Nutraceuticals for a Great Mood – Dr Wendy Davis ND

Nutraceuticals for a Great Mood

I always try to find the root cause of what my patients are going through, but sometimes it takes time to peel off the layers.  And so in order to support them while we put the pieces back together there are a number of fantastic supplements to help support and balance moods.
I have used many myself and trust them completely AND they are not contraindicated with other medications and are very safe to use.
Neurapas Balance (Pascoe)

This is my go-to for anyone suffering from anxiety and low to moderate depression.  It contains St John’s Wort, Passionflower and Valerian in a highly researched and well designed formulation.
It works almost instantly and can be stopped when not needed with no need for a wash out or tapering to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Gaba T *Currently only available for purchase in clinic.

We know that too much stress, hormonal imbalances (too much estrogen/too little progesterone) and a diet of overly processed foods can lead to poor mental health.  However, research is now telling us why.  Excessive cortisol, low progesterone and lack of nutrients can all lead to a reduction in the production of important brain chemicals.

When we are low in GABA and L-theanine we tend to be over-stimulated, anxious and unable to get a restful sleep.

Gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major neurotransmitter used in the human central nervous system. As the body’s most important and abundant inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA acts to mitigate the overproduction of stimulatory neurotransmitters. Stimulation of GABA receptors leads to relaxation as well as to the induction and enhancement of sleep. 

ʟ‑Theanine is a known constituent of green tea and has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, leading to increased alpha wave activity, associated with relaxation responses via GABA-receptor stimulation. ʟ‑Theanine has been shown to mitigate cortisol production and mitigates carbohydrate cravings.

GABA-T contains well absorbed forms of GABA and L-Theanine in order to help reduce feeling of anxiety and restlessness and induces an alert sense of calm.
*Currently only available for purchase in clinic.

Glycine *Currently only available for purchase in clinic.

Glycine is the most common of all amino acids and the simplest in structure. It is a required component in many functions of the body and a deficiency can result in a wide range of problems. 

With the constant stresses from various chemicals in our water, food supply, and environment, the body may not be able to keep up with demand, particularly if it's deficient in protein.

The body needs a supply of high quality protein to synthesize additional glycine. Inadequate protein from the diet is common in vegans and vegetarians, as well as the elderly or those on heart burn medications,  which decrease the ability to produce the digestive enzymes needed for proper digestion

Glycine works by interfering with the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which induces feelings of panic and anxiety. Glycine has a slightly sweet taste and can be taken acutely for anxiety and panic attacks.

Additional Roles Glycine Plays In Our Bodies

  • Glycine also has a role in the synthesis of the detoxifying compound glutathione which has been shown to help detoxify glyphosate.
  • Glycine is required for the synthesis of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin, digestive bile salts, and glucose.
  • Glycine can also be used as an antibacterial agent in the treatment of antibiotic-resistant H. pylori infections that result in gastric ulcers.
    *Currently only available for purchase in clinic.