Christmas is an exciting time of the year, with all the presents, the big Christmas day gathering and the parties.  However, behind all the excitement comes preparation, which can often leave you feeling stressed, depressed and exhausted. To help you cope with the increased demands and stress in the run up to Christmas, there are nutritional supplements which can help, allowing you the chance to enjoy the festivities.

L-Theanine – For the stress of Christmas Shopping

A nice cup of tea after a stressful days’ shopping can be a comforting thing to do and the reason is that tea contains an amino acid – L-Theanine, which is said to help you feel calmer. L-Theanine can help reduce heart rate and inhibit the release of the “stress hormone” cortisol. Research demonstrated that L-Theanine created ‘a sense of relaxation’ approximately 30-40 minutes after ingestion.

Milk Thistle – For Christmas overindulgence – A Seasonal Favourite!

Every Christmas many of us overindulge leaving us feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Milk Thistle is traditionally used to relieve the symptoms associated with the occasional over indulgence of drink, such as indigestion and stomach upset.

Studies have shown Milk Thistle can prevent toxins from entering the liver, as well as stimulating regeneration in liver cells. Furthermore it can also boost glutathione production – one of the liver’s hardworking detoxifying chemicals by up to 35%. Nature’s Best Milk Thistle is a high strength fruit extract available in film-coated, easy to swallow tablets.

St John’s Wort – To help cope with anxiety in the lead up to Christmas

St John’s Wort is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. Studies have shown people who take St John’s Wort show an improvement in mood, whilst symptoms such as tiredness, mild depression and poor sleep also decreased.

Valerian – Recharge your batteries in preparation for the busy Christmas period

A good night’s sleep is always in order to recharge our batteries in preparation for the hectic festive season. Valerian is a well known herbal sleep aid which has been used for centuries. It raises levels of the nerve chemical ‘gamma-aminobutyric’ calming the brain so sleep is aided naturally. Placebo-controlled studies have shown that sleep quality is improved – deeper and more restful – and it can also reduce the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.

Ginger – To help digest your Christmas lunch

We always feel that little bit fuller after our annual Christmas lunch, yet Ginger has been shown to enhance intestinal movements that aid digestion. It works directly on the gastrointestinal tract, effectively slowing the interaction between the stomach and the brain’s nausea centre by neutralising toxins.

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