The 7 Best Supplements to Better Manage Stress
Want to stress less? You are not alone. Because of our modern, fast-paced lives, many of us (several million, actually) report living in a constant state of stress. From juggling family and work, to navigating the anxiety of a pandemic and an uncertain economy, stress levels are higher than ever. A recent report by the American Psychological Association found, unsurprisingly, that nearly 7 in 10 of those surveyed experienced an increase in stress levels during the pandemic.1
Long-term effects of too much stress
A little occasional stress is perfectly natural. In the short-term, stress can be beneficial; think of parents and their seemingly supernatural ability to react quickly to protect their progeny from mishaps. Our innate stress response – the “fight-or-flight” response – makes us more alert, focused, and able to respond quickly in uncertain scenarios.
It’s when stress sticks around that it becomes a problem. Chronic, long-term stress can lead to a host of health problems. It can lead to unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating (especially junk food), skipping meals, self-medicating with alcohol, wakefulness at night, smoking, irritability, and many others. Or it can physically manifest into symptoms such as migraines, reduced immune function, GI upset, and even blood pressure and heart problems.
Implementing proper stress-relieving practices, like yoga, meditation, or talking through your stress with a trusted confidant, can go a long way to help your body to mellow out. But sometimes, a little extra help is needed. That is where nutritional supplements can come in. Various beneficial botanicals and nutrients have a knack for helping your body manage its stress response.
Here are the seven top formulas to help you find your happy place.
1. The ideal formula for those who are burned out from being stuck in front of an office computer every day
Say hello to the supplement solution for the modern world. Memoractiv combines a cast of intelligent ingredients that are well-studied for providing cognitive benefits, including support for concentration, motivation, mental focus, and reaction time.* On top of that, the unique, naturally-derived marigold extract helps protect the eyes from the negative effects of blue light for those staring at a screen all day.*
2. A prime choice for individuals who want a little more focus along with good vibes
Looking for something to help hit the “brakes” on your body’s stress response? PharmaGABA can help. Harnessing the power of a natural source of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA (as PharmaGABA) can decrease the brain's stress-related beta waves while increasing the production of relaxing alpha-waves, creating a profound sense of physical relaxation while maintaining mental focus.*
3. A supplement to help combat stress eating
In times of high stress, many turn to food as a source of comfort. But raiding the pantry can wreak havoc on your diet and fitness goals. If you’re a stress eater, then Relora Plus might be right for you. The formula contains a proprietary blend of plant extracts from Magnolia officinalis and Phellodendron amurense (two well-known botanicals used in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine for 1,500 years), along with six B vitamins. These ingredients work synergistically to help balance cortisol levels and minimize stress-related eating.*
4. A capsule for those wanting daylong calm
Hemp Oil + is a unique stress management solution that nourishes an important, but little known, system in the body – the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. The ESC system is our body’s primary regulatory system. It’s like an internal balancing mechanism, constantly keeping multiple body functions in a state of equilibrium. The body produces its own cannabinoids – endocannabinoids – that modulate these biological processes throughout the entire body. As such, endocannabinoids have a wide-ranging effect on everything, including our stress threshold.
Thorne’s Hemp Oil + formula contains phytocannabinoids (phyto = plant; cannabinoids from plants), which exert the exact same activity in the body as your natural endocannabinoids do. Thus, it can balance the body's response to stress and anxious feelings.* But unlike other hemp oils on the market, Hemp Oil + is backed by the quality you’ve come to trust from Thorne. In addition to using the purest hemp stalk oil possible – certified organic and legal in all 50 states – Hemp Oil + also packs a complementary set of ingredients, from hops extract to clove extract, that provide a synergistic blend of phytocannabinoids for your ECS. Want to learn more? See our frequently asked questions about Hemp Oil.
5. Formulas for adrenal fatigue
Chronic stress takes a toll on your adrenal glands – a critical component of your endocrine system – the system that distributes hormones throughout your body.
Over time, too much stress leads to adrenal fatigue. Supplementing with adaptogenic botanicals and several key B vitamins will play a helpful role in maintaining healthy adrenal function.* And because we know everyone’s lifestyle is different, we offer three different ways to keep your adrenals happy.
- Cortrex®: an all-in-one adrenal support supplement made with adrenal glandular tissue, nutrients, and botanicals
- Phytisone®: A nutrient and botanical choice that supports adrenals without bovine adrenal gland tissue
- Adrenal Cortrex: Simple adrenal support for individuals needing only adrenal glandular tissue, without the extra nutrients
6. A basic formula if you’re tempted to turn to unhealthy habits
If you find yourself turning to a glass of wine after work or downing a whole bag of potato chips to de-stress, then Thorne’s Stress B Complex could help. It is a well-rounded stress support solution, offering essential amounts of all the B vitamins in their highly-absorbable forms. In addition, it contains an extra amount of vitamin B5 – a key nutrient for supporting healthy adrenal and immune function.*
7. A starter pack for stress support
Want a comprehensive solution to tackle stress? Thorne’s Stress Management Bundle will help you unwind from all angles. It contains Stress B-Complex, PharmaGABA-250, and Phytisone that provide supplement synergy to manage stress – while helping you save some money, too.
Still need answers for your stress? Try a quiz!
Does trying to pick one of the above solutions cause you more stress? Don’t sweat it. Get easy answers with our stress solutions quiz. Just answer a few quick questions about your lifestyle and sources of your stress and in minutes get a stress support solution recommended just for you.
Want to know what your adrenal gland hormones are up to? Try Thorne’s easy at-home saliva-based Stress Test.
- American Psychological Association (2020). Stress in America 2020: A National Mental Health Crisis. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2020/sia-mental-health-crisis.pdf [Accessed Feb. 10, 2022]