When it comes to vitamins and supplements, many of us relate them to the physical support they can provide our body's with and funnily enough, we don't actually give much thought as to how vitamins may help support our mental health.
According to Healthline, research has shown that vitamins and supplements may play a role in treating mental health issues. Although it's not been completely proven, there is still emerging research that certain vitamins - such as B vitamins and vitamin D - can provide you with mood-boosting effects.
We will state, however, that vitamins and supplements should not be used as a replacement to any current medication dealing with mental health. Instead, we simply believe that supplementing your diet with a few vitamins can help improve the quality of your life, increase your mood and enhance your overall wellbeing. To help you get started, we've provided you with our best vitamins that can help support your mental health...
One of our favourite nutrients, magnesium plays an important role in many bodily functions, including the nerve function, regulation of blood sugar levels, bone development and by helping reduce body fatigue. As well as that, magnesium may also help increase your mood.
You see, because it affects the neuronal cell membrane fluidity, it may help decrease depression and aid body fatigue - which may also leave you feeling a little down in the dumps.
You can grab our high strength Primal Magnesium Bisglycinate here.
Stress Relief Herbal Multivitamin
If you find yourself suffering from stress and/or bursts of anxiety, then our Primal Stress Relief may be for you. To help aid your mental health, we've created a formula that contains 20 ingredients to help your body cope with stress better.
The formula also includes L-Theanine, which is an amino acid most commonly found in tea leaves. Research has found that it promotes relaxation without the drowsiness which is perfect for those looking to de-stress and unwind.
Plus Griffonia seed extracts and L-Theanine are both sources of 5-HTP, a precursor as well as a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan. Low levels of serotonin are most commonly manifested by depressed mood, anxiety and insomnia.
We have also included 10 other important vitamins and minerals which contribute to normal psychological functions and overall health; Biotin, Folic Acid, Niacin, Thiamine, Vitamin B6, B12 and Vitamin C.
Then we have added Iodine, Magnesium and Zinc, which are known to contribute to normal cognitive and neurological functions. Vitamin B6 also contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity: we have included 4.2mg, which represents 300% of the NRV.
To find out more, or to purchase your first pack of our Stress Relief Multivitamin, click here.
Omega 3 fish oil contains EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) which are both essential nutrients that your body needs for so many different reasons.
DHA is particularly important to us as human beings, as this remarkable fatty acid is a primary structural component of the human brain... Hence why they call Omega 3 'FOOD FOR THE BRAIN'.
When it comes to mood-boosting effects, omega-3 may be the hidden gem. You see, thanks to omega 3's EPA and DHA components, these help with the cells fluidity and help to influence neurotransmitter function. Because of this fact, it's been recently researched that the EPA may help improve depression.
To find out more about omega 3 and its benefits, click here.
Vitamin B6 is an incredible vitamin, in fact, it’s so incredible that it’s involved in more bodily functions than any other single nutrient, and it affects us both mentally and physically.
It really could be called the happiness vitamin, the PMS vitamin or the stabiliser vitamin as it contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity and contributes to normal psychological function. It’s something we should all be getting in our diets, however with modern diets becoming less and less nutritionally dense, it’s likely that some of us are not getting enough day-to-day.
The reason why Vitamin B6 is also known as the PMS vitamin is that it helps to regulate our hormones. So when you’re feeling like your hormones are imbalanced, such as the dreaded ‘time of the month’ or during pregnancy even, it may be a good idea to supplement with this vitamin.
It’s also been said that taking a Vitamin B6 supplement during menopause can be beneficial for helping with mood swings too. Vitamin B6 is also known for its ability to help reduce tiredness and fatigue, further contributing to its status as the happiness vitamin.
We recommend taking one tablet per day (ideally with meals) or once a week depending on how often you think you need it. To grab a tub of happiness, click here.
Your gut is basically your second brain and therefore, it's a pretty important thing to take care of. At Primal Cure, we believe that it’s so important not to underestimate the importance of a healthy gut. After all, it’s what helps us to digest food properly, maintain a healthy immune system and so much more. What’s more, it's believed that a healthy gut can increase your mood thanks to the bidirectional relationship between the gut and the brain.
Basically, a happy gut is a happy you! To increase the health of your gut, purchase a tub of our Primal Probiotic (one of the highest strength probiotics in the UK) from here.
Zinc is a component of over 200 enzymes and is the most prevalent trace mineral in the body. Not only is it essential for growth, but it’s also important for healing and promotes a healthy nervous system and brain health.
It has even been said that having sufficient levels of Zinc in the body can help you cope with stress better - something that is more important than ever in our fast-paced, stressful world.
A recent study carried out in 2017, discusses how a zinc deficiency is most common in people with mental illnesses. When taking a zinc supplement for treatment however, it was found that it provided patients with positive effects.
Our Zinc formula is extremely potent, offering five times the Nutritional Reference Value; hence the name.
But at Primal Cure, we often believe the NRVs are rather understated, and we would rather take a belts and braces approach to crucial vitamins and minerals – especially one as important as Zinc! To find out more, click here.
Again, to wrap things up, we can't stress enough that although taking supplements can be hugely beneficial to our health, we do recommend that you check your diet first. Ensure that you're providing your body with enough nutrients, vegetables, fruit and natural whole foods. We also suggest contacting your Doctor (or someone of a similar position), to discuss what supplements are best for you.
Once you've considered both options (diet and needs), we encourage you to supplement your diet with our Primal vitamins and minerals!