Our Top 5 Supplements to help Boost your Mood
Whether you are not sleeping as well as you’d like to be, dealing with higher than normal levels of stress or just feel a little drained all the time - nature might just have the answer to improve your overall mood.
A happy body means a happier you.
Here are our top picks to give you a much needed mood boost, because let's face it, the summer sun in the UK just doesn’t hang around long enough!
Our bodies are filled with Magnesium - it is the 4th most abundant mineral found in the human body. Most people get Magnesium from the food they eat, our ancient ancestors had plenty of Magnesium in their diets due to eating meats & vegetables rich with these minerals.
Today, with the rise of many more varying diets and modern farming techniques depleting our soils of much needed minerals, many more people may not be getting enough Magnesium in their diets.
How can Magnesium help mood?
Magnesium plays an important role in our brains to help prevent Calcium & Gluconate running wild with our NMDA receptors - these are basically responsible for our mood. Without sufficient Magnesium putting Calcium back to where it belongs in the body we will struggle to calm down and relax effectively.
Some studies have shown that supplementing our diets with a good quality Magnesium supplement often helped participants get a better nights sleep and relief from their stress and anxiety symptoms.
5HTP, or 5-Hydroxytryptophan to give it it’s full name, is an amino acid produced naturally in our bodies. Our bodies use 5HTP to produce serotonin - a chemical messenger which sends signals between our nerve cells.
How can 5HTP help mood?
While the exact cause of low mood symptoms in particular depression, are largely unknown, low serotonin levels in some studies have been linked with many symptoms like depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. An increase in 5HTP within our bodies can help promote an increase in serotonin, which in turn can boost our mood.
Vitamin B12 also known as Cobalamin is one of many essential vitamins which our bodies do not produce. Most people will get their needed B12 intake from meat & in certain vegetables. Many vegetarian & vegan diets do not allow our bodies to get enough of this essential vitamin.
How can Vitamin B12 help mood?
Vitamin B12 contributes to the reduction of tiredness & fatigue as documented by EFSA (The European Food Standards Agency) which can instantly improve our moods. On top of this it has been studied that Vitamin B12 plays a vital role in synthesising & metabolising serotonin, the chemical responsible for regulating mood.
Because of its wide-reaching roles within the body, a vitamin B12 deficiency can show up in many different negative symptoms, many of which are very noticeable, such as potential chronic fatigue, mood disorders like depression, and chronic stress or feeling run down.
Omega 3 fatty acids are not as their name suggests, these essential fats are not the same as the bad fat in food - they are polyunsaturated fatty acids: ALA, DHA & EPA and they aid in the optimal function of the human body, the most common source of Omega 3 is from fish oils.
How can Omega 3 help mood?
Long recognised for their heart-health benefits, omega-3 fatty acids are emerging as an effective therapy for mood disorders, due to our brain and nervous system being made mostly of fat - in fact our brain is 60% fat. By keeping our bodies reserve of essentially fatty acids topped up we improve the signals passed between the brain - improving our mood and all round wellbeing.
Ashwagandha otherwise known by its botanical name Withania Somnifera is a native plant to India & North Africa. Whilst not as well known in Europe as other plant supplements, people have been using this root for over 3000 years as a natural remedy against various ailments.
How can Ashwagandha help mood?
According to some studies Ashwagandha has been shown to help lower the levels of cortisol in the body - cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. By nourishing the nervous system and reducing stress in our bodies we sleep better, which in turn brings an overall improvement to our moods.
Established in 2014 with many more years experience in health & wellbeing, we are continually updating and revising our product ranges, looking for the best supplements and vitamins to help you live a healthier life.