The World Health Organization has reported that more and more people suffer from mental disorders ranging from depression, anxiety, and stress. Mood is often a factor to these mental disorders, this is why proper mood management is vital not just for mental well-being but physical as well.
While it’s normal to have bad days, when you woke up at the wrong side of the bed or you’re just not your usual self, constant mood swings and behavioral changes can result to a variety of cognitive deficiencies.
Your mood is controlled by certain brain chemicals. Nootropics as a brain booster can help regain balance of these brain chemicals to affect mood enhancement among other positive cognitive benefits. Here are some nootroopic mood enhancers:
One of the primary functions of L-tyrosine, a kind of amino acid, is to support healthy brain chemical balance. It does this by supplying the material from which various neurotransmitters are produced. These neurotransmitters including dopamine and epinephrine are responsible for cognitive and behavioral functions.
When the body is subject to various stressors, there is an imbalance in the production of neurotransmitters, which result to stress, anxiety, low energy level and motivation, and mood swings. Supplementing with L-tyrosine helps cushion the fast production deficit of these neurotransmitters. L-tyrosine are naturally produced by the body, but for cognitive benefits, an L-tyrosine supplement is necessary.
Aniracetam is known as a Piracetam analog, but one that is more potent. Like the racetam family of nootropics, it is responsible for the regulation of various neurotransmitters responsible in a number of cognitive functions. Serotonin and dopamine are two such neurotransmitters. As aniracetam binds with these neurotransmitters, it prevents its breakdown. In turn, dopamine and serotonin levels are increased. It is a fact that these neurotransmitters are responsible for mood, energy levels, motivation, enjoyment, and positive feelings.
Primarily used as an anxiolytic in Russia, Phenibut has a controversial history because of its effects or side effects. Phenibut is a nootropic similar in composition to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) but with an added phenyl compound so it crosses the blood-brain barrier easily and binds to the GABA receptor more readily.
When this happens, Phenibut elicits an increase in inhibitory neurotransmitters, which result to a calming effect. Since Phenibut stimulates inhibitory neurotransmitters one of it being dopamine, a corresponding mood lift is experienced as well.
Perhaps you might be familiar with L-theanine as the main compound in tea leaves, but L-theanine can also be obtained in supplemental form because it’s proven as a potent calming and sleep-boosting qualities. This is also the reason why L-theanine is an effective mood booster.
L-theanine’s double impact on excitatory and inhibitory brain chemicals make it a potent mood enhancer. While it works to increase inhibitory brain chemicals, it also reduces excitatory chemicals. This means an increase in cognitive skills, energy levels, positive mood, and motivation is experienced, while stress and anxiety are minimized.
Sulbutiamine is upgraded vitamin B1 where it is now bioavailable, meaning it can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier thus better absorption of its beneficial compounds. While sulbutiamine mainly works to boost memory and energy, studies have shown that it also improves mood significantly.
Salbutiamine is seen to increase dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is that neurotransmitter that is responsible for pleasure and reward. It is also the neurotransmitter responsible for mood.
Stacking nootropics is a common practice, but make sure you are well informed about each of the nootropic in the stack to ensure your safety. As with any type of nootropics, cycling its use is always the best approach to maximize its efficacy and to ensure that you don’t develop a tolerance for a specific nootropics.
One must also take into account that nootropics is not the end all, be all of mood problems, this is why natural ways of improving mood should also be practiced. Power naps, sufficient water intake, meditation and exercise can do wonders for your mood too!
My name is Sarah Burgess and I’m a health and nutrition specialist and enthusiast. I did my PhD at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and finished in 2015 and now I’ve been writing for Slowfoodnation since 2017. Apart from writing on blogs about health, superfood and nutrition, I love to exercise, running and pilates are two of my true addictions! I believe we create our own luck and everyone have the potential to reach true potential and be the best version of ourselves.