5 supplements that can make you happier, healthier and more productive

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Tired?

Mood holding you back?

There are alternatives.

No one wants an unhealthy lifestyle, but so many of us are pushed into it. Not enough time, can’t stop to make food – I’ve used all the excuses myself. But when you remember that your motivation and success are down to your mood, the decision becomes easy. You have to choose health.

But does it have to be difficult to get those great benefits to mood and productivity?

It turns out it doesn’t.

Supplements take a little research and then they are incredibly easy. The benefits? Well, it’s easier to get things done when you’re feeling good. No supplement is an automatic happy button, but they can give you that push to take control of your mood yourself. When combined with exercise and a healthy diet, these supplements can be game changers:


L tryptophan

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So you’re still reading this, which means you may well need help with your mood. Mood and sleep are completely inseparable. L tryptophan is one of the body’s key amino acids. It helps in the creation of proteins as well as neurotransmitters. It can help you get an optimal night’s sleep, as well as improve your mood.

The serotonin L tryptophan produces affects your brain and intestines. It also helps produce melatonin, essential to get a restful sleep. Of course this has many knock-on effects, such as a more productive day and better social interactions. If you get very anxious, it can also help you to relax.

Low levels of L tryptophan have also been linked to worse memory and learning.

You can get L tryptophan through food, but it’s better absorbed as a supplement. Find it here.


Curcumin

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Could inflammation be an issue for you? Taking too many ibuprofens? It could well be time to reconsider that.

NSAIDs, like Ibuprofen, can cause stomach ulcers, gastritis and other harmful long-term effects.

Curcumin is found in turmeric, has none of those negative effects and is equally potent. Pretty good, right?

The benefits don’t stop there. As well as being a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, it is thought to increase levels of dopamine (dopamine = happiness…as promised in the title.)

It can be consumed as fresh turmeric, or as a supplement. However, with recommended daily quantities varying between 500mg and 2000mg, and a teaspoonful of turmeric containing around 200mg, you might be better off supplementing – unless you want all your food stained dark orange.


B12

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B12 is an essential nutrient. It is so essential that without it you can get fatigued, lethargic, and a whole host of other negative symptoms which you can easily google. Suffice it to say, you need it.

So, what does it do? Well, B12 is vital in making DNA, blood cells and keeping nerves healthy. People with low stomach acid may well not absorb enough through their food (dairy, meat and fortified foods) and many people can benefit from supplementation, particularly those with tiredness or low mood. The good news with this one is, when you have too much the body just excretes it.

Find the supplement here.


Zink

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Zink is one of the most essential minerals in the human body. It’s absortion from certain foods can be reduced by the presence of phytates.

Supplements can boost your levels and make sure you absorb enough. One study found that there is a direct correlation between zink levels and mood, ie. depressed people have lower levels of zink. Deficiency is prevalent. Be careful of the quantity you take though. You can have too much of a good thing with this one.

Buy zink here.


Magnesium

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Major studies have linked correct levels of magnesium to reduced mild to moderate anxiety. We get our magnesium through plants, such as:

Green leafy vegetables (eg. broccoli and kale)

Legumes (eg. lentils, beans and chickpeas)

Fruit (eg. bananas, figs and raspberries)

Nuts and seeds (eg. Brazil nuts)

The level of magnesium in plants is affected by the bacteria levels in the soil, as well as potassium based fertilisers, which compete for absorption. For this reason, many people have way less than they need for optimal function.

Magnesium supplements are safe and cheap. It really is an essential mineral for your body.

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Conclusion

Consult a qualified physician before making serious changes to your diet. And don’t forget, it is important to try things systematically. This way you will notice what works for you and what doesn’t. If you try many new things at the same time, these benefits may be missed.

Ultimately, you need to find what’s right for you, through testing, or trial and error with diet. 

So take control, get healthy and get happy. Good luck!

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