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Stressed? Getting to the Root of the Problem

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by St. Francis Herb Farm

Getting to the root of the problem

The stresses of life can affect our emotions, sleep, and general well-being. Strest® was created to reduce and relieve the negative effects of a busy life.

Stress and the immune connection

The US Centers for Disease Control report that a full 90% of all illness and disease is related to stress. Scientists have found a mechanism whereby chronic stress undermines immune function. According to them, chronic stress alters gene expression in monocytes, making the immune cells less responsive to the anti-inflammatory effects of cortisol and hyper-responsive to the pro-inflammatory cytokine NF-κB. The altered monocyte function thus creates a persistent pro-inflammatory state, a known risk factor for chronic disease.

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The Strest® solution

A World Health Organization review confirms that adaptogens improve physical and mental performance under stressful conditions and reduce the incidence of illness.

Adaptogens are thus the ideal moderator for effects typically linked with aging. Strest, St. Francis Herb Farm’s celebrated adaptogen formula, increases motivation, immune function, energy levels and well-being, as well as improving the ability to function effectively during stressful periods.

Strest’s unique formula incorporates holy basil and rhodiola. Research indicates that holy basil, a herb used for millennia in Ayurveda, surpasses 50 adaptogens screened for anti-stress activity. For its part, rhodiola has been found to heighten alertness and energy for at least 4-6 hours and has proven anti-depressant properties.

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Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
Schisandra berries


A plant that is native to the dry areas of India, the Middle East, and northern Africa, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) belongs to the Solanaceae or nightshade family.

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)

Eleuthero root has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. A woody shrub that hails from the forests of northeastern Asia, eleuthero is  an adaptogen used to increase stamina, as a tonic, and to boost overall health.

Schisandra berries

The bright red berries of this woody climbing vine that grows in the forested regions of northeastern China, as well as Russia. Schisandra berries have a long history of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Use it as an adaptogen and tonic to promote endurance, lower stress, and boost your immune system.

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