Liposomal B-vitamins help to counter-balance the minefield of modern-day triggers that can tip us towards a low mood.
Most of us can relate to a change in mood as Autumn ends and Winter begins and many of us have developed effective coping strategies to enable us to stay positive across these darker months. However, if you suffer from a consistent moody disposition then it’s worth investing in a decent quality liposomal B-Complex supplement.
1-2-3 good reasons to check your B’s
So why should a liposomal B-vitamin complex be at the top of your nutritional supplement shopping list?
Reason 1: To start with B-vitamins are found in wholegrain foods so if you tend to buy the white stuff (white bread, white pasta, white rice) instead of the whole grain options then you could be depleting your B-vitamin status. B-vitamins can also be found in mushrooms, lentils and pulses so adding these to your weekly shop is a smart move.
Reason 2: B-vitamins are water soluble which means they can be quickly leached from food during cooking. For instance, when boiling grains in water and draining away the cooking water some of the B-vitamins go to waste.
Reason 3: Because B-vitamins are water soluble they are not stored in the body which means they can become easily depleted and since they have so many important roles to play in our physiology our body needs a plentiful supply. This means a daily intake of B-vitamins is pretty important especially if you are wanting to pick up your pace and lift your mood because B-vitamins are involved with brain chemistry and with our metabolism. A high-quality liposomal supplement such as Altrient offers the full spectrum of B vitamins and important minerals including Zinc, Selenium and Chromium. Most importantly they are delivered into the body in a form that is highly absorbent and is guaranteed to get to your cells where you need it most.
Tips to improve your mood
Tip 1 – Brain boost!
The brain is a melting pot of cerebral activity sending out important signals and instructions 24/7 and there are some complex interactions that occur to help generate different moods, feelings, emotions and sense of well-being. These are all formed from a delicate balance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters all with unique characters – happiness, relaxation, anxiety, alertness, tension etc. Many of the B-vitamins act as co-factors for the enzymes responsible for making these neurotransmitters so supplementing with liposomal B-vitamins help these enzymes work efficiently, keep the mood experience on the right side of ‘happy’.
Tip 2 - Stress Buster
There’s no doubt that a hefty dose of stress can leave you feeling knocked side-ways and prolonged stress can leave you feeling depleted and washed-out. Unfortunately, we now have many more stressors than our ancestral physical body was originally designed to deal with. There’s no half-way house with the stress response – once that stress switch has been tripped an all-in flight-or-flight response is launched! Thankfully, there’s one specific B-vitamin, called pantothenic acid or B5 which helps support the adrenal glands in the production of stress hormones. Signs of adrenal fatigue include low energy, low mood, palpitations, light-headedness, anxiety, lethargy and poor sleep. Looking after your adrenal glands whilst also taking steps to reduce your stressors is a good foot forward on the path to a better, brighter mood.
Tip 3 - Monthly Hormones
Most of the time our mood is mainly influenced by external factors but for some women, the ebb and flow of monthly hormones can create cyclical mood fluctuations that are hard to handle. In fact, there is one particular sub-group of Premenstrual Syndrome known as PMS-D for which the predominant symptom is depression lasting up to 7-10, or in some severe cases 14 days before menstruation. Researchers have discovered that for women suffering from PMS-D fluctuating oestrogen levels causes serotonin (our happy neurotransmitter) receptors in the brain to be desensitised, explaining the experience of depression during this phase of their cycle. Nutrients such as zinc and vitamin B6 have been found to help regulate hormone balance and ease some of the cyclical symptoms of PMS.
Tip 4 - Mission Metabolism
There is a direct link between exercise and mood which is why exercise gives you that feel good factor. Exercising helps to reduce stress, boost metabolism, oxygenate body cells and boost circulation to the brain. B-vitamins help to fire-up the metabolism and are involved in the cellular production of ATP – the currency of energy - used by our muscles to create movement and make ‘action’ happen! The last thing you want to do if you’re feeling depressed is pound the treadmill or run a marathon BUT getting more active even with just a brisk walk around the block can really help to lift your metabolism and your spirits.
Tip 5 - Daylight Dawning
You can’t expect everybody to be happy all the time! This phrase rings oh so true for those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder commonly known as SAD. People who suffer from SAD are ultra-sensitive to the reduction in daylight hours which set’s their mood compass to point towards depression from the onset of winter all the way until spring arrives. This is a really impactful condition where the depression can often interfere with their ability to perform at work, interact socially and cope with stressful situations. Using a daylight bulb can help to increase the depleted serotonin levels which underpin this conditions and B-vitamins have been found to be very helpful for supporting your mood, memory and nervous system.
Susie Perry-Debice Nutritional Therapist