Not all stress is bad and in small doses it can be a great motivator. As Dr Bruce McEwan, professor and head of the neuroendocrinology lab at Rockefeller University, New York, says:

“I think of stress as a word that we give to a challenge of any kind. And when we are challenged, our body system produces mediators, hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which help to get us going and actually do all sorts of good things that keep us alive.”

But long-term or chronic stress can lead to an over-exposure to these hormones, cautions Dr McEwan, which, if left unchecked, can result in anxiety and soon leave you feeling unable to cope. Worse still, it can also eventually lead to physical illness.

According to the Stress Management Society, a UK-based non-profit making organisation that provides advice on stress and well-being issues, numerous studies show that long-term, chronic stress has a negative impact on health, and is implicated in everything from fatigue and depression to high blood pressure and heart disease. Worryingly, around 30% of us suffer from this kind of stress on a daily basis.

To counter the effects of negative stress, a new formula has been developed, called RelaxwellTM. It contains the calming amino acid L-Theanine (the good bit in Green Tea), along with other renowned anti-stress compounds including B vitamins and feel-good amino acid L-Tryptophan.

RelaxwellTM has been designed to help reduce cortisol, the aging by-product of stress, and prevent the depletion of all-important stress-relieving nutrients (a common side-effect of stress that often occurs regardless of how healthy your diet is), and generally help you get through difficult times more smoothly.

L-Theanine (in Green Tea) is the most widely used nutrient for stress in Japan. The amino acid L-Theanine has been included in RelaxWell. First, this amino acid directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to that achieved through meditation.

Second, L-Theanine is involved in the formation of Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), which influences the levels of neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin – the ones that produce the key relaxation effect. GABA also calms the brain by inhibiting the production of other brain chemicals, such as noradrenalin; without it we can feel a loss of control. Chronic stress and anxiety tremendously increase the need for GABA.

But GABA doesn’t pass through the blood-brain barrier easily, so taking it as a supplement is not the answer. L-Theanine, on the other hand, does pass through the blood-brain barrier, and being a precursor to GABA is able to boost levels of this neurotransmitter in the brain.

SOOTHING INGREDIENTS TO MASTER ANXIETY

The second amino acid in RelaxwellTM is L-Tryptophan, an amino acid and precursor for the mood-regulating serotonin, (the brain neurotransmitter linked with pleasure and fulfilment). L-Tryptophan has been used in complementary medicine to help sleep problems, anxiety, depression, premenstrual syndrome, and smoking cessation.

RelaxwellTM contains 3 B vitamins: 2 types of Vitamin B3 and B6, well known stress relievers that help keep your nervous system functioning properly. During times of stress and illness, your body uses larger than normal amounts of these vitamins, making it paramount to replenish them on a daily basis.

 

RECOMMENDATION FOR SLEEP AND RELAXATION

RelaxwellTM for Nerves is designed to help reduce cortisol and maintain good levels of the stress-relieving nutrients, aiding relaxation and restful sleep. (Not suitable during pregnancy. Consult your doctor if you’re already taking a sedative or tranquilliser.)

Ancient MineralsTM Magnesium is topically applied as an oil or a gel. This pure-sourced Magnesium is quickly absorbed for fast results.

Also for relaxation and sleep: HealthPointTM Auricular Ear Clips; SleepWellTM with 5-HTP; and SaM-eTM.