“Nootropics Can Have an Impact on Your Mood.”

Daily life puts a strain on our bodies and our minds.  Our jobs often push us to the limit in the name of keeping up, and we often feel that that is not enough.  In today’s world, everyone has significant demands placed on them, both at work and at home.

For most, vacations are few and far between, and consistent rest is nothing but a pipe dream.  Add it all together, and the result is increased stress levels and decreased happiness.  These inevitably lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

In almost all cases, an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain is said to cause depression; however, reducing a “no joke” disease like depression to a simple balance issue in neurochemicals is a gross underestimation of the disease and further a disservice to those who deal with it daily.

“Depression is a much more complex disease!”

There could be numerous causes of depression, including genetic and medical problems, it’s not just the neurotransmitters. We are in particular, however, interested in how your neurotransmitters and neurons cause anxiety, stress, and depression and how nootropics can help mitigate these feelings.

Nootropics for Stress & Depression

Are you overly stressed, feeling anxious or depressed, but do not feel like turning to synthetic medicines?  You’re not alone. Many people today opt for alternative medicine in search of more natural ways to treat their conditions.  Several nootropics can help you regain your entire sense of well-being. Let’s look at the following:

  • Bacopa monnieri

Bacopa monnieri, a component of Ayurveda, is a herb that has been in use for centuries, to subdue anxiety, replenish energy levels and combat fatigue. Bacopa monnieri is an adaptogen that improves the body’s reactions to all types of stressors. It’s medically proven to work as well as tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

CoQ10, available in every cell of the body, is the natural source of energy for the cell. It does this by channeling fat into the mitochondria for oxidation.

CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant that helps sustain cognitive function and curb migraines and even mental illness.

  • Rhodiola Rosea

It is yet another effective adaptogen with a history of use, Rhodiola triggers the AMPA receptors in your brain hence reduces the feelings of depression.

Furthermore, Rhodiola fight fatigue, boost energy and improve cognition.

  • Sulbutiamine

Sulbutiamine, a heightened form of  (thiamine) that readily crosses the barrier between blood and brain where it works to increase motivation, and improve memory.

This stable form of Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is also useful for fighting extreme fatigue and restoring natural energy levels.

5-Hydroxytryptophan

5-HTP is the “parent” of serotonin, one of your body’s “happy” hormones/neurotransmitters. Naturally, your body can generate 5-HTP from the amino acid tryptophan, present in the foods we eat.

Note “ 5-HTP is useful for increasing serotonin, and one needs a lot of caution when using it.

Whenever you use one nootropic to increase serotonin, you must also include ones that increase dopamine levels. Imbalance of either one can lead to decreased efficiency of the other neurotransmitter.

Here are some nootropics that can boost dopamine:

  • Tyrosine
  • Caffeine
  • Rhodiola rosea

Bottomline

Depression is doubtlessly a severe illness that has been overlooked severally.  The truth of the matter is, it’s real and can adversely affect people.

Modern medication has brought up many avenues to treat depression.  However, not everyone is comfortable taking prescription drugs and therefore, nootropics represent a strong, and typical, substitute to antidepressant remedies.