Natural Mood Enhancers – How To Improve Your Mood (By 200%?) 4.86/5 (7)

Are there any natural mood enhancers that can dramatically improve our mood? Let’s find out. 

Natural mood enhancers can dramatically improve your mood

I would recommend taking several mood enhancers simultaneously 


Sometimes it takes a while to feel the effect of natural mood enhancers

I’d recommend cycling enhancers and nootropics

Imagine a perfect morning – the morning sun wakes you up after you had a perfect sleep. You wake up full of energy with a joy in your hands and love in your eyes. As soon as you get up you start completing your daily tasks and before you even realize it, you’ve accomplished your goals and you’re ready to spend your free time doing whatever your heart feels like.

Natural mood enhancers

Natural mood enhancers

So, what can we do and which natural mood enhancers should we take to make most mornings as close to our perfect morning as possible?

1. Natural Mood Enhancers

Let’s look at the most promising mood enhancers which could turn our bad days into (at least) good days.

Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort)

is an anti-depressant herb that is commonly used for its neurological effects. While it appears effective, it is well known to adversely interact with a variety of pharmaceuticals. You should definitely talk to your doctor before trying St. John’s Wort.

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)

is a methyl donating compound that circulates in the blood and provides methyl groups to maintain other metabolic reactions. Lowered SAMe levels are associated with depressive symptoms, and supplementation may aid a partial deficiency.

B vitamins

B vitamins are essential for cell metabolism and central nervous system maintenance. Enough of B vitamins can help to stabilize nerve cell membranes. I usually take Vitamin B-Complex, which combines all important B vitamins.

Vitamin D

Supplemental vitamin D is associated with a wide range of benefits, including increased cognition, immune health, bone health, and well-being. Supplementation can also reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. People deficient in vitamin D may also experience increased testosterone levels after supplementation.

I made a not-so-smart test last summer. I spent most of the time outside in nature for about a week, so I got plenty of sunshine (and consequently my body absorbed lots of vitamin D). After a week I took about 20000 IU of vitamin D (2-10x more than recommended) in a combination with a short espresso. I’m not sure if it was the espresso or the combination, but my heart started beating like crazy and I couldn’t calm down for several hours. It was one of the strongest sensations I have ever felt.

Fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids)

Fish oil is a general health supplement and is taken as a source of omega-3 fats. It is generally not needed if one eats enough fatty fish but can be useful for certain populations. While I haven’t found a study that proves taking fish oil increases our mood, many scientists and doctors recommend it. Besides, I’ve been taking omega-3 fatty acids for about 2 years in combination with other nootropics and those were the most productive 2 years of my life.

Lavandula, or lavender

is a genus of plants used for essential oil and aromatherapy. Lavender supplementation can temporarily alleviate anxiety. Though lavender does not have a sedative effect, lavender aromatherapy can improve sleep quality, as well as reduce insomnia. Some evidence suggests lavender can increase slow-wave sleep patterns. I would not recommend doing lavender aromatherapy in the morning since you want to get into the hyper-productive mood (at least I do), but it’s a great natural mood enhancer for the evening. I just started experimenting with essential oils and so far I love it!

Vitamin C

According to this one study, people who took 500 mg of vitamin C twice daily, had their mood improved. I rarely take Vitamin C just as a single supplement, but I often get it in a combination with Vitamin D, Omega-3, and other nootropics.

2. Advanced Natural Mood Enhancers 

Sometimes we’re in a hurry and we just need a quick natural booster or mood enhancer to help us get through the day. In this case, I’d recommend more advanced natural mood enhancers:

Caffeine

Caffeine comes from coffee beans, but it can also be synthesized in a laboratory. It has the same structure whether it’s in coffee, energy drinks, tea or pills. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant, and it can be used to improve physical strength and endurance. It is classified as a nootropic because it sensitizes neurons and provides mental stimulation.

Personally, I’m a big fan of caffeine. It always dramatically improves my mood (even when I have no energy whatsoever), but because I become dependent very quickly, I’ve decided to cycle drinking coffee – I usually drink coffee 5 days in a week and the other 2 days I either rely on green tea, Yerba mate tea or I’m “clean”.

To get the most out of your morning coffee, check out the Bulletproof Coffee >>

Kava

Kava is a herb that has traditionally been drunk as a hypnotic and anxiety reducer. It has been shown effective in reducing anxiety, sometimes at a potency similar to pharmaceuticals; may be a cognitive enhancer, but not completely safe.
According to experts, a dose up to 300mg /day (3 doses x 100mg) will do the work for you. However, I’d definitely recommend talking to your doctor before trying Kava.

Theanine

Theanine is a relaxing and nondietary amino acid found pretty much exclusively in teas from Camellia sinensis (alongside green tea catechins and caffeine) and is known to promote relaxation without sedation. It appears to be effective at this as well as reducing stress at standard dosages.

If normal green tea won’t give you enough boost, I would recommend trying Yerba Mate tea. Trust me, you might not like the taste, but I’ll definitely boost your energy and improve your mood.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba is a herb that can be supplemented for cognitive enhancement or to alleviate cognitive decline. For cognitive enhancement, take 120-240 mg, one to four hours before the performance. To alleviate cognitive decline in older adults, take 40-120 mg, three times a day.

I’ve been taking Gingko Biloba in a combination with other nootropics for years and I’ve never noticed any negative side-effects, so I’d definitely recommend it.

5-HTP

5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter sometimes touted to be responsible for happiness. It is a simple way to increase brain serotonin levels by bypassing the rate-limiting step, and users reap either the rewards or the hazards of increased brain serotonin.
Studies show a lot of potential in 5-HTP, but keep in mind it still lacks some research. I’ve never tried 5-HTP as a single compound, so I cannot judge its effectiveness.

3. Nootropics or Smart drugs (the most advanced mood enhancers)

Well, when neither natural mood enhancers nor advanced natural mood enhancers help, there are always some other solutions available.

You can go for advanced nootropic stacks or you can try different smart drugs (which are not really natural mood enhancers, but they do the job).

When we talk nootropic stacks, there are several alternatives available. Here you can find my favorite stacks.

When it comes to smart drugs, I’d like to point you to Modafinil.

Modafinil is a prescription medicine for narcoleptics that increases alertness and prevents sleep. In addition, Modafinil also increases cognition and memory. It is known as one of the most effective smart smart drugs available on the market.

If caffeine is a BMW, think of Modafinil as a Bugatti (the fastest car in the world). Yup, Modafinil is so much stronger.

However, Modafinil is basically a drug, not really a natural mood enhancer, so be careful with experimenting.

Natural mood enhancers review

Natural mood enhancers review

4. Which natural mood enhancers do I usually take?

Well, for most of the days, I usually take a mix of Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Omega-3, Vitamin B-Complex and I add some other nootropics to the mix.

This is often changing, so check out my current supplements here >>

I take lots of nootropics on a daily basis which I combine with drinking Bulletproof Coffee, Yerba Mate Tea and Green Tea.

I’d recommend testing several ingredients before you make your final decision. Also, keep on cycling them (5 days on, 2 days off) just to be on the safe side.

 5. What else can you do to improve your mood?

I can think of at least a dozen things that’ll help you improve your mood in a natural way. Let me mention my 5 most recommended tricks & tips:

Mindfulness meditation

Yes, meditation works. And yes, you should do it. It takes you only a couple of minutes per day to completely relax and free your mind. Honestly, this is one of the most effective natural mood enhancers.

Meditation

Meditation

Running in the nature (or training in the gym)

I know, you’ve heard about it before. But still, we often forget about the power of running or training. No matter if you prefer running in nature or training in the gym, any kind of physical activity is great to improve your mood. Just push yourself to your limits for at least one month in a row and you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Running

Running

Cold showers

As far as I know, it is scientifically proven that cold showers can improve our mood and energy levels. While I definitely hate cold showers, I still take them now and then. You can feel your heart pumping blood in your brains faster than ever before. And as soon as you get warm, you’ll feel much better (probably because you almost froze to death a second ago, but it doesn’t really matter..)

Cold showers

Cold showers

Drink more water

If I take all my supplements, go to the gym and take a cold shower, but I’m still not in the mood, it is usually because I forgot to drink water. It happens to me at least once a month, so if you feel grumpy, think about when was the last time you were drinking water that day.

Drink water

Drink water

Take a power nap

Last but not least, taking a power nap is definitely one of the most effective ways to improve your mood (and it is a natural mood enhancer) that I recommend. You can read more about power naps here >>

Power nap

Power nap

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By |2019-06-12T16:39:46+00:00December 26th, 2017|Categories: Nootropics|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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