Certain neurochemicals in the brain are messengers that influence mood, whether you are sad, happy, calm or agitated. Serotonin is a neurochemical that helps reduce over-excited pain signals and offers a sense of well-being and calmness. People in chronic pain, alcoholics, those who are overweight and those with sleeping issues are often low in this important messenger. Restoring serotonin levels often helps bring balance back, supports an uplifted mood, improves sleep and decreases pain levels. Serotonin helps regulate daily and seasonal rhythms (converts to melatonin) which may counter "winter blues" and jet lag, too. As a building block of serotonin, 5-HTP may be the "serotonin solution" for you. Another requirement for healthy serotonin levels is magnesium since your body cannot synthesize serotonin without this important mineral. Fibro-Care™ offers Albion's organic based magnesium and is often paired with 5-HTP for mood support.
Brain neurochemicals in general are supported with amino acids, essential fatty acids (fish or flaxseed oil) and the B vitamins (often called the "de-stress" vitamins). Many other vitamin and mineral cofactors needed can be easily supplied with a daily multi-vitamin. Two herbs, ginkgo biloba for increasing blood flow to the brain and St. John's wort which acts similar to 5-HTP, may be helpful. Phosphatidyl serine may increase messaging potential between nerves and thus is also a team player for improving mood.