By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro
Research has shown that stress is at an all-time-high among people in the U.S. So, it's no surprise that many people are looking for out-of-the-box solutions to manage their stress. And as people are turning more and more towards supplements to boost their overall health, there's also a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and adaptogens that can help you de-stress. But, just as with your daily multivitamin, not all supplements that help with stress are created equal.
The efficacy of supplements can vary, and the supposed health benefits of some supplements may be just hype in the end: As Quartz reported, a review published by the U.K. National Institute for Health and Research in July found popular omega-3 supplements aren't nearly as effective as some people claim they are. What's more, just last week, a study revealed that probiotic supplements could lead to brain fogand difficulty concentrating. Before you hop on the wellness train, be sure to talk with your doc about any supplements you're curious to try.
However, that being said, there are certain supplements that are actually scientifically designed to help calm your nerves. Here are eight supplements to help you de-stress, and the science behind how they work.
3. Som Sleep
Som Sleep is tasty nighttime beverage that has several different supplements that promote relaxation, including both GABA, and L-theanine. Similarly to GABA, L-theanine is also an amino acid. Typically found in tea, this substance is believed to promote relaxation, while also making people feel more alert. According to Healthline, studies have found the supplement "reduced stress and anxiety in people who were experiencing stressful situations," and it "increased relaxation without causing drowsiness." If you tend to get stressed at night, Som Sleep could help you de-stress and catch some much-needed Z's.
Of course, no supplement will cure the symptoms of stress alone. If you're feeling overwhelmed by stress on a constant basis, it might be worth talking to your GP about your mood, or seeking out a therapist. However, if you just need a little boost, supplements can be therapeutic tool that you can easily add into your daily wellness routine.