Feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Here are 4 natural supplements that may help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety on the mind and body:
Magnesium plays a big role in muscle, brain, and nervous system functions. It helps regulate neurotransmitters throughout your body and also helps send messages throughout your brain to ease the nervous system. It is important to have a stable level of magnesium, since low levels of magnesium have been linked to depression and higher levels of anxiety. By supplementing magnesium it is suggested that it may increase mood and reduce feelings of depression with people who are deficient.
DHA & EPA:
DHA & EPA help reduce inflammation and support healthy brain function. These two essential omega-3 fatty acids can be found in oily fish and some plants and nuts. They have been shown to increase blood flow and help aid in the production of serotonin levels in the brain, which can help regulate mood and symptoms of depression. Their anti-inflammatory properties can also help reduce stress with their ability to ease the nervous system.
Cannabidiol, most popularly known as CBD, is a compound found in a hemp plant that has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Its’ ability to suppress the nervous system and regulate our endocannabinoid system can lessen the feelings of depression and leave us feeling calmer. CBD is also able to activate the brain’s receptors for serotonin, which helps regulate our mood and can potentially decrease anxiety.
Ashwagandha is a powerful ancient medicinal herb and adaptogen that has been proven to help manage stress on the body. Its’ ability to reduce cortisol levels and block stress pathways in the brain help reduce stress and lessen feelings of anxiety. By supplementing ashwagandha we can help better regulate our nervous system, which can leave us feeling less stressed and anxious.
While these natural supplements potentially address and alleviate health concerns and conditions, it is always best to perform your own research, contact manufacturers, and most importantly, consult a doctor before use.
Christina Ashley Midollo
Certified Nutritionist & Healthy Living Coach
Cornell University, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Another great way to reduce anxiety is to shift your mindset too!