Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that has been traditionally used in India for more than 3000 years to manage stress, anxiety, and depression and to improve cognitive health. The main ingredients are withanolides, such as withaferin A. Recently, research has shown that ashwagandha combined with exercise can lower stress levels and reduces anxiety however, more research is needed to prove its health benefits.
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is naturally present amino acid found in plants and animals. It is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in human brain, which major role is to reduce the excitability of neurons. It can be imagined for example, that GABA works as a “brake” in the brain during stress. So, less GABA more stress and the opposite. Several studies have shown that GABA may reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids that must be included in the human diet because the body cannot produce it on its own. It is crucial for a number of metabolic functions, but one particular function has caught the attention of scientists because it may improve mood and cognitive abilities. Tryptophan is a building block for serotonin in the brain, and serotonin is a known as the happiness hormone. Many studies have now found that taking tryptophan can be an effective way to reduce anxiety and increase positive mood.
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. The name describes how this vitamin is formed naturally when the skin is exposed to sunlight. So, many environmental factors influence how much vitamin D our body produces. Like any other vitamin, vitamin D has numerous functions in the body. One not that known is the regulation of the development and function of the nervous system.
Lemon balm is a lemon-scented herb native to Europe, North Africa and Central Asia, not only grown in gardens but also for its medicinal purposes. It has been traditionally used to improve cognitive health and mood. In fact, recent research suggests that lemon balm can reduce anxiety, relieve stress and improve mood. One explanations is that its ingredients can support the GABA levels in the brain. GABA is an amino acid naturally present in every human body, which works as a “brake” in the brain during stress. So, less GABA more stress and the opposite.
Rhodiola rosea is a flowering plant native to cold mountains regions of Europe and Asia. Its roots have been through history used to treat anxiety, fatigue and depression. The two most potent ingredients are rosavin and salidroside. Long term stress can contribute to fatigue and burnout. Recent studies showed that taking rhodiola daily may improve symptoms of burnout and fatigue, however more research is needed to prove its health benefits.
Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that induces relaxation in human body. Numerous research findings suggests that theanine can reduce stress and anxiety in people exposed to stressful conditions. Importantly, theanine should not be confused with theine, which is a caffeine found in tea.
Did you know that you have two brains in your body? One that you are using right now, and the other is actually your guts. Scientists called it the second brain. The human gut is lined with more nerve cells than the spinal cord, and the bacteria that reside there can produce molecules that can influence our behavior. For example, early and promising studies have shown that the probiotic L. plantarum could improve anxiety-like behaviors by increasing the two molecules of happiness (serotonin) and motivation (dopamine) in the brain.
When we eat high-fiber foods like whole grains, vegetables, nuts and fruits, we feed our good bacteria in the gut (the second brain). We want to keep these bacteria happy because they help with the digestion of food and produce hormones that make us feel good. The special type of fiber that is food for our intestinal bacteria is called prebiotics, which includes inulin. It has been shown that eating fibers is stimulating the growth of good bacteria in the guts.
One of the most important roles of vitamin B6 (also known as pyridoxine) is to maintain the health of the nervous system. Specifically, without it would be impossible for the body to make the two molecules of happiness (serotonin) and motivation (dopamine).
Vitamin B12 (also known as cobalamin) is the only one in the group of eight that you cannot get with a plant-based diet. It can be found in liver, fish, eggs, or dairy products. One of the most important roles of vitamin B12 is to maintain the health of the nervous system. Specifically, it is involved in the production of the "insulating sheath" for neurons called myelin. Neurons can be thought of as long electrical wires, and the function of myelin is to insulate the electrical signal.
Magnesium is a basic mineral known for its multiple effects in the body. One of the most important roles of magnesium is to maintain the health of the nervous system. In particular, it ensures that the transmission of signals from the nerves to the muscles functions smoothly. Magnesium deficiency is common in the general population, and symptoms range from headaches to anxiety and irritability, which overlaps with stress symptoms. Therefore, it is important to ensure adequate levels of this mineral in your body.
Due to its antioxidant properties Zinc is one of the most relevant minerals to human health. It is required by enzymes that can neutralize cell and tissues damaging molecules called “reactive oxygen species”, which are produced in stressful situations.
Matcha is a colorful green tea powder which is a great source of theanine. Theanine is an amino acid induces relaxation in human body. The great body of research suggests that theanine can reduce stress and anxiety in people exposed to stressful conditions. Importantly, theanine should not be confused with theine, which is a caffeine found in tea.
The natural vanilla flavor is obtained from the dried pods of an orchid. The unique scent of vanilla is known for its calming effect.