Royal Jelly is a food produced by bees to turn a chosen grub (baby bee) into a queen bee. It is also the main nutrition source of the queen bee and is therefore jam packed full of nutrients. Royal jelly contains amino acids, fats, vitamins and minerals all which help nourish the larvae into a queen. Royal Jelly has been shown to have numerous benefits for humans. In addition, the amino acids found in Royal Jelly are required for the production of hormones which help with relaxation.
Lemon balm, (sometimes called Mellissa officinalis) is part of the mint family and is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. The active constituents in lemon balm are citronellal, geraniol, citral and flavonoids. Lemon balm is so great for us because it is shown to help decrease irritability, restlessness and tension and to help promote a better and healthy sleep. Lemon balm also has a calming effect on the digestive system as an added bonus.
Passion flower, sometimes referred to as Passiflora is a flower which grows in Europe. Passion flower contains active constituents such as polyphenols, flavonoids, volatile oils, and ginsenoside which aids with calming down when necessary and induces a state of relaxation. Passion flower supports mental activity, particularly when mental demand is high such as highly stressful situations. It is a beneficial herb to take when you are stressed and anxious.
Rhodiola is a flowering plant with a with a thick rhizome which is used in food supplements. Rhodiola is known to be an adaptogen. Adaptogens work with the body to balance its functions, and may increase resistance to physical and environmental stress. Rhodiola is particularly beneficial for normal cognitive and mental performance. It has been shown to help keep one focused and clear thinking during times of stress.
L-Theanine is an amino acid which is not produced in the body. It has a very similar structure to the amino acid glutamate, which helps with the transmission of nerve impulses to the brain. Theanine supports the levels of serotonin (known as the happy hormone) and dopamine in the brain which influences mood and emotion. These are essential for coping with stress and helping maintain mental focus.
Magnesium is a mineral which contributes towards normal psychological function and normal nerve function. This is because it is required for the production of a neurotransmitter called GABA which has a calming effect on the body. GABA is especially important for reducing stress and anxiety. Most of the population do not consume enough magnesium in their diet, and may find benefit from taking it in supplemental form.
Lions mane is a type of mushroom which contains many nutrients necessary for brain and nervous health. The active constituents in Lions mane mushrooms are anti-inflammatory agents and beta glucans which communicate with the nerve cell membranes. Inflammation of the nervous system can trigger depressive mood states and an inability to cope when under stress. Lions mane mushroom also contains substances called hericenones and erinacines which promote the production of nerve growth factor (NGF) in the brain. All these benefits from a simple mushroom!
Calcium Pantothenate is more commonly known as Vitamin B5. It is is found in every single cell in our body and is important for us because it helps to support our adrenal glands. By supporting our adrenals, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It is commonly recommended to help reduce panic attacks, or to help with restlessness or irritability. As well as in supplements, you can find Vitamin B5 in liver, avocados, sunflower seeds and eggs.