8 Nutritional Supplements That Can Improve Mood and Reduce Stress
Is there really any question that 2020 has not been one of the most stressful years to date? Maybe not for you, if you are one of the lucky ones, but unfortunately, we are confident the majority of society might agree with that claim.
Whether it be the changes to the work environment, the closing of business, schools, restaurants, etc or the Coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe, there have been more major life changes forced upon society, all at once, than possibly any other time in history.
There is little doubt that even the most basic of things known to help reduce stress, such as regular exercise, adequate sleep and good nutrition have also been impacted during these times.
When you put these two dynamics together, more stressful environment and life, less ability to combat such stress, as one normally would, it is easy to see how much more on edge and unhappy people could possibly be these days.
Since we know stress can not only have a short-term impact on our health and well-being, but a long-term impact as well, it might make sense to start looking for additional ways to reduce your anxiety levels and improve your mood, no?
If you are even remotely interested in doing so, you might find these 8 nutritional supplements to be very beneficial to your goal…
This amino acid plays a huge role in brain chemicals and health. L-tyrosine acts as a precursor to some of the most important neurotransmitters in your brain, including dopamine, norepinephrine and adrenaline.
If you routinely drink green tea, you’ve likely felt the calming effects of L-Theanine.
This amino acid is a natural component of tea leaves that encourages relaxation and mental focus.
In addition, when L-Theanine is combined with caffeine, it has been shown to improve memory and reduce mental fatigue.
Do you know that relaxed feeling you get from a glass a wine? How about a nutritional supplement that can provide almost the exact same results?
Kavalactones, the active compounds in kava, have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety levels without the side effects or risk of addiction that typically comes with medications.
Kava is available as a tea, powder, capsule or tincture.
If you were to hold an MVP argument for minerals, Magnesium would certainly be in the discussion.
Although it is not a “sexy” supplement, it is, in fact, involved in everything from synthesizing proteins to regulating blood sugar and controlling neurons.
With that said, magnesium citrate specifically, has been shown to promote mental and muscle relaxation, as well as, reduce muscle cramping that typically occurs at night.
Adding magnesium citrate to your supplement routine might well help you feel more relaxed and sleep better at night.
Rhodiola is an herb that grows at high altitudes in places such as Russia or Asia. It’s an adaptogen — a natural, non-toxic herb that increases your body’s ability to combat stress.
Multiple studies show not only the benefits of Rhodiola Rosea, but more impressively the speed at which the benefits can be seen. Some showing improvements in just one week.
As an aside, the known powers of Rhodiola Rosea played a major role in our decision to make it one of the prime ingredients in our BoostMode nootropic blend. It simply couldn’t be left out, not matter what the cost.
Ashwagandha, a adaptogenic herb that has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries, is native to north Africa and India.
Like Rhodiola Rosea, Ashwagandha is thought to enhance the body’s resilience to both physical and mental stress.
Studies have shown, when compared with the placebo, supplementing with ashwagandha was strongly associated with greater reductions in stress, anxiety, and depression.
In addition, Ashwagandha was also linked to over a 20% reduction in morning levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
If you live, work or play in highly stressful situations, and/or, have trouble sleeping, we highly recommend adding 1-2 capsules to your pre-bed routine.
B vitamins are well-known to play an important role in metabolism, heart and brain health.
While B vitamins are routinely food in foods wish as grains, meats, legumes, eggs, dairy products, and leafy greens, one would have to make their consumption a specific target to ensure ample intake. This is where supplementing comes into play.
When you consider that high doses of B vitamins have been shown to improve symptoms of stress, such as mood and energy levels, by lowering blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, we think ample intake should be everyone’s goal.
There is no question, getting adequate amounts of quality sleep is important for reducing stress levels.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that helps regulate your body’s circadian rhythm, or sleep-wake cycle.
Increasing levels of this hormone, especially in the evening hours, will promote more peaceful, restful sleep patterns and improve wakefulness in the morning hours.
Studies on individual with sleep disorders have shown melatonin decreasing the amount of time it took people to fall asleep, increasing total sleep time, and improving overall sleep quality, when compared with a placebo.
Though melatonin is a natural hormone, supplementing with it does not affect your body’s production of it, nor is it habit-forming. Very good news on both counts.
Supplements Can Reduce Stress
As you can clearly see, there are a number of stress-reducing nutritional supplements that can help fight the anxiety battle.
If you are someone who feels as though you can benefit, start with one or two of the above, either individually or in a blend such as BoostMode or FocusRx (for women) and see for yourself what a more calmer, clearer you is capable of.
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Now, onward! You only have one life to live, one body to live it in...so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of "movement" daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water.
And, don’t forget, always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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