Proceedings of The 11th International Conference on Research in Behavioral and Social Sciences
Managing Stress with Terpene-Based Functional Bars: An Open-Label Observational Study
Dr. Gil Lewitus, Dr. Victoria Yartemyk, Dovev Goldstein, Dr. Eddie Garber
Stress is a significant cause of long-term sickness, resulting in millions of lost working days. Prolonged exposure to stressful situations can lead to the development of various illnesses and have negative impacts on a person’s quality of life. The severity, timing, and type of stressful stimulus can affect different bodily domains, including sleep disturbances, fatigue, cognition, attention, muscle pain, among others. Moreover, stress affects individuals differently, making it difficult to find a one-size-fits-all solution. Despite advancements in psychoactive drug therapies, their use still has limitations. To address this issue, we developed a proprietary, unique terpene-based formulation and plant extracts that can alleviate the various consequences of stress. The formulation comprises five different terpenes with a set ratio and supplemented with plant extracts known for their anxiolytic effects. We infused the formulation into bars made of dates, cashews, sunflower seeds, and hazelnuts. We conducted an open-label, observational study for ten days in 216 healthy men and women with high stress levels, as measured by myAir evaluation tool and Garmin wearables. The study aimed to determine the impact of daily ingestion of these functional bars for five days. The study results showed that consuming these bars significantly reduced stress levels, as measured by Garmin wearables, after only five days. This study suggests that the use of our proprietary, unique terpene-based formulation and plant extracts in functional food bars may have beneficial effects on stress-related pathologies.
keywords: anxiolytic effects, plant extracts, terpenes, stress reduction, functional food bars