Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), also known as tulsi, is a medicinal adaptogenic herb used to help treat various conditions including managing the body’s stress response. Adaptogens are plant materials that may have health benefits due to the way they work to counteract the effects of excess cortisol.
Stressors can be psychological and/or physical. The numerous demands and quick pace of life are linked to elevated levels of psychological stress. This tension can increase an individual’s susceptibility to the toxic effects of chemical pollutants in our environment. For some, the ongoing worry about chemicals being all around us can cause stress and anxiety that may be just as harmful as the chemicals themselves.
A 2014 study found that regular holy basil use can help protect and detoxify the body’s cells and organs as well as reduce stress by calming and relaxing the mind. Holy basil can help promote numerous psychological benefits such as antidepressant activity, and enhancements to memory and cognitive function. (1) 200mg of holy basil extract has been added to Stress Defy to help combat both mental and physical stress.
Rhodiola Rosea is also a medicinal adaptogenic herb. Historically, it’s been used to help boost the body’s defenses against stress. Rhodiola may also help relieve anxiety, mental fatigue, and depression. Mental stress can cause brain fog and the inability to focus and/or make decisions. A 2018 study evaluated the effectiveness of rhodiola rosea supplementation for reaction time and accuracy in psychomotor tests. Twenty-six healthy male students were given 600mg of rhodiola rosea extract compared to a placebo group. Results indicated rhodiola rosea shortened reaction time as well as total response time. Correct responses were also observed in the rhodiola rosea group. (2) Stress Defy included 250mg of rhodiola rosea extract to not only help with the effects of cortisol from stress, but also to assist with focus and improved mental clarity.
Another ingredient included in Stress Defy to help the body adapt is l-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that has beneficial effects on both the mental and physiological signs of stress, such as reducing blood pressure and heart rate. L-theanine has been found to induce a state of calmness and relaxation without the effect of drowsiness. (3) Additionally, l-theanine has the power to alter brain waves in a way that may induce a return to an “alpha” wave pattern. Alpha waves appear when our body and mind are both entirely calm. An increase in serotonin production is also linked to this wave pattern, commonly referred to as wakeful relaxation.
Stress Defy has combined ingredients that work together to help combat stressors and reduce tension in the body, which may lead to less anxiety, better sleep, and a positive mood.