Be Happy

March 18, 2016 by Marilyn Gemino WellnessEnglish
Happy Mood Couple

If you’re among those who might appreciate better mood balance—for yourself or others—then here’s some happy news: certain probiotic strains, blueberries and an herb called ashwagandha can help support a healthy mood.

When the word probiotics is mentioned, gut health often comes to mind, but probiotics can support mood health, too. In fact, emerging science shows a link between gut and brain health. For example, the clinically studied probiotics L. helveticus R0052 and B. longum R0175—in specific amounts—are shown to support mood, emotional wellbeing and relaxation.

Blueberries also have compounds that appear to be good for the brain, with research suggesting that flavonoids in blueberries may improve memory, learning and general cognitive function, including reading skills, decision making, verbal comprehension and numerical ability. With those findings in mind, Garden of Life® selects Alaskan blueberries exceptionally rich in beneficial flavonoids and other nutrients. Why these blueberries? Severe growing conditions in the Alaskan Wilderness, including near 24-hour sunlight summers and frigid winters combined with year-round cold soil temps which stress plant root systems, cause plants to produce natural stress-fighting compounds, especially flavonoids. So, these Alaskan blueberries contain up to 10 times the bioactive compounds and antioxidant capacity of berries grown in other conditions.

Then there’s ashwagandha. Used in Ayurvedic Medicine, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb that helps restore balance to the body, including supporting a healthy stress response, mood and memory. (Adaptogens help the body cope with stress and work to bring it back into balance).

Ashwagandha has been clinically studied and found to be highly beneficial for both mental and physical stress, while playing a role in reducing stress hormone levels and improving mood and mental well-being.

Now that’s something to smile about!

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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