Mood is a very tricky thing. A mood is an emotional state, but it is usually less intense or defined than an emotion. It is generally hard to know what triggers a certain mood, and sometimes harder to find what can change your mood.
Because mood is an emotional state, it can be related to your overall state of mental health. It is not a complete indicator of your mental state; a case of the blues now and then are not an indication that you are going to be facing a “stay away from open windows” case of depression in the near future. If given a choice though, most people would naturally prefer to be upbeat more often than down.
Before we can seriously discuss supplements for a better mood, we need to establish a couple of things as truths. First of all, supplements can do a lot of things, but there is no such thing as a magic happy pill. There are mood enhancing drugs, but because of their potentially dangerous side effects and other dangers, they should only be used under a doctor’s supervision. (If you are undergoing drug therapy for a mood disorder, avoid supplements unless you have the advice of your physician.
The next truth is that a healthy body usually leads to a healthy mind. This is not a promise that time in the gym and converting to a high fiber diet means there never be a cloudy day. However, the better overall shape you are in may be conducive to snapping out of the occasional bad mood.
If this is the case then the occasional bad mood would be the equivalent of a case of sniffles or a slight soreness after working out. In other words, something to be concerned, but not worried about.
To supplement is to add more, and sleep is something that many of us need more of to improve our moods. Your boss or your Significant Other may not approve of your sneaking off to get a nap if you are feeling a bit down, but it may be just the pick-me-up that you need. This can be a rather individualized matter; if you have chronic poor moods, feeling sleepy even though you are getting plenty of sack-time, you may be experiencing depression.
Another basic but often forgotten element is water. Keeping your system properly hydrated allows there to be enough liquid for the nutrients to float around in so they can do their job. There is a school of thought that water is water in whatever form you take it in, but it is good to be aware that the chemicals in some soft drinks, especially diet sodas and sports drinks, may actually rob the body of more nutrients than they provide.
The B in B Vitamins could stand for Brain Health, because so many brain functions depend on the B complex. B Vitamins help to energize the brain and body, which can help to elevate mood. B Vitamins are also important in the production of many neurotransmitters, which the brain and nervous system need in order to function.
Vitamin C is important for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is also an important antioxidant and good for the immune system, helping to protect the body and brain. Which brings us back to our original contention; healthy body, happy brain.
Iron, zinc, and magnesium are also important for brain function.