Category Archives: Stress

Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha): All Round Health Tonic

Withania somnifera is sometimes called ashwagandha. Withania is a herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine, and modern science has corroborated that withania has significant therapeutic potential. For example, studies show that withania possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antistress, immunomodulatory, anti-fatigue and … Continue reading

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Clitoria ternatea: Anxiolytic Herb

Clitoria ternatea is a flowering plant belonging to the fabaceae or legume family of plants. Common names for Clitoria ternatea include blue pea, Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, butterfly pea, cordofan pea and Darwin pea. The plant grows native in parts of … Continue reading

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Rhodiola rosea Root for Mental Fatigue

Rhodiola rosea is an adaptogenic herb that may have beneficial effects at treating mood disorders. Standardised extracts of Rhodiola root have been investigated for their mood elevating effects in a number of studies. These effects may come in part from … Continue reading

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Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) as a Treatment for Stress and Depression

Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum) is a succulent plant native to South Africa. Kanna is also often referred to as channa. A medicine made from kanna called Zembrin is also available. Kanna is used in traditional medicine as a treatment for both … Continue reading

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Stress, Antioxidants and Anxiety

Exposure to chronic stress is thought to be a primary driver of mood disorders. Exposure to chronic stress is thought to initiate the release of immune components including pro-inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. These cytokines are in turn then thought to … Continue reading

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The Stress, Inflammation, Free Radical Link to Low Mood

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Supplemental GABA: Relaxant and Immune Booster

The amino acid gamma aminobutyric acid is a neurotransmitter in humans. Its role is to decrease electrical activity in the brain and thus produces a calming and relaxing effect. Most foods contain low levels of GABA, but higher amounts are … Continue reading

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Stress: How Does It Cause Mood Changes?

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Insomnia and Weight Gain

Insomnia is a condition whereby the sufferer has difficulty falling asleep, suffers from diminished sleep quality, or has a reduced duration of sleep. Current estimates indicate that around 30 % of adults suffer from insomnia in Western countries. Insomnia is … Continue reading

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Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): Cognitive Enhancer?

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is an adaptogenic herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine as a general health tonic and anti-stress agent. Adaptogenic herbs are particularly useful as they allow the physiological functions of the consumer to be balanced during periods of … Continue reading

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