Stress Less with 5 Calming Botanicals
ARTICLE BY | Lynn Wagner, MD
Botanicals have helped people feel mentally and physically healthy for generations. These five traditional botanical medicines support the way your body manages stress and can help you maintain overall good health through life’s inevitable ups and downs.*†
Andrographis has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic practice. This adaptogen is prized for its ability to support immune function and overall good health. Andrographis contains a special compound called andrographolide that provides most of the health benefits this plant delivers, including strong antioxidant and cognitive support.*
Andrographis EP80™ Extra Strength contains a standardized extract designed to deliver 80 mg of andrographolides. It’s a strength that makes it unlike any other andrographis extract available. Taken daily, it can support everything from upper respiratory tract health to daily energy and mental clarity.*
Ashwagandha has been a staple of Ayurvedic practitioners for more than 5,000 years. This revered botanical contains powerful compounds called withanolides that are well known for their ability to support the body’s resistance to stress.† Ashwagandha has been shown to support healthy cortisol levels, which helps quiet the stress response that leaves you feeling tense.*^
A clinical study showed that both men and women experienced significantly reduced stress levels when taking ashwagandha.†* Researchers noted it worked by reducing the risk of oxidative stress and maintaining levels of GABA and serotonin in the brain.*
Ashwagandha EP35™ Extra Strength is like no other ashwagandha available. It uses a unique, dairy-free process that concentrates the withanolides to seven times the level of ordinary extracts. That means you get big results in a small dose.* Take 150 mg 1-2 times daily for optimal benefits.
Though echinacea is typically associated with immune support, a specialized root extract of this ancient herb provides fast relief from occasional stress and anxiety. According to one study testing the ability of various echinacea preparations to ease occasional anxiety, only an Echinacea angustifolia extract standardized to a specific alkamide ratio showed consistent results.* You can find this extract, called EP107™, in AnxioCalm®.
In a recent double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, EP107 was shown to relieve occasional anxiety and support emotional well-being. Another clinical trial found that participants taking the standardized echinacea extract for just seven days had three times less anxiety compared to those taking a placebo.The researchers concluded that EP107 in AnxioCalm delivered “significant beneficial effects on anxiety in humans.”*†
One of the first adaptogens used to support health, red ginseng supports physical and mental resilience while improving your body’s ability to adapt to stress.† This Asian plant helps by supporting calming brain chemicals and healthy cortisol levels thanks to compounds in the herb called ginsenosides.^ There are more than 100 different ginsenosides in ginseng, the vast majority of which aren’t absorbed well by the body. To be effective, they must be converted to noble or “rare” ginsenosides by the beneficial bacteria in your gut.*
However, one proprietary form of red ginseng known as HRG80™ has already done the work, as it contains higher levels of the noble ginsenosides than ordinary red ginseng, ensuring you’re getting a highly absorbable and bioavailable form of this herb. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial showed that red ginseng supported a healthy mood and brought a sense of calm and relaxation to older adults during cognitive challenge tests.*
HRG80™ Red Ginseng delivers 7 times more rare, noble ginsenosides to help you feel energized, focused, and resilient during occasional mental strain.*
Rhodiola, an herb native to northern Europe and Asia, is well known for bringing a sense of calm and focused energy, rather than the frenetic spike brought on by stimulants like caffeine. This adaptogen supports healthy dopamine and serotonin activity in the brain, while maintaining memory and attention.*
Adaptra® is an adaptogen formula that combines rhodiola with ashwagandha to help you meet challenges with ease. The rhodiola in Adaptra is a superior extract and will help support both mental and physical function. Combined with ashwagandha, this important botanical can help you manage occasional stress and maximize energy.*
†Occasional stress and anxiety. ^Supports healthy levels already within normal range.
ABOUT | Lynn
Dr. Wagner is into breaking molds. After practicing emergency medicine for 10 years, she began to see a huge gap in the healthcare system. While understanding the need for westernized medicine, she knew that a pill or procedure wasn’t the answer to every problem. After using alternative forms of healing for herself, she wanted to offer the same kind of healing to her patients.