Phosphatidyl Serine (PS)—the Anti-Stress Superstar
PS exists naturally in the body in three primary places: the brain, the muscles and the immune system. PS has been shown to blunt cortisol, the body’s stress response hormone. It has also been shown in numerous studies to help improve mood and increase memory, concentration and cognition. Experts consider PS the "gold standard" in stress nutrients, helping muscles bounce back, nerves handle a hectic lifestyle, stress hormones stay in balance and concentration improve to laser-beam focus.
L-Theanine—A Calming Agent
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea, and is known for its calming, yet non-sedative, effects. It helps fight stress by increasing alpha wave activity in the brain. There are several different waves in the brain: including beta waves (stress producing) and alpha waves (concentration and relaxation inducing). Stress diminishes these alpha waves, which is why when you're under stress you may have a hard time focusing. Fortunately, L-Theanine can help increase the good alpha waves, helping your brain recalibrate the stress and stay relaxed, yet focused.
Magnolia Bark—Calming and Balancing
Magnolia bark has two compounds, called biphenols. One helps to calm and the other plays a role in balancing cortisol levels. At high doses, magnolia bark can cause slight drowsiness. However, at appropriate doses, magnolia bark acts in a similar manner to L-Theanine and initiates no depressant effect whatsoever. Magnolia bark is far safer than many sedative drugs or depressants.
Beta-Sitosterol—Balance and Recovery
Beta-sitosterol is a (good) cholesterol-like compound found in many foods, such as nuts, fruits, vegetables and seeds. It's one of the best immune-supporting nutrients to take when your body is undergoing stress—whether physical, mental or emotional. It has been used to help support healthy cholesterol levels and a healthy immune system for centuries, but beta-sitosterol is also excellent when it comes to helping muscles recover from stress, such as after a competition or an injury.
Rhodiola Rosea—Adapt and Energize
Also known as the "golden root," the "arctic root," and "Crenulin," Rhodiola is an "adaptogen," meaning it helps the body better adapt to stress—in other words, to become more adept at handling future stressors. Rhodiola's main components are rosavin, rosarin, rosin and salidroside. These ingredients help to transport fatty acids, thereby enabling greater metabolic ability and even assisting in weight loss when used alongside a healthy eating plan. These active ingredients can also give the body a burst of energy in general, influencing both at the cellular repair level and the mental mood level.