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7 Nutrients for a Calmer Mind

Updated on July 21, 2018
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Taking a break in a place like this isn't the only solution...
Taking a break in a place like this isn't the only solution...

Beat stress with good chemistry!

Don't be surprised! Since the nutrients that we take in becomes a part of our body, it only makes sense that they do help in creating brain chemicals that can give us a calm mind. Serotonin and GABA are examples of these chemicals. In order to keep us calm, the body must keep on producing these chemicals by combining certain substances that are already present in our body with the nutrients that we take in. Unfortunately, because of our fast-paced lifestyle, we tend to be stuck with food with low nutritional value. Our best bet is to get these nutrients in capsule form.

1.) Vitamin C

Combined with a lot of Vitamin B6 and some Vitamin B3, this can help in converting tryptophan, an amino acid found in your body, into serotonin. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits that can be eaten or blended into a drink. Just imagine what a class of orange juice can do to our day.

2.) B-complex

Of course, you'll need 25 to 50 milligrams of this in order to complete the calming mixture in your body. Not only do you need this for the formation of serotonin, you will also need to combine vitamins B3, B6 and B12 with taurine, theanine and magnesium in order to increase the formation of GABA in your body. Piling up on green, leafy veggies, fish and milk can definitely help in keeping us calm and focused at work.

3.) Theanine

200mg of theanine between meals can help in keeping a person relaxed. If you're a fan of green tea, then you have a good source of theanine within reach. Replacing a cup of coffee with a cup of green tea can help you in managing stress.

4.) Fish oil

Try taking 1 to 3 grams of fish oil daily. It has been proven that the Omega-3's found in this substance can decrease impulsive behavior.

5.) Chromium Picolinate

Since fluctuating levels of sugar in the body can lead to mood swings, taking 400 micrograms of this nutrient will create a significant change in your diet and mood. This nutrient can help in reducing depression and overeating.

6.) 5-HTP

If you really want to ensure that you have a high dose in your serotonin in your body when you wake up, taking 1,500 mg of this supplement can do the trick.

7.) GABA

Taking 500 mg of this supplement between meals can definitely improve our focus. This neurotransmitter can block background noises in the brain, helping us attain a clearer mind.

For better results, you can also try out some breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Taking a yoga or tai chi class during your spare time can also help you find balance and harmony in your daily life.

© 2007 Shanti Rose


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    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      7 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Did you know that tea is the only source of theanine? It does not exist in other foods. I guess that makes it a unique phytochemical like the curcumin in turmeric. They also know now that if you do not have enough vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that is a steroid hormone, it can cause you to get depressed.

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      8 years ago

      Yeah, 1500mg in one dose of 5HTP is a lot. I take 50-100mg at a time. I agree that 1500mg is likely referring to a dose of tryptophan.

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      9 years ago from Chicago

      need to up my fish oil intake again! not liking the impulses and sporatic thinking lol.

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      10 years ago

      Ken says:3 weeks ago

      "This will kill you...don't do it. I think they meant L-Tryptophan6.) 5-HTP."

      Ken - PLEASE elaborate on what you are commenting on. Please?

      Thanks much. Joe.

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      10 years ago

      This will kill you...don't do it. I think they meant L-Tryptophan6.) 5-HTP

      If you really want to ensure that you have a high dose in your serotonin in your body when you wake up, taking 1,500 mg of this supplement can do the trick.


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