Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that relays signals between neurons in the brain, thereby regulating their intensity. While most serotonin is produced in the GI tract, serotonin used inside the brain must be produced in the brain, as it does not cross the blood-brain barrier.
Serotonin directly or indirectly influences the majority of brain cells. It influences many physical and psychological functions including, among others: mood and social behavior, memory, sexual desire and function, and sleep disturbances. Numerous conditions have been associated with low serotonin levels, including hormone imbalances (thyroid, adrenal, estrogen), insulin resistance, infections, stress, pharmaceutical use, and systemic inflammation to name a few.
Certain nutrients have been demonstrated to enhance serotonin production. For example, supplemental 5-hydroxy tryptophan (5-HTP) has been shown to facilitate the synthesis of serotonin. Folate activates the proliferation of neural stem cells, which are required for the development and repair of the nervous system, and helps modify aspects of DNA, via gene methylation. B12 assists in the production of myelin that protects nerve fibers. Therefore, B12 deficiency can compromise the myelin and result in neurological concerns.
Other nutrients providing specific benefits include Thiamin, required for energy production. Deficiencies have been linked to neurological conditions. Niacin forms coenzymes NAD and NADP, which are involved in the release of energy from food. Minor deficiencies of niacin have been associated with certain neurological conditions as well. St. John’s Wort supplies anthraquinone derivatives including hypericin, as well as several important flavonoids, and provides calming and astringent properties. Mood Enhancer was developed to address serotonin need, and to supply important nutritional synergists to support healthy brain function.
Mood Enhancer Supplies:
Thiamin (15 mg), Niacin (25 mg), Folate (300 mcg), vitamin B12 (250 mcg), Pantothenic Acid (25 mg), St. John's Wort (300mg), and 5-HTP (100 mg). Dosage: Take one (1) to two (2) capsules before meals, or at bedtime. NOT recommended for pregnant or lactating women. Those taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors should consult their physicians before using.