Here's a look at several herbs often found in supplements for stress management
Rhodiola. An herb long used in traditional medicine in Russia and some European countries, Rhodiola may help fight fatigue among people with chronic (long-term) stress. For instance, in a small study published in 2009, researchers found that regular intake of Rhodiola reduced fatigue and enhanced mental performance in people struggling with stress-induced burnout.1 The study results showed that the 30 participants taking Rhodiola supplements for 28 days had a greater improvement in concentration than those who took a placebo pill (a pill that does not contain the substance being studied) for the same amount of time.
Ashwagandha. In Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India), this herb has long been recommended for its supposedly refreshing and energizing effects. Studies have shown that ashwagandha offers significant adaptogenic benefits and stress-fighting effects. One study found that Ashwagandha root extract effectively increased resistance to stress and improved quality of life.2
Ginseng. Panax ginseng (also known as Korean, Asian, or Chinese ginseng) is often praised for its anti-stress properties. Research suggests that ginseng may help stabilize the nervous system response and improve cognition for people who are exposed to high levels of stress.3 There is also some research in humans reporting anti-depressant-like ingredients and mechanisms in panax ginseng.4
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