The Good Mood Guide: Discover Your Best Self!
bout 21 million American adults suffer from mood disorders such as depression and bipolar, and 40 million have an anxiety disorder. What's worse, a report last year by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) found that 40 percent of Americans are more anxious than they were the previous year. As for stress: three out of four adults say they're stressed, 45 percent report lying awake at night, and 36 percent say they feel nervous or anxious.
What all this means is that more than a third of Americans struggle with depression, anxiety, or stress-- and sometimes, all three. If you're among them, you don't have to suffer.
Natural herbs, vitamins, and supplements can calm anxiety, soothe stress and ease depression without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Check with your doctor first to identify serious disorders, and if you're taking prescription medication, rule out any interactions. Then try these moods fixing solutions to feel better faster and naturally.
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This flowering vine (Passiflora incarnata) grows throughout South America and in some parts of the southern United States. It's been used in traditional herbal medicine for hundreds of years for a variety of conditions, and modern studies document the effectiveness of passionflower in relieving stress and anxiety.
Passionflower appears to work by increasing the brain's levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) a compound that helps regulate mood. Some research shows that passionflower is as effective as prescription anti-anxiety medications without causing sedation or impacting job performance. It's also helpful in promoting sleep. In one study people who drank passionflower tea daily reported significant improvements in sleep quality.
HOW TO TAKE IT: Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily.
This traditional Ayurvedic remedy is considered an adaptogen --a substance that normalizes and balances the body's own systems and stabilizes the body's response to stress. It's rich in withanolides the active compounds in the ashwagandha root, and appears to work by regulating chemical signaling in the nervous system.
Ashwagandha has effects on anxiety similar to those of prescription benzodiazepines. Studies show that ashwagandha extract improves resistance to stress and quality of life, and one review concluded that ashwagandha was significantly more effective than a placebo or psychotherapy at relieving anxiety and stress. Another study found that ashwagandha reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and significantly lowered stress and anxiety It may also act as a mood stabilizer in treating symptoms of depression.
HOW TO TAKE IT: Take 2 Vegcaps daily.
This compound is naturally produced in the body from methionine an amino acid found in certain foods. It is important for many key cellular functions. Researchers suggest that it may influence the expression of genes involved in depression, impact receptors and structures that transport neurotransmitters, or help create neurotransmitters. In one study, 36 percent of people taking SAMe with an antidepressant showed improvement compared with a control group that took a placebo with the antidepressant. Additionally, 26 percent of the SAMe own group experienced a complete remission response of symptoms. One analysis found that taking SAMe resulted in clinically meaningful benefits to depressed patients.
HOW TO TAKE IT: Studies have used 200-1.600 mg daily to help with depression. If you have bipolar disorder ask your doctor before taking SAMe, and don't take SAMe with prescription antidepressants or antipsychotics. Some studies also suggest that you shouldn't take SAMe with St. John's wort. If your good to go, Take 1 tablet once or twice daily on an empty stomach with 8 oz. water. For best results, take SAM-e with folic acid and vitamin B12.
CAUTION: If you are taking prescription antidepressants or have bipolar (manic) depression, consult your physician before or during the use of this product. Pregnant or lactating women should consult their health care provider prior to taking this supplement.
These fatty acids found naturally in fish have been shown to calm anxiety, ease depression, and improve mood. They work partly by reducing stress hormones, decreasing brain inflammation, and supporting effect neurotransmitter function. Research suggests that people with different forms of depression, including minor depression, postpartum depression and suicidal ideation, may have lower levels of omega-3s in their bodies. A number of studies show that omega-3 supplements have significant effects on reducing depression and managing symptoms of bipolar disorder.
In one review, researchers found that people people who took omega-3s showed significant improvement compared to those who were taking a placebo, and those with bipolar depression showed 50 percent improvement. In another study lower omega 3 supplements were as effective as a common antidepressant.
HOW TO TAKE IT: Make sure your products have been independently tested and guaranteed (just like ours,) and to be free of heavy metals and other environmental toxins; aim for 700-1.000 mg of EPA and 200-500 mg of DHA daily. Or, if taking NSP + Clean Start Products, Take 1 softgel capsule with a meal two or three times daily.
St. John's Wort Concentrate Time-Release
It is important to note that although research has proven the clinical effectiveness of St. John's wort as equal to conventional antidepressants, there is a significant advantage to
using the herb simply due to its lack of side effects.
Supports the nervous system.
Supports occasional stress.
Balances the emotions.
Improves feelings of well-being.
HOW TO TAKE IT:
Take 1 tablet in the morning and 1 in the evening with water for all-day, all-night support.
CAUTION: While taking this product, avoid exposure to strong sunshine and tanning rays or tanning salons. It is advisable to wear sunglasses when being exposed to strong sunlight conditions. Consult your health care provider before using this product if you are taking prescription antidepressant drugs, including SSRIs and MAOIs. Not recommended for use by pregnant or lactating women. Keep out of the reach of children.
Hydroxytryptophan is an important neurotransmitter that is converted into serotonin in the body. Improve your appetite, mood and sleep with 5-HTP Power.
May help support mood and sleep.
Helps the body adapt to stress.
Supports the nervous and structural systems.
HOW TO TAKE IT: Take one capsule with a meal three times daily. The 35 mg of 5-HTP in this product allows flexibility when adjusting serving size.
Nutri-Calm is a unique formulation, containing C and B-Complex vitamins along with natural extracts, designed to maintain a sense of calm and peace of mind. It contains vitamin C,
thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin, B6, folic acid, B12, biotin and pantothenic acid, plus schizandra fruit, choline, inositol, bee pollen, PABA, lemon bioflavonoids, valerian root extract, passionflower flowers extract and hops flowers extract.
Supports the nervous system
A natural formulation designed to maintain a sense of calm and peace of mind
May be used for occasional stress
HOW TO TAKE IT: Take 1 tablet with a meal three times daily.
These products are different than supplements you may have tried and generally are more potent. These products are truly Standardized and have a powerful physiologic effect as formulated and recommended. DO NOT assume that just because you purchased similar supplements in the past, they will have the same effect.
DO NOT experiment with dosages. Take only as directed under the supervision of a health care provider. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.