OmniInsights Learning Center: Cognition, Stress, Mood, and Sleep

Cognitive health, stress, mood, and sleep are many times linked, and when there is disfunction in one, it might start or exacerbate already existing issues with another. It’s safe to say that most people have lived through this cycle: I’m in a bad mood and stressed so I can’t sleep. I didn’t sleep so I can’t think straight. I can’t think straight so now I’m in a bad mood and stressed. Repeat! And as the world deals with the upheaval and uncertainty of COVID-19 and the “new normal”, it’s no wonder people reported a jump in feeling “a lot of stress” from 35% in 2019 to 40% in 2020 (Gallup, 2021). Think that 5% isn’t a lot? It represents roughly 190 million people worldwide.

The supplement market is reflective of this growing consumer concern. A recent supplement market analysis featuring insights from Amazon showed that Ashwagandha, which is prized for it’s association with cognitive health, mental performance, mood and sleep health benefits, had a hearty 67% YoY growth moving into 2021 (ClearCut Analysis of Supplements, 2021).

OmniActive is dedicated to bringing premium, clinically demonstrated Specialty Actives such as Lutemax 2020,  Xtenergy, and enXtra to the market with clinically shown benefits to help reduce stress, promote calm and positive mood, and reduce serum cortisol, all of which are designed to help consumers better navigate a modern, busy lifestyle. Moreover, our Botanical Actives such as ashwagandha, bacopa, and deodorized valerian can help you meet consumer demand in these trending health benefit categories as well.

Gain insights from some of the latest reports, articles, and studies discussing the state of cognition, stress, mood, and sleep globally:

July 2021: enXtra WINS the 2021 Nutraingredients-US Ingredient of the Year award in the cognitive function category
Why was enXtra selected as the winner? Here’s what the judges had to say: “enXtra had that X-factor the judges were looking for: A natural, safe and effective alternative to caffeine supported by multiple human clinical studies and demonstrated commercial success in the market. The ingredient is positioned for energy and sports formulations, and our judges highlighted the ingredient’s potential as a game changer in the esport category.” Read more about why enXtra won now >>

June 2021: Energy plus: Shoppers demand more from today’s energy products
Nutritional Outlooks discusses how energy and cognitive ingredients can provide complementary benefits and how nootropic solutions like enXtra which help improve alertness, mood, and cognitive function continues to trend. Read the article now >>

June 2021: Effects of inadequate sleep on frequent mental distress
A recent study shared by the CDC examined the association between inadequate sleep and frequent mental distress in a population-based sample of US adults. Read the study now >>

April 2021: Gallup reports that 2020 was officially the most stressful year in recent history
The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated concerns about stress in a global context.  And with a globally interconnected economy and the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely not the last threat the world will face, understanding the effects of stress on people’s lives and behavior has become even more important. Read the blog now >>

Nov 2020: The effects of psychosocial stress on memory and cognitive ability: A meta-analysis
The impact of stress on cognitive abilities, such as memory, is well documented in animal studies but it is not yet clear how stress in human social interactions affects memory. This review systematically explored the evidence regarding the effects of psychosocial stress on memory and associated cognitive abilities. Read the study now >>

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