Consider Supplementing to Support Mood

Consider Supplementing to Support Mood
January 9, 2016 Megan Kirk

A new approach to emotional health, it includes 16 probiotic strains, organic ashwaganda and organic blueberries

Supplements to Support Mood

Theanine is an amino acid derived from green tea that shows good results for reducing anxiety conditions.

GABA is a chemical made in the brain that manages neurotransmissions. It is typically taken in the evening for relaxation and reducing “brain chatter.”

L-Methionine is an amino acid that may offer consistent support for chronic low-grade depression.

L-5-HTP is a more effective form of the amino acid L-tryptophan. It works in the brain and central nervous system as a precursor to serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter. It can be used for both anxiety and depressive conditions, but is best suited to lift the sinking feeling of depression.

These two herbal adaptogens can be helpful for both anxiety and depressive conditions. They work to bring the body back to homeostasis and help one adapt to life’s changing conditions:

Holy Basil has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to calm, uplift and balance. Also called by its Hindu name, Tulsi, it is an excellent herb for those with stressful lifestyles.

Rhodiola supports stamina, endurance and well-being.

Additional herbal options to supplement for mood issues: Happy Camper by Natural Balance, Eureka Market Brand Relax and -Anxiet-Ease.

Situational vs. Clinical Depression

Mild to moderate depression is often situational—due to events or circumstances in one’s life that cause the mood to sink temporarily. Natural supplements may offer relief for this type of depression. Clinical depression that is severe, ongoing, and debilitating is best managed by mental health professionals.

Same thing goes for anxiety — if constant, severe and overwhelming — it may constitute an anxiety disorder that requires professional treatment


Connect, Read, Listen, Learn

For every newsletter, we scan the internet for the most current, cutting-edge and inspiring health information to pass on to curious customers. Consider it part of your self-care to take time to relax and learn.

  • This seventeen minute TED Talk by psychologist Guy Winch makes a compelling case about why we should practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, and our minds — with the same diligence we take care of our bodies. Listen to “Why We all Need to Practice Emotional First Aid”
  • Stanford University Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal will give you a new perspective on stress. Her fourteen minute TED Talk, “How to Make Stress Your Friend” gives insightful ideas about we can be good at stress and the benefits that come from doing so.
  • This New York Times Magazine article published last June has circulated through the staff at Eureka Market and we all agree this is the best article about how probiotics affect mood and behavior. “Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?” by Peter Audrey Smith. Find it at
  • Check out this inspiring website for women: You may have heard of Christiane Northrup, MD. She has authored several books, appears in interviews and gives talks regularly about women’s health. In her new book, Goddesses Never Age, Northrup explains that women can get older without aging and that much of how we age depends on what we think about aging. You can visit her website and find a plethora of short videos to watch and sign-up for regular emails.

All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only.  The guides are NOT intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice.  Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.