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Support your nervous system

In this series, women’s wellbeing expert Henrietta Norton examines an area of women’s health and offers her perspective and advice. Here, she focuses on the nutritional changes and lifestyle tweaks we should consider to improve our mood, and limit the damage caused by stress and anxiety

Ashwagandha is a herb with incredible qualities. It acts as a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) mimetic, effective at reducing symptoms of anxiety and stress, and supports mental focus and wellbeing. Studies have also demonstrated its ability to reduce anxiety, depression and stress by 71 per cent over eight weeks.

B vitamins are essential for energy production, the normal functioning of the nervous system and (vitamin B5 in particular) the production of the glucocorticoid hormones, such as cortisol, in the adrenals. Sources include whole grains, eggs, beans and lentils, a range of vegetables, fish and meat. A vitamin B complex supplement can be supportive.

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