The Best Supplements to Beat the Winter Blues

The holiday’s are a time for love, laughter and togetherness. Yet, once the joy dissipates out of the air, winter (in general) can be marked with feelings of depression, stress, fatigue and symptoms of SAD. In fact, it is estimated that Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, affects as many as 10 million people every year. SAD is a type of depressive disorder that is connected to a change in seasons. As the days grow shorter and colder, the body feels sluggish, withdrawn and depressed. But before you succumb to the winter doldrums, here are some options for making the winter season more merry and bright and less melancholy and uptight.

GABA - GABA, also known as gamma aminobutyric acid, is an amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. It is best known as the neurotransmitter responsible for blocking impulses between nerve cells in the brain. It is responsible for regulating many sedative and depressive actions which can help promote a healthy state of relaxation. This makes it ideal for supporting healthy mood and stress responses in the body. The perfect addition to a calm and soothing silent night. 

Magnesium Threonate  Magnesium is a mineral widely deficient in most individuals. It is responsible for various bodily functions such as muscle and nerve function as well as energy production. Low magnesium levels in the body can even lead to serious conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis. Magnesium Combined with L - Threonate is a blend best known for supporting cognitive function including memory and recall. L -Threonate is a mineral chelating agent which allows the elemental magnesium to cross the blood brain barrier so the magnesium can effectively do its job. It has even been thought to improve sleep habits and lower stress and anxiety levels. While visions of sugarplums dance in your head.

Kava Kava Extract Kava Kava is an herb traditionally used in teas. It comes from the roots of the Piper methysticum plant and have long been believed by Pacific Islanders to help support anxiety and stress levels. It’s rich in kavalactones which are known for their sedative properties and help promote relaxation. It’s the most relaxing thing next to getting all your holiday shopping done!

Huperzine A Huperzine A is a compound extract known for its acetylcholinesterase inhibitor properties. Acetylcholine plays a pivotal role in cognitive functions such as memory, overall intelligence and mood. This makes acetylcholine an essential component for cognitive function and complete brain health. Excellent for helping you remember exactly who’s been naughty or nice this year. 

Saffron Saffron is a spice known as one of the most expensive seasonings due to the amount of labor needed to derive it from the plant. To minimize waste and help regulate the amount that’s being supplemented, most doctors recommend using saffron via standardized supplement rather than solely as a flavor enhancer. Saffron has been found to support appetite control for weight management and help the user eat healthier portions. It has also been found to assist with mood support and overall improved disposition. To help keep you holly and jolly. 

As you reflect on the year that’s passed and the raod ahead in the new year. Visualize yourself in a happier place full of contentment, happiness, calm, abundance and joy. Let the feelings wash over you. And remember to always wrap your wishes tight with a bow full of gratitude.

“Let your heart be light. Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.”