Recommended by leading physicians and pharmacists specializing in reproductive medicine.Can be taken in conjunction with fertility treatments.
A unique blend of vitamins, amino acids, healing herbs and botanicals designed to counteract the damaging effects of stress while promoting increased energy and vitality.
Stress is a natural part of life. In fact, “good” stress – like the kind you experience when you face a challenge successfully – can be quite beneficial. A moderate amount of stress may improve heart function, stimulate the brain and increase resistance to infection.
Unfortunately, too much stress puts real strain on your body. Being highly overstressed can drain you of energy, damage your arteries, cloud your mind, and overwhelm your immune system. Chronic stress increases your risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. Excessive or chronic stress also disrupts the function of your endocrine system, contributing to fertility problems.
The naturally smart energy and stress blend® was formulated specifically to counteract the damaging effects of the stress response while improving your overall energy level. This unique dietary supplement features a powerful combination of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids enhanced by healing herbs and botanicals that support the body’s nervous system.
When your brain perceives a threat, it floods your body with the hormones needed for a burst of energy. This is the “stress response” – a mechanism used by the central nervous system to manage levels of adrenaline and cortisol in the body.
An infusion of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol is what allows you to take action quickly if you face a threat. It also mobilizes your body’s resources for dealing with injury: white blood cells flock to your capillary walls, ready to be activated if you sustain a wound.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, we face many stressors. Between fighting traffic to get to work, paying bills and dealing with daily responsibilities, our stress response system is constantly activated and thus low levels of cortisol and adrenaline are being produced at all times. These stress response systems hormones cause blood pressure and heart rate to increase. As that happens, blood is shunted away from vital organs such as the heart, kidneys, brain and even the reproductive organs and is sent to the large muscles of legs and arms (so as to facilitate “fight or flight”).
The stress response also causes white blood cells to stick to the capillary walls, ready to be activated if you sustain a wound. Your energy sources, including sugars and fat, are mobilized to give you fuel.
When your stress response system works properly your parasympathetic nervous system will override the sympathetic nervous system. Your blood pressure goes back to normal and your heart rate goes down. Your stress hormones, blood sugar and blood clotting levels all drop and blood flow to all your internal organs resumes.
Having a chronically sustained level of stress can cause an excess of the stress hormones and lead to problems like high blood pressure, high triglycerides, insulin resistance, high fasting blood sugar, lower bone density, alterations in function of the immune system and has been linked to depression and memory loss.
Stress also leads to overeating, because cortisol causes us to crave carbohydrates (comfort food). Moreover, it causes us to store all those calories as fat in the most dangerous and most unflattering area: the abdomen. An excess of stored abdominal fat is a major risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Stress also has a detrimental physiological effect on the endocrine system, inhibiting the release of gonadotropin releasing hormone (the hormone that starts the ovulatory cycle), thus, adversely affecting ovulation, fertilization, tubal function and implantation. A study at Harvard University that assessed stress and fertility concluded that stress reduction could increase pregnancy rates in couples being treated with assisted reproductive technologies by up to 55%. Good nutrition and exercise as well as stress-reduction techniques like meditation, yoga, mental imagery, and support groups contributed to these improved pregnancy rates.
B vitamins are an essential ingredient in supplementation to counteract the effects of stress. They support the nervous system, maintaining healthy brain cells and regulating the metabolism of carbohydrates, the brain's source of fuel. B vitamins are also necessary for the production of neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine) which regulate mood and conduct messages through the brain.
Beyond their impact on the brain and the nervous system, B vitamins enhance immune system function and also promote cell growth and division (including the red blood cells that help prevent anemia). They may also be necessary for supporting and increasing the rate of metabolism and maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone.
Deficiencies usually involve more than one B vitamin. For best results, supplements should always include a complete complement of B vitamins that will work together to achieve synergistic effects.