Herbs & Supplements
Build on the basics
A good multivitamin is the MVP of your supplement stash, but, according to Ross, not all multis are created equal. Look for one with at least 50 mg of B6 and 50 mg of vitamin B5. For maximum benefit, Ross suggests spreading your daily intake across four to six doses. And because your adrenals utilize 90 percent of the vitamin C you consume, she suggests taking an additional supplement containing 1,000 mg of vitamin C.
Cultivate everyday calm
To counterbalance stress at work, Ross recommends 100 mg daily of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)—a chewable amino-acid tablet that neutralizes adrenaline and helps you stay sane when faced with a raging boss or missed deadline. "Our clients use it right before they go into a stressful meeting or even during the meeting," says Ross. "It goes right into your brain, so you can feel relaxed right away without losing mental sharpness."
Beat the blues
Herbal adaptogens such as roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) can smooth out jangled nerves and ease panic and anxiety. Take 200 to 600 mg roseroot and 300 to 400 mg of ginseng. To treat chronic stress and mild depression, Ross recommends restocking your body with serotonin-fueling amino acids, such as 5HTP and L-tryptophan. For the best daily results, take 50 to 200 mg and 500 to 2,000 mg, respectively.