Having a somewhat uncooperative brain, I have spent many years investigating various supplements that may help to alter my mood or aleviate various symptoms of my mental illness.
Like many that suffer with depression, a large contributory factor to it is stress and anxiety. In recent years – and with the help of Vikki – I have discovered the three supplements that I have found to have an extremely positive effect on my mood. I would even go so far to say that this combination has been transformative and lifechanging.
All the supplements I am about to mention are easy to find and relatively cheap. I would always suggest that you buy from a repuatable source, preferably a brand that you know and trust. There are a lot of inferior supplements that come in from overseas which will do no more than relieve you of cash. I should also say, for spurious legal reasons, that I am not a doctor so you should always check with a health practitioner before adding supplements to ensure that they won’t mess around with any medication you are on.
That BS out of the way, here is what I have found works for me. In no particular order:
1) 5-HTP – The main function of 5-HTP is to increase seratonin levels. Seeing as a lot of depressive issues are due to low seratonin, it is easy to see why this is one of the most commonly used supplement to help with mood.
2) L-Theanine – I have been on this for several years now and have found it to be extremely calming. The effect it has on me is to be able to handle stressful situations more easily. Of course, I will still get stressed but am able to navigate my way through troublesome situations more easily which, in turn, helps me to do what is necessary to remove or fix the stressful situation.
3) Tryptophan – This is a brand new addition for me, and I love it! You have most likely heard of tryptophan before as it is often heralded as the substance found in turkey or lettuce that makes you feel drowsy. Having recently had sleep problems, I decided to look into tryptophan to see if it could help, it was then that I discovered it to be the pre-cursor to seratonin and helped with mood. Like 5-HTP, the increase in seratonin is very welcome. However, I have found this to have a different affect on my mood to 5-HTP, namely that it has made me much friendlier and less argumentative. Arguing is a pointless activity that does nothing other than create tension between the warring parties so it is a happy subtraction.
There you have it. The above are the supplements I will happily spend my money on and will not do without. I strongly believe that they do an awful lot for me and will go far in helping me eventually overcome my depressive illnesses by re-wiring my brain. The longer I am happy, upbeat and positive, the stronger those positive neural pathways will become.