Do you know someone who struggles with anxiety or depression? Chances are very good that you do. From social concerns to personal stressors to chemical imbalances, there are lots of factors that can make someone feel sad, anxious or depressed. As a matter of fact, anxiety and depression are a lot more common than many people realize. But we’re not trying to bring you down, and the good news is that there are some things you can do that may help including taking a few specific vitamin supplements.
Today, we will use our blog to look at five vitamins that have a reputation for improving your outlook on life and take a little peek at the science behind how they work. It’s important to note that none of the items on our list have been proven to improve symptoms of depression, however, there have been studies conducted for all of them that show promise with further research. If you plan on adding any of these supplements into your diet for any reason, we recommend consulting with your primary care physician to determine the proper dosage levels for your needs.
If you need vitamin supplements and live in the Poughkeepsie area, House of Nutrition is the local vitamin supplement store here to provide you with the best selection and pricing on vitamin and nutritional supplements, organic dry groceries, and natural skin care products. Stop by or call us to learn more about our in-store experts and the products we carry.
Fish Oil Supplements
Despite the fact that it doesn’t taste great to most people, fish oil supplements are an important addition to most people’s diets. While Americans tend to be quite good at getting enough Omega-6 fatty acids from nuts and canola oil, we generally don’t get enough Omega-3 fatty acids — something that can be remedied with the right fish oil supplement from House of Nutrition in Poughkeepsie.
Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of the chemistry that allows our brains to send signals effectively. Without it, there is speculation that the neural processes don’t work as well, which can leave you feeling sluggish, and possibly even sad. There is a correlation between low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and brain chemicals that are also found in people who have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. However, no clear line between the two has been explicitly discovered as of yet.
B-complex Vitamin Supplements
While we know that ineffective neurotransmission is linked to anxiety and depression, the best ways to use natural supplements are not fully understood. The b-family of vitamins does, however, offer quite a bit of promise.
Vitamins B6 and B3 are both highly effective at helping your body store and conserve tryptophan, an important amino acid for the creation of serotonin. Seratonin is a key player in your happiness, and people who have low levels of it are significantly more prone to anxiety and depression. By keeping around more tryptophan for longer, your body may be able to naturally produce higher levels of serotonin and improve your mood.
Vitamin supplements that are high in B12 might also be pretty useful. Vitamin B12 and folic acid are important parts of the synthesis of two other neurotransmitters which might help your brain help you feel happier: norepinephrine and dopamine. A Dutch study in 2002 determined that many of the people who participated in the study showed a correlation of symptoms of depression and low levels of B12.
Amino Acid 5-HTP
5-HTP (amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan) is another way that you can try to improve your serotonin levels naturally. While some vitamin supplements like B6 and B3 effectively inhibit the uptake of tryptophan allowing it to stick around longer, 5-HTP actually adds in more of the amino acids that you need to make serotonin in the first place. Think of it as keeping the water in the tub running as opposed to plugging the drain.
Amino Acid Theanine
Theanine is another amino acid that might play an important role in helping you feel more relaxed, less anxious, and even happier. It is an established fact that theanine triggers the chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, in your brain. GABA serves to activate neurotransmitters that are known to calm and relax people. Unfortunately, the body prefers to make GABA on its own and is actually terrible at absorbing it from external sources. So if you’re looking to try and produce more GABA, Theanine may be a round-about way of accomplishing your goal.
Finally, we come to vitamin D. As we established in a previous blog, vitamin D deficiency is one of the most widespread vitamin deficiencies in the United States. Some studies have suggested that on top of being great for your teeth and bones, that there may be a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and higher than normal symptoms of depression. However, there is little explanation as to whether this is a coincidence or if there really is a stronger link between the two.
At the House of Nutrition, your local vitamin supplement store, we encourage everyone to feel happier and healthier through physical activity, a healthy diet, and the right vitamin supplements for your lifestyle and habits. Our nutritionist is here to help educate our staff and customers as to what the best vitamin supplements to augment their lives are. Stop by or call us today to pick up the vitamin supplements you need to live your best life. Too busy? Feel free to utilize our local delivery service.