If you are feeling down and in need of a boost, it may be that your diet is lacking in certain nutrients. Most of us know that exercise, adequate sleep and stress-relief all impact how we feel. However, research suggests that the food we consume can also play a large role in our mental wellbeing. For example, deficiencies in various vitamins and minerals can lead to periods of low mood and depression. Supplements are a great way to prevent any micronutrient shortfalls.
Here are our top 5 supplements designed to support your mood and everyday health:
These calming capsules contain the minerals magnesium and zinc. When deficient in magnesium, serotonin levels decrease. (1) Serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in mood stabilisation, meaning deficiencies may lead to fatigue, irritability and lack of concentration.
Zinc deficiencies have also been associated with increased depressive symptoms, while zinc supplementation has been reported to enhance mood. (2) Magnesium and zinc provide support to normal psychological and cognitive function. 3
To further boost serotonin levels, Myvitamins Relax capsules contain 5-HTP; a by-product of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is a pre-cursor to serotonin, meaning increasing intake of this amino acid may improve mood and reduce depressive symptoms. 4
Tryptophan is abundant in many protein-rich foods, such as turkey, eggs, milk and salmon. Lots of these foods are sourced from animals. However, the Myvitamins Relax capsules are vegetarian and vegan-friendly, meaning plant-based eaters can obtain adequate levels of this amino acid with ease.