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April 30, 2019 3 min read

Mountain Peak Nutritionals Mood Support formula was created to help support mental wellbeing and mood. It's a synergistic combination of botanical medicines, amino acids and vitamins that helps support brain chemistry for optimal balance.

Best Uses for Mood Support:

  • Healthy, balanced mood
  • Mood changes with premenstrual syndrome
  • Mild to Moderate depression
  • Lack of drive, apathy
  • Irritability and anxiety (signs of depression)

Here’s How Mood Support Formula Works:

Mountain Peak Nutritionals Mood Support formula5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid complex derived from a plant native to Africa, Griffonia simplicifolia that can boost serotonin levels. Serotonin is one of our main ‘feel good’ hormones. Additionally, it’s been shown to increase the production of endorphins and other important neurotransmitters that play a role in depression.

5-HTP has been shown to be as effective as several prescription anti-depressant medications, without the expense, fewer side effects, and is much better tolerated.

L-Theanine has been used historically for relaxation. Derived primarily from tea, theanine can help support GABA and serotonin levels in the brain, promoting neurotransmitter balance. It also works by helping the brain produce alpha waves (which are our relaxed state brain waves). Used alone, it works well to help one feel relaxed, but not drowsy and dopy.

L- Tyrosine is an amino acid precursor to several neurotransmitters including dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine and l-dopa. By supplying the brain with tyrosine, it in turn supports these neurotransmitter as they are responsible for mental wellness and balance. Tyrosine can also support cognition (thinking) and memory during stress.

Ginkgo biloba is a popular botanical medicine known for its ability to support the flow of blood (and deliver oxygen) to the brain and optimize transmission of nerve impulses for mental sharpness. Ginkgo has been studied as an adjunct to traditional antidepressant medications and was shown to boost mood.

Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is a botanical medicine favored for its action as a GABA neurotransmitter booster, which in turn has a calming and anti-anxiety effect on the brain. Additional, some of the constituents found in skullcap bind serotonin receptors thereby enhancing its sedative effects in the brain.

Rhodiola Rosea is a botanical medicine found natively in Russia and Siberia. It’s been used traditionally for hundreds of years to help with moderating physical and emotional stress. Classified as an adaptogen, this herb has the ability to enhance an organism’s resistance to stressors, regardless of form. Rhodiola supports our main neurotransmitters - serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine helping with mood, attention and memory.

Separately from helping with mood, rhodiola is one of the most studied adaptogenic medicines for helping athletes. It’s been shown to enhance endurance, coordination, physical work capacity and improves recovery time.

St. John’s wort is well known for its benefits in mild to moderate depression. St. John’s wort has been shown to be as effective as prescription antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, with little to no side effects. It is thought to help maintain a healthy mood and emotional stability (and is very well tolerated) by supporting GABA and inhibiting serotonin uptake and monoamine oxidase.

B Complex vitamins are included because of the well established link between B vitamin deficiencies and depression. When B vitamin deficient people were given B complex supplements, their mood improved significantly. B6 supports the conversion of 5-HTP into serotonin. B1, B2, B3, B12 and Folic acid are included as well due to known deficiencies being strongly linked to depression and other psychiatric issues.

Folinic acid is considered an ‘active’ form of folic acid, which is really a group of vitamins in the same family. Folinic acid supports the production of tetrahydrobiopterin, which is an important cofactor in the production of mood-regulating neurotransmitters.

Feeling low or depressed is common for many people. Whether this is situational for you or ongoing, Mood Support can provide you with natural support for a healthy and well adjusted mood and mental wellbeing.

Please note: St. John’s wort is known to have potentially dangerous interactions with certain prescription drugs, especially antidepressants, anti-coagulants, oral contraceptives, anti-seizure medications, drugs to treat HIV or prevent transplant rejection. Consult your physician before taking this supplement. 

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