Natural Mood-Enhancers

Life has a tendency to ruffle your feathers, to really get under your skin. Anxiety, depression, insomnia- they act like pesky telephone solicitors at times, paying no mind to when or where or how they get a hold of you, just as long as they do. Some people bite the bullet; others become overwhelmed and feel as though they have nowhere to turn for help.

But before you venture to a therapist for prescription anti-depressants, which can have dangerous and inconvenient side-effects, as well as cost you a fortune, perhaps you should take a look at a few remedies nature offers and see if one works for you.

One of the best ways to naturally improve your mood is through exercise and a healthy, nourishing diet. Vitamins B6, B12, D, Biotin (also good for hair, skin, and nails), and Folic acid also promote good mood.

Now let us a take a brief look at a few of nature’s other remedies for the blues:


S-adenoslymethionine ( or SAM-e) is a naturally occurring compound found in human cells, a derivative of the amino acid, methionine. SAM-e works by regulating various hormones and neurotransmitters in the body such as melatonin, serotonin, and dopamine. It has also been shown to be useful in supporting the health and functioning of the liver and joints. Research suggests that it has the power of prescription drugs used to treat depression without all the side-effects like weight gain and sexual dysfunction. (However, those with bipolar disorder should avoid using SAM-e, as it’s been shown to induce mania.)


5 HTP is a precursor to serotonin production, and its use has been shown to be effective in conditions such as depression, binge eating associated with obesity, chronic headaches, and insomnia 6. It also tones down anxiety by producing L-tryptophan, which results in feelings of calmness and cheerfulness. An upside to taking 5 HTP is that the effects of it are felt almost immediately (within 30 minutes to an hour); the downside: it can cause you to become drowsy.

There are several other natural mood enhancers you might want to check out as well, such as St. John’s wort, which is shown to improve well-being, or Valerian Root, which is used mostly for its sedative purposes.



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