Stress Relief Tablets: Which Are The Best & Why
By Girish Desai Pharmacist (GPhC 2019217)
Stress is bad. We can all agree on that. Some 85% of UK adults say that they regularly experience stress, with many of us struggling to find ways to deal with it, let alone prevent it in the first place.
There are all kinds of reasons why we experience stress, from environmental factors (like work or child rearing) to social and economic circumstances (such as personal financial issues and constant world news). Our genetic makeup and our personalities can even play a role in how much stress we experience and how susceptible we are to the effects of it.
Whilst it is important to look to address what may be causing your stress, you can also take stress relief tablets that work with your body to relieve your symptoms - Which is why we’ve compiled a list of our recommended stress relief tablets, along with why they work and how to use them to support stress relief.
Stress Relief Tablets Can Help You Manage More Than Just Stress
Stress relief tablets are one way in which we are able to avoid feeling stressed, and even prevent it. Importantly, along with techniques like meditation, avoiding smartphones (where possible) and making sure that you get 42% more rest, supporting your body with vitamins and minerals can help you deal with stress and its related ailments.
Stress has been linked to a number of problems affecting both the physical and mental health of people globally. In 2017, a study reported by The British Heart Foundation, indicated that stress can ‘increase your risk of heart and circulatory disease’, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
The effects of stress on your mental state can also induce restless nights or even insomnia, and turn worry into anxiety.
Combining a daily stress relief tablet with other techniques that work for you could be the best way to get on top of your stress and, ultimately, lead a more peaceful and calm life.
Which Are The Best Stress Relief Tablets?
There are a number of stress relief tablets on the market right now, but there are three that we at Landy’s Chemist most often recommend:
- Viridian L-Theanine and Lemon Balm Veg Caps - Calming stress relief, without drowsiness
- Viridian L-Tryptophan 220mg Veg Caps - Combat stress, anxiety and insomnia
- Solgar 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) Vegicaps- Boost your mood, supporting your serotonin
1. Use Viridian L-Theanine And Lemon Balm Veg Caps for Calming Stress Relief, Without Drowsiness
L-theanine is the key ingredient in these capsules that helps deal with stress. Also found in green tea, which has been used to help treat depression and anxiety for centuries in asian cultures, L-theanine lowers the levels of excitatory brain chemicals (the ones that get you hyped up with worry) which can promote a feeling of calm. Lemon balm has a similar history of being used to combat stress and anxiety, but it also aids with sleep and gastrointestinal issues - also associated with stress - without making you feel tired.
The name might not roll of the tongue, but these stress relief tablets can help you to calm down from stress. Since some people find the taste of green tea unpleasant, and/or don’t have the time to brew a cup of tea every time they feel stressed, taking a stress relief tablet once a day can be a lot easier.
2. Try Viridian L-Tryptophan 220mg Veg Caps To Combat Stress, Anxiety And Insomnia
One issue with the body and mind can easily cause a knock-on effect and lead to more problems. For those with insomnia or difficulty getting to sleep, a lack of rest can lead to more stress and even trigger anxiety. L-Tryptophan has been linked to a reduction in the time it takes for sleep onset. This in turn can enable better rest which, as we know, can significantly reduce stress levels.
Stress relief tablets with L-Tryptophan can also help modulate depression and sleep apnea, even helping people to cope with ADHD. With one capsule a day, you can support your body by introducing an amino acid that works as a building block for stress relief.
3. Take Solgar 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) Vegicaps And Boost Your Mood By Supporting Your Serotonin
Serotonin, for those who aren’t aware, is ‘a chemical substance produced in your body that affects your moods and the flow of messages through your nerves’. It is often thought of as the good mood chemical of the brain, but serotonin is actually key to a good appetite, digestion, sexual function, bone density and more. The chemical name for serotonin is 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which is contained in the Solgar capsules.
5-HTP helps with stress by boosting your mood and encourages a positive mental state by keeping your body functioning properly. You can improve serotonin levels with sunlight exposure, as well as exercise, but these things are not always attainable to those who work nights, have stationary day jobs or if you live somewhere with limited access to either of these things. These stress relief tablets can then offer the raw materials needed to improve your mood and ensure a good flow of serotonin.
Stress Relief Vitamins Are Not Meant To Cure Cancer, SAD Or Serotonin Syndrome
It is important to note that although stress relief tablets are a great way to support your body and mind with natural vitamins and minerals, they are not intended as cures for diseases or serious issues.
Although there are benefits to the ingredients within green tea that are harnessed for stress relief vitamins, unfounded speculation about curative powers is misleading. The NHS partner Modality Partnership warn that there is ‘no evidence drinking green tea protects against different types of cancer’.
Using stress relief tablets to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can help but there are also other methods of support, including therapy, exercise and antidepressants that the NHS recommends.
Similarly, since Serotonin Syndrome is caused by too much serotonin, if you have this or any of its symptoms you should avoid stress relief tablets and see a doctor.
The products offered are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease, or to replace the advice of a medical professional. Results are not guaranteed and may vary from individual to individual.