Our mood affects our attitude, our work, our relationships, our sleep, and our overall enjoyment of life. All we have-to-do is think the words, “I’m in a good mood” or “I’m in a bad mood”, and we immediately relate to what a good or bad mood feels like. And we understand that sometimes being “moody” can be a challenging emotional place that is hard to get out of.
Up until the 1980’s the approach to most “mood issues” was to focus on biological, psychological, and social factors. However, in the 1980’s the model began to shift to being caused by brain chemistry imbalances when the pharmaceutical industry introduced SSRI medications, which have since been presented as the primary solution.
For most people who experience low ongoing moods or occasional anxiety, there is most often a direct correlation to stressors in their life—a change or event(s) in life that the individual experiences as stressful. But rather than informing the public about the problematic correlational between stress and mood imbalances, pharmaceutical medications have been strictly sold to remedy a brain chemical imbalance—despite the often severity of unwanted side effects. However, there has never been any direct proof to support the theory that a chemical imbalance is the cause, where there has been a significant amount of evidence that this is not the case.
At Akeso Health Sciences, we understand the correlations between stress, sleep, and body chemistry as possible contributing factors to having an unhealthy mood. What we offer is a reliable dietary supplemental formula based on evidence-supported ingredients, providing clinically defined daily serving amounts that can be transformative.
Given the ease, cost-effectiveness, and evidence for efficacy that a botanical/nutritional approach can offer, it is a sensible option at any point along an individual’s journey to find a reliable solution. For this reason, Resilient Mood was researched and developed by Akeso Health Sciences Chief Scientific Officer, Curt Hendrix, a nutritional scientist with an advanced degree in clinical nutrition. Curt has dedicated his life to formulating innovative natural medicines.
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A few of Resilient Mood’s key benefits:
- Balances feel-good neurotransmitters
- Helps balance mood and positive outlook
- Supports healthy energy levels and stamina
- Powerful antioxidants
- Promotes a healthy night’s sleep
- Adaptogenic support (helps body respond to stress
Benefits for Each Resilient Mood Ingredient
Saffron is an impressive botanical known in traditional medicine and backed by growing science for its’ neuroprotective effect and mood balance. Saffron, and its’ key constituents crocin and crocetin, have been clinically studied for evidence of improving positive mental outlook, nervous system health, lessening oxidant stress levels, and increased brain dopamine levels.
Scientists and researchers have a had growing interest in the impact of saffron (Crocus sativus L., stigma, 2% safranal) for its significant impact on mood imbalances. In studies, saffron extract (15 mg daily) has been shown to improve mood imbalances in adults, including those with anxiousness, with comparable effective results. This is also the case with adolescents.
Further, saffron contains an impressive variety of antioxidants—plant compounds that protect your cells against free radicals and oxidative stress.
Rhodiola has multiple science-backed benefits, including mood imbalances and fatigue. Long used in traditional medicine, rhodiola first appeared in scientific literature in the early 1700’s in the Swedish Pharmacopeia is known as an adaptogen, which is a natural substance that helps the body adapt to or rebound from stress (both physical and emotional). Studies have shown that it and significantly improves signs of stress such as occasional anxiety, supports healthy stamina, and improves mental capacity.
A note about the Saffron and Rhodiola Combination
Based on data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, over a 16-week period it was shown that the combination of rhodiola and saffron improved mood imbalances and occasional anxiety.
5-HTP is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, an important “messenger” in the body needed for healthy nerve and brain function, as well as having a significant role in emotional mood and well-being. In one study, 68% of those involved showed improvement with 150mg per day. Studies have also shown that supplementing with 5-HTP appears to improve sleep quality, and that 5-HTP also exerts antioxidant radical scavenging activities.
Folate (methylfolate) is a naturally occurring B vitamin needed to sustain healthy levels of three important neurotransmitters in the body: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine (known as the natural feel-good chemical in the brain). Serotonin helps regulate mood, occasional anxiety, and other functions, while norepinephrine helps mobilize the brain for action and can improve energy and attentiveness. Experts have suggested that supplementing with less than 1mg of folic acid can be useful in managing mood imbalances.
What else can you do?
There are also a few other effective lifestyle choices you can make to support a healthy, positive mood. Studies have shown that individuals who have no exercise in their lives are 44% are more likely to experience low moods compared to those who get even 1 or 2 hours of exercise a week. And if that exercise is outdoors, all the better because sun exposure allows the body to produce vitamin D, which is great for your mood. Also known to be helpful are 20 minutes of meditation during the day, cognitive behavioral therapy, and diet changes—especially limiting sugar, alcohol, and gluten. And check any meds you are taking for potential side-effects to make sure they are not contributing to how you are feeling.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.