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
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.