Supplements That Fight Stress

By Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, Medical Director and Founder of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine and medical expert for ABC and Headline News. Dr. Bhatia is also Integrative Medicine adjunct faculty at Emory University.

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Stress Symptom: Fatigue

For many patients, stress will lead to an overwhelming sense of fatigue. Patients will complain that they cannot get out of bed and need a nap during the day. The following supplements are adaptogens, a class of herbs that help the body fight stress by reducing the production of stress hormones that result in the fight-or-flight response. Adaptogens increase the body’s natural resistance to stress. The following prevent worsening fatigue and improve energy:

Rhodiola: Known throughout Europe, this tonic herb fights fatigue, decreases stress and improves energy. Most patients start at 170 mg per day.

Ashwaghanda (Indian Ginseng): Ashwaghanda helps the body to adapt to stress and is a common Ayurvedic remedy for stress. Standard dosing is 500 mg per day.

Stress Symptom: Disruption of the Menstrual Cycle

Finally, women should remember that chronic stress eventually impacts the menstrual cycle. B vitamins and magnesium, together, will help prevent the hormonal decline that results from chronic stress.

Creating a supplement plan individualized to treat your symptoms can help minimize the negative effects of stress. I always remind my patients that in stressful times, we should double or triple our self-care. Supplements are an important piece of self-care and can help stop stress from taking over your life.

Article written by Dr. Tasneem Bhatia
Integrative Health Expert Medical Director, Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine Author, What Doctors Eat...