Mood matters. When we think of dietary supplements we often think of the potential benefits to our physical wellness, but what about mood health? With more than 20 million American adults affected by mood disorders and another 40 million with anxiety disorders, it is important to discuss mood health. Even for individuals not affected by mood-related disorders, it may still be important for some to support this aspect of wellness with supplements. And while these supplements are not a replacement for traditional western treatments, let’s look at some of our favorite supplements for supporting mood health:
SAMe is a naturally occurring compound produced in the body from the essential amino acid methione as well as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a complex molecule that provides energy to drive many processes in living cells. Approximately half of the methione found in the typical adult diet is converted to SAMe in the liver to act as a methyl donor to promote the synthesis of neurotransmitters.* Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that balance signals between nerve cells and other cells in the body to impact both physical and psychological functions.* Natural levels of SAMe in the body can run low due to various factors such as aging and diet. Nature’s Lab SAMe supports the production of neurotransmitters by enhancing the binding of hormones and their specific cell receptors to promote healthy mood.* Nature’s Lab SAMe is made from high-quality SAMe made in Italy with strict and meticulous handling and production guidelines to deliver the highest quality SAMe.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb from India with a rich a rich history of use dating back thousands of years where it was used in herbal medicine to naturally counteract anxiety.* Considered an adaptogenic herb, the roots of this herb have been historically used to help adjust the body’s response to stress or changing environment.* Adaptogens help the body cope with external stressors such as toxins in the environment or poor diet, as well internal stresses such as anxiety or emotional turmoil.* Because it may help with feelings of anxiety, ashwagandha may also help promote relaxation.*
Boost Your Mood with Food
In addition to supplementing with vitamins, supporting mood with a healthy, well-rounded diet is also important.* Just like some foods can have a negative effect on your mood (think of the sugar crashes after indulging in too many sweets), certain foods msy contribute to positive mood health.* Try incorporating foods with omega-3s, probiotics, b vitamins, leafy green vegetables, vitamin D and healthy nutritious grains as part of a well-rounded diet. Also, start the morning off right with a healthy, nutritious breakfast to set the tone for the rest of the day.
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