Who remembers Mood Rings? They were quite the fad in the Seventies, especially with early teen-aged girls. Mood Rings probably had their finest moment when Peppermint Patty got so angry at Charlie Brown that her Mood Ring exploded!
The basic science behind Mood Rings is pretty interesting, even if the psychology is a little off. The faux gem set in the mood ring contains thermochromic liquid crystal, basically a liquid crystal thermometer. Supposedly, the ring would indicate the wearer’s mood by sensing the temperature of the skin.
Actually, the ambient air temperature has more influence on the ring than the skin. Skin temperature fluctuates according to the time of day, time of the month, and the individual’s general health. (That doesn’t mean Mood Rings aren’t fun!)
Moods are emotional states which are longer lasting and less specific than feelings, but more transitory than personality traits. It is generally harder to define what triggers a specific mood than a feeling, but a person can generally evaluate their mood at a particular point in time. People with certain temperaments or personality traits seem predisposed to certain moods, but it is not uncommon for individuals to seek ways to improve from a negative to a positive mood.
Bad moods have an overall negative effect on our lives, most notably at the present moment, but the repercussions can be ongoing. Being in a bad mood can have a negative impact on your relationships, your job, even your health.
Mood enhancing vitamin supplements should in no way be confused with mood altering drugs. Vitamins work differently, and do not have the scary side effects of psychoactive drugs. The theory behind using vitamins to enhance mood is that if the body and brain are working properly, happiness and positive mood should follow.
Although a complete multivitamin supplement will have certain benefits for overall health, the B complex vitamins seem most directly related to mood. Thiamin, Vitamin B1, is important in helping the body convert carbohydrates into energy. The weight-loss gurus have given carbs a bad reputation, but they are the body and brain’s primary source of energy. If more energy is available, the brain should work better and therefore mood will improve. Even temporary deficiencies of B1 have been shown to contribute to higher levels of fatigue, irritability and anxiety.
Low levels of riboflavin, B2, and niacin, B3, are also related to unstable moods and depression, while people who get sufficient quantities of these vitamins generally report feeling happier and more alert.
B6, or pyridoxine, is important for the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone which helps regulate appetite, sleep, and mood. When serotonin levels are out of balance, it may lead to depression. Pyridoxine has been considered as a treatment for depression, although research is not conclusive at this point.
Vitamins D and C, as well as iron supplements, have also been shown to help elevate moods. Most of these nutrients are available in a properly balanced diet. The high purity supplements available from BioSynergy may be used to enhance your intake of these valuable vitamins.