Our modern way of life can cause many situations that create stress and fatigue. Among these, professional commitment is often considered as one of the main causes of both mental and physical tiredness. So, in the developed countries, it is estimated that close to a third of the population will at some time be affected by the effects of stress or fatigue. In the very short term, stress is a mean of defence that may have beneficial effects on the body. However, on longer term, the body, in setting up these adaptive mechanisms, is going to use up a huge amount of energy. Fortunately natural solutions exist. ASHWAGANDHA Nature is full of beneficial plants. Among these, some enable the body to deal with stress. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera L.) is commonly known as Indian ginseng. This plant has traditionally been used in India for centuries for its many benefits. Among these, Ashwagandha’s role in optimal relaxation and maintaining energy has been the subject of studies more recently. *It has been scientifically demonstrated that Ashwagandha helps to improve the body’s resistance to stress and contributes to maintain physical and mental capacities in case of tiredness. SOD Oxygen is essential for healthy cell function. However, its use in producing energy in mitochondria also leads to the production of molecules called free radicals. These molecules are taken over by a specific cell mechanism which enables them to be neutralised. This is made up of a chain of reactions requiring the presence of specific enzymes : antioxidants. Certain factors such as pollution, smoking, sunlight and stress can alter the operation of this protection system. If this happens, the cellular constituents are exposed to the oxidizing properties of the free radicals: this is known as oxidative stress. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is a molecule of natural origin, extracted from a variety of melon (Cucumis melo L.) specially selected for its high content in antioxidants.
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