Category Archives: Stress

Herbs: How Do They Modulate Cortisol?

Cortisol is one of the hormones released by humans following exposure to environmental conditions that are perceived as a threat to survival. Cortisol is therefore a stress hormone, and it plays an important role in adaptation to external threats. Chronic … Continue reading

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Chamomile and Cortisol

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) belongs to the Asteraceae or daily family of plants. Chamomile is a plant that is used in traditional medicine as a calmative agent. Chamomile is able to affect the central nervous system and may improve mood and … Continue reading

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Fish Oils as Anti-Stress Nutrients

Evidence suggests that fish oil may have particular anti-stress effects in humans and animals. For example, in one study researcher administered 7.2 grams of fish oils per day to humans for 3 weeks. The subjects were then exposed to mental … Continue reading

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Docosahexaenoic Acid and Stress Hormones

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6 (n-3)) is a fatty acid found in marine algae and fish oils. Once consumed by humans the DHA is interconverted into other long chain fatty acids including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)). These fatty acids have … Continue reading

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Eicosapentaenoic Acid Reduces Cortisol

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5 (n-3)) is a fatty acid found in fish oil. Evidence suggests that fish oil may have antidepressant effects, and this may relate to the presence of EPA. Studies have investigated the effects of EPA on depression … Continue reading

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Schisandra as an Anxiolytic Herb

Schisandra (Fructus Schisandrae) is a herb that is reported to have a number of medicinal effects and may be a useful treatment for stress and mood disorders. Animal studies have investigated the effects of schisandra and shown that administration of … Continue reading

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Fish Oils May Reduce Cortisol Levels

Fish oils have a number of health effects in humans and animals. This relates to the ability of fish to deliver long chain marine fats including eicosapentaenoic acid ((EPA, C20:4m (n-3)) and docosahexaenoic acid ((DHA, C22:6 (n-3)). These long chain … Continue reading

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Phosphatidylserine Reduces Cortisol

Phosphatidylserine is a normal component of phospholipids in cell membranes. Nutritionally a good source of phosphatidylserine is soya, and many phosphatidylserine supplements are derived from soya. Evidence suggests that phosphatidylserine is able to reduce serum cortisol levels in humans and … Continue reading

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Lack of Sleep: Serious Health Effects

Obtaining enough sleep is a necessary requirement of health. The exact amount of sleep necessary will vary between individuals, but is likely to fall between 8 and 10 hours a night for most people. Children and those who are physically … Continue reading

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Stress and Fasting

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