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Nutritionist Rates 13 Popular Mood & Anxiety Natural Remedies

Not feeling well is not fun.

We shouldn’t have to go through life suffering anxiety spells or chronic low moods. All of us just want to feel our best and live enjoyable, productive lives.

Stress, anxiety, and depressed moods are holding many people back from living fulfilling lives. Their days are interrupted by moods and anxieties that steal their joy and interfere with their performance.

Causes of Anxiety and Low Mood

Let’s be real - there can be many biological factors that can contribute to mood disturbance. That makes addressing this issue seem a little complicated.

Nevertheless, we can do our best to naturally address some of the most common causes.

Psychologically, there’s only one cause for low mood and anxiety - stress!

Biologically, things can get a little more complicated. Here’s a few physical reasons for mood disturbances:

  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Inflammation
  • Low Thyroid Hormones
  • Low Sex Hormones
  • Excessive Stress Hormones
  • Neurotransmitter Imbalance (Low Serotonin Etc.)
  • Toxicity (Heavy Metal Poisoning Etc.)
  • Mitochondrial Dysfunction

There’s a few things to think about.

So are there any natural remedies that can help to fight stress, balance out biological imbalances, improve your mood, and relieve anxiety? Yes, there are.

The evidence suggests that there are indeed effective remedies out there. We’ll also look at some popular remedies and decide whether they’re as helpful as they’re made out to be.

Popular Remedies: How Do They Rate?

1. Green or Black Tea (For Uplifting Mood)

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Since ancient times, tea has been revered as a tonic for the mindƗ. Buddhist monks throughout Asia praised it to “relieve exhaustion and restore inner peace”Ɨ [1]. Tract after tract of ancient monk writings tell of tea’s many positive effects on the mind like opening up the drinker to experiencing beauty!

Modern research backs up the claims of ancient monks and shows that tea has an amazing balancing effect on the brain - it doesn’t just hype you up like coffee.

The moderate amount of caffeine stimulates the brain, the L-theanine amino acid balances the effects of the caffeine by putting the brain into a relaxed state [2]. A large analysis of over a decade studies shows a significantly reduced risk of depression - 37% less if you drink 3 cups of green tea a dayƗ [3].

2. Lavender (Effective)

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One incredible study showed that pills of lavender oil worked as well as an anti-anxiety medication for generalized anxietyƗ [4]. Other studies have validated this effect, so the use of lavender oil orally shows promise in calming your nervesƗ [5].

Though, inhaling lavender essential oil isn’t always effective at relieving anxiety [6]

3. Valerian (For Anxiety)

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Valerian is a popularly recommended herb for anxiety and sleep but a huge research analysis has shown that there is “insufficient” evidence for any effectiveness against anxiety [7]. Valerian does seem to have some effectiveness in reducing insomniaƗ [7].

4. Fish Oil (For Depression)

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You brain is literally made out of fish fat - the DHA omega 3 fat that’s in seafood makes of around 40% of fat in your brain. Your neurons need the fat in fish to best receive and release neurotransmitters [8].

In short, fats from fish provide the structural framework for your brain cells and help curb inflammation that can lead to depressionƗ. But it might be best to not expect dramatic benefits in mood from taking fish oil because studies have shown conflicting results [9].

5. Magnesium

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Isn’t magnesium just a mineral? How would it help with a complicated problems like anxiety and depression?

It turns out that magnesium is deeply implicated in the workings of your cells. Over 300 enzymes in the body rely on magnesium to fulfill their duties and magnesium plays a vital role in your brain functioning. 

Mood-improving potential of magnesium compounds have been confirmed by the results of numerous pre-clinical and clinical studies” researchers summarize [10].

“Magnesium is effective for mild-to-moderate depression in adults” researchers boldly claimƗ [11]. Magnesium probably works in many ways, including lowering inflammation and moderates neurotransmitter signallingƗ.

6. Ashwagandha

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Ashwagandha, an ancient Indian herb, is a powerful tool in relieving anxiety and blunting the stress that creates low moodsƗ.

Stress blunts your neurons’ abilities to receive neurotransmitters and the effect is that you’ll feel like crap if you’ve been stressed out for a long time.

In numerous studies on humans, ashwagandha significantly reduced stress hormonesƗ [12][13]. Importantly, ashwagandha also has anti-anxiety effects on our brains, as it can mimic the calming neurotransmitter GABA, which is similar to how some anti-anxiety medications workƗ [14].

7. GABA

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GABA is a calming neurotransmitter. Think of it as putting the breaks on your brain and the rest of your nervous system. GABA supplements are evidenced to calm the nervous systemƗ [15]. It’s not totally clear if GABA supplements reach the brain, but if they can calm the rest of your nervous system, your body will enjoy a break from feeling frantic.

8. Chamomile

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Chamomile is a calming herb that you have probably seen in herbal mixtures and teas that are supposed to ease you into sleep at night. This herb has long been used as a “mild sedative to calm nerves and reduce anxiety, to treat hysteria”Ɨ [16]. Studies certainly show that chamomile extract can take the edge off of general anxietyƗ [17].

9. 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)

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This compound is in your body naturally and is a direct precursor of the calming neurotransmitter serotonin. People who are frazzled, uneasy, anxious, stressed, and depressed often have low levels of serotonin, and 5-HTP will help boost this feel good neurotransmitter.

Researchers demonstrated 5-HTP’s anti-stress effects on young people who were suffering from romance stressƗ [18]. A review of 5-HTP studies also shows that it works better than placebo at improving depressive symptomsƗ [19].  

10. Folic Acid

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Researchers have correlated anxiety with deficiency in this B vitamin [20]. Folic acid is involved  in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, and obsessive-compulsive disorder is associated with deficiency as wellƗ [20].

All indications are that you need folic acid to feel centered and not neurotic!

11. Vitamin B12

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Vitamin B12 is needed for the synthesis of the calming serotonin neurotransmitter and other feel-good neurotransmitters [20]. B12 deficiency is associated with anxiety and depressionƗ [20].

12. Vitamin B6

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Stress depletes this vitamin in the body [21]. And supplementation with vitamin B6 has also been shown to reduce stressƗ [21]. B6 is involved in the health maintenance of the nervous system and in the synthesis of anti-anxiety neurotransmitters.

13. St. John’s Wort

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A huge review of 35 studies examining 6993 people taking St. John’s Wort showed that the herb was significantly effective at relieving symptoms of mild to moderate depression Ɨ[22].

St. John’s Wort probably has similar effects as antidepressant medications in that it prevents the reuptake of neurotransmitters [23]. This means basically that feel-good neurotransmitters are kept in action, communicating between neurons, instead of just being stored for later use.

Do you often feel stressed or anxious?

Your busy, hectic lifestyle is stressful enough without your body adding to it.

But sometimes, for reasons beyond our control, our brains think we’re in a life-or-death situation (when we’re really just getting a coffee with friends!), and release stress hormones that cause feelings of anxiety, panic and mood swings.

But now, you can naturally relax and calm your overactive mind with MoodMend, by Nutracraft. Formulated with all-natural ingredients including Ashwagandha, St Johns Wort, B-vitamins, GABA and chamomile, Moodmend works with your body to provide a sense of calm and relaxation, without added drowsiness or grogginessƗ.

Moodmend helps to naturally boost serotonin levels in your body as well, giving you a more positive outlook and a feeling of overall happiness and confidenceƗ. Serotonin is your body’s natural “feel good” chemical, and works to help stabilize and balance your mood. Moodmend also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that help further nourish your body and promote a healthy, stress-free sleepƗ.

Ready to start your day calm, relaxed and confident -- without relying on questionable energy drinks or junk food to give you that “jump-start” you need?

Try MoodMend today risk-free for a full 60 days. If you don’t feel calmerƗ, more relaxedƗ and less stressedƗ, simply send us the empty bottle back for a full refund of your purchase price.

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Evan has years of experience researching and writing about the health effects of food and nutritional supplements. He is especially passionate about nutritional pharmacology and the bioavailability, efficacy, and actions of supplements. He wants to spread knowledge about how effective diet and supplements can be at treating ailments and promoting well-being. Learn more about Evan here.

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