it is related to our feeling of well-being, and scientists have discovered through studies that levels of these transmitters decline with stress.
L-tyrosene can help elevate your mood, counter depression, reduce stress, fight chronic fatigue, stimulate your libido, boost your brain function, suppress your appetite, and help reduce body fat. It may encourage your thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands to function normally. Deficiency in L-tyrosene may result in depression and reduce your ability to cope with stress.
The combination of these four herbs is a very unique formula, and the result of extensive scientific research and development to get the right balance of ingredients that work most effectively in your body. And not only does Stress Relief Complex help you relieve stress and the bad effect it has on the body, but it also helps increase alertness and give you more energy.
Who would benefit from taking a natural stress relief herb, that has no side effects, like Shaklee Stress Relief Complex?
People who would like a more natural approach to managing the stresses of everyday life working women with children, working men with children(!), anyone who is working!!, people who feel pressure with their jobs such as those that have public speaking components or demanding deadlines to meet, athletes, entertainers and anyone in the public eye who might like some natural stress relief to take the edge off. Last consideration: today more than ever, people are experiencing increased stress due to recent economic or security concerns.
To learn more about Stress Relief Complex and natural stress relief along with more alertness and energy, visit: HERBS FOR STRESS.