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Stress Gummies: What Are They & How Do They Work?

Stress is an ordinary part of everyday life: relationship trouble, difficulties at work, global tensions, deadlines. You name it. Life can take its toll on you. Then when you get a moment to finally relax everything is still tense as can be. 


Relaxation seems like a myth. Sometimes you might need a little something extra to cope with the hectic life that you may be living. Thankfully, researchers have been looking at different herbs and organic compounds that can alleviate stress.

Oxidation - Biological Stress


There are a variety of different stressors your body goes through on a daily basis. Making energy from food and dealing with the environment are two fundamental ways your body faces stress everyday. While facing some stress each day is natural and even good for the body, there is a threshold for too much stress.


Stress manifests itself in the body through something called oxidation. Oxidation happens when a molecule loses energy and becomes very reactive. These reactive molecules are called free radicals. When free radicals are not neutralized then they will react with other things in the cell causing damage. 


Our bodies have many natural ways of dealing with this natural problem, most of which we can get directly from our diets through foods or supplements.

Gummies


One of our favorite ways to reduce this is through stress gummies. Gummies provide an awesome avenue for your supplementation because they can offer you several important factors that your traditional supplement can not. 


An Experience


Tasty flavors are much preferred to boring old pills for pretty much everyone. Instead of being a chore, taking your stress gummy becomes an experience that you can look forward to each and every day. Not only will this spice up the daily routine, but it will mean that you are consistently motivated to do what is best for your biology day after day. 


Ease of Use


One study estimates that 40% of the adult population struggles with or is unable to
swallow pills, leaving many to miss out on all the potential benefits of taking a supplement. Meanwhile, gummy vitamins solve this problem by leveraging your body’s natural digestive mechanism - chewing.


Chewing and Bioequivalence


Chewing isn’t just great for getting rid of the obligation to swallow large pills. It may also increase the speed at which the ingredients are made available to your body. 


One study that compared the effects of B and E vitamins taken in different forms found that the peak absorption for the gummy vitamins was nearly two hours earlier than for tablets. The researchers attributed this difference to the simple act of earlier digestion - chewing. 


Chewing and the Brain


Chewing also has an important calming effect on the brain. The digestive system uses the parasympathetic nervous system, while the stress response uses the sympathetic nervous system. Since these two systems oppose each other, chewing can cause temporary reductions in the stress response.


Chewing also activates the dopaminergic system of the brain, which suppresses stress-induced anxiousness. Yep, chewing and tasting food brings us joy in many ways; it's only right that we leverage these principles when making a stress gummy… and we did!


Key Ingredients of Stress Gummies


Gummies are great, but what are the key ingredients you should be looking for when you decide the best stress gummy for you?


Adaptogens


One group of foods that people have found that are really great at reducing the amount of biological stress - oxidation - in the body are
adaptogens. Adaptogens include herbs, spices, and mushrooms that are great at adapting to fill the needs of someone taking them. 


For instance, they have a stimulating effect but this can help a person feel more calm and aware. Adaptogens support immune health and function and they improve feelings of energy and alertness while relieving tension. 


Adaptogens do this through the regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which involves a chain of endocrine communications that ultimately produce the main stress hormone - cortisol. Cortisol is what the body makes in response to stressful situations, but it is also an important part of sleep and other daily mechanisms. 


Through the regulation of cortisol, adaptogens can support your adrenal glands, help maintain metabolic health, and lower the production of biological stress. 


Some of the most widely used and critically acclaimed adaptogens are: 

  • Panax ginseng
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Siberian ginseng
  • Schisandra chinensis
  • Ashwagandha


Persian Saffron


Saffron is another great stress reduction food and one of the key ingredients that we put in our
stress gummies. Our premium persian saffron is backed by 10+ clinical studies, medical-grade, and has zero side effects. This ingredient is so powerful for reducing anxiety and elevating mood that we named it Safr'Inside™.


77% of people taking this key ingredient said that they felt more optimistic and the research supports significant findings for the reduction of mental health symptoms for otherwise healthy people. 


Lion’s Mane Extract


Lion’s mane
has two important qualities: immune support and cognitive support. Immune support helps alleviate discomfort and improves feelings of wellness in response to biological stress. 


Lemon Balm Extract


Lemon balm
is a plant closely related to the mint family that is grown all over the world. This ingredient has been shown to support digestion and have potential calming benefits. These benefits can help your overall emotional wellbeing through stimulating cognition and promoting calmness. 


Having a calm stomach can help you avoid stomach discomfort and nausea. Having a calm mind means less head and neck tension and improved mood and focus.


Terpenes


Terpenes
are a group of compounds that have an effect on your body’s endocannabinoid system. They are commonly used to provide flavors and aromatics, but they have medicinal properties as well. Generally their interaction with the endocannabinoid system promotes homeostatic regulation of the body on a molecular level promoting immune response, cell communication, appetite and metabolism and memory. 


One terpene that we include in our stress gummies is called Limonene. We leverage homeostatic regulatory effects of terpenes through a compound called limonene to help elevate mood, promote stress relief, and support the immune system. Limonese compound can be found in several citrus fruits and cannabis, and it provides a great citrusy flavor to our awesome gummies. 


The Blend For You


If you are looking for all these amazing stress relievers in a single package then you’ve come to the right place. All the ingredients listed here are a part of our
Complete Calm De-Stress Gummies


All of our ingredients are backed by the latest research and have the perfect doses to ensure your optimal daily function. Plus, they taste great and have zero side effects. If you are interested, give them a try today! 


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Sources:

Effects of Saffron Extract Supplementation on Mood, Well-Being, and Response to a Psychosocial Stressor in Healthy Adults: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Parallel Group, Clinical Trial | Frontiers in Nutrition

Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity | Pharmaceuticals

Size, Shape, and Other Physical Attributes of Generic  Tablets and Capsules Guidance for Industry | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

Bioequivalence Study of Two Multivitamin Formulations Containing Vitamin E and Folate in Healthy Adults | Current Developments in Nutrition

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This article has been reviewed by members of our Scientific Advisory Board.

  • Dr. Jay Cowin, Nutrition Expert

    Founder of Functional U, a Nutrition, Performance & Optimal Health practice.