It’s no secret that stress can wreak havoc on the body. From anxiety and depression, to a range of health conditions including weight gain, IBS and heart disease, stress accounts for nearly 90 percent of all visits to primary health care providers. Bottom line, stress overload can have an enormously negative effect on your health.

While best managed holistically including regular exercise, proper sleep, meditation and breathing work, studies have demonstrated that natural remedies can play a critical role in combating the damaging effects of stress.

L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, is one of these remedies. According to clinical research, a patented form of l-theanine called SunTheanine, naturally stimulates activity in the brain known as alpha waves, which are associated with a relaxed but alert mental state.

GABA is another great stress buster. It’s an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter helping to calm nervous activity in the brain and elevate mood. My favorite is PharmaGABA, a patented form that has been shown to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier, which is essential for results.

Finally, the adaptogenic herb ashwagandha has been shown to have both dramatic anti-anxiety properties as well as provide adrenal support. Sensoril is a patented form that has been the subject of numerous clinical studies.

Here’s the best news for combating stress – one supplement combines all three of these patented remedies in one pill, it’s called GABA Soothe by Jarrow Formulas. I really like this product because it works in three ways: the theanine calms, the GABA elevates feelings of well-being and the ashwagandha acts as an adaptogen making it great for long-term stress support.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Healthstore located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.