Natural Mood Supplements
There are dozens of natural ways to boost your mood and energy, but the first priority is to make sure your body has enough of what it needs to make you feel your best. These crucial supplements are all readily available and relatively in expensive.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
A growing body of research is confirming the positive effects of omega 3’s on mood – especially EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – Try to find a supplement with a high percentage of EPA.
Next to magnesium deficiency, vitamin D is the most seriously lacking vitamin in most people. It is the “Sunshine” vitamin, and usually a D deficiency goes hand in hand with low serotonin. A lack of vitamin D is sometimes mistaken for clinical depression. Take at least 200mg each day.
A B12 deficiency is highly correlated with depression – especially in older women. B vitamins are important for converting food into energy. A low level will make you lethargic. Take a multi B or have a 5-Hour Energy shot.
GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter that has a relaxing and calming effect on the nervous system. Anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax target the GABA pathways. Take 2000 mg before bed or when feeling anxious.
SAM-e synthesizes the various neurotransmitters in your brain – including serotonin and dopamine – causing your neurons to fire on all cylinders. It has shown to be effective in patients who do not respond well to antidepressants.
Your body needs the amino acid tryptophan to produce serotonin. It is sometimes blocked by the other, more prevalent proteins. Take at least 500mg everyday. You can also take 1500 before bedtime.
5HTP is the intermediary chemical between tryptophan and serotonin. It is extremely bioavailable and converts immediately into serotonin.
Over 50% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Some health officials consider it an epidemic. Things like alcohol, caffeine and everyday stress can deplete your body if it. A low level of magnesium can cause anxiety, hyperactivity and lack of sleep. Take at least 300 mg/day.
B vitamins are the catalysts that convert nutrients into energy. 6 and 3 are especially important when it comes to emotional well being.
L-theanine is a relaxing amino acid that calms the central nervous system. It is extremely beneficial because it reduces stress without sleepiness. It is difficult to get from diet, however. Green and black tea contain low levels, but also have caffeine. Try a supplement of 100 -200 mg.