By Soji James, CPT, CSCS
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This daily supplement works to naturally increase the production of the “feel good” neurotransmitter serotonin in your system, enhancing feelings of happiness, well-being, and calm in both your mind and body. New Mood also includes secondary ingredients such as chamomile, valerian root, and lemon balm that have historically been used to fight restlessness and enhance sleep quality. I easily noticed boosts in focus and relaxation when supplementing with New Mood. I was also able to jumpstart a solid sleep schedule while taking it and was able to shut my brain off at night. Also, I noticed that I woke up without as many aches and pains after grueling workouts. The recovery that I got from deeper sleep allowed me to perform better in subsequent workouts.
The daily recommended dose is 2 capsules a day. At $25 a bottle, that requires an investment of $60 extra dollars per month. The benefits are there, however, if you can deal with the cost.
If you are looking for a supplement in the short term to help combat insomnia and help you obtain deep, restorative sleep, than this is a good choice. It helped me sleep deeper and left me in a better emotional state. It primed me to tackle anything the day had in store for me.
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“Wellness” is truly a multi-faceted concept that goes way deeper than simply how you appear on the outside. If you are trying to look and feel your best, it’s important to understand that your results will be dictated by much more than just intense workouts and healthy protein smoothies. Real, lasting change has to involve some facets of your emotional and mental health as well.
Beyond the stressors that we experience at the gym, life itself can get pretty exhausting. Whether this stress is caused by things such as long hours at work or dealing with the normal emotional highs and lows that come with existence, too much can leave you sleep-deprived and feeling down in the dumps. This is exactly how I was feeling after a particular period where sleep was one of the last things on my priority list. It’s not that I didn’t value it, but things had gotten so busy that when I would lay down at night, I couldn’t shut my brain off. These sleepless nights began to impact the quality of my life during my waking hours and resulted in highly unproductive days.
I needed to add something to my evening routine that would help me shut down and get the benefits of deep restorative sleep. Luckily, a friend recommended New Mood by Onnit. I love taking supplements and experimenting with different ways to hack my system for the better. This “bottle of smiles” allowed me to take back my evenings—and allowed me to gain back my life by entering each day as a restored, high-functioning individual.
New Mood is a daily supplement designed to naturally support serotonin production. Sometimes called the “feel good” chemical, this neurotransmitter impacts our well-being on multiple levels. When it comes to mood, research studies have shown its ability to regulate anxiety, reduce feelings of depression, and increase feelings of happiness. When your serotonin levels are normal, you feel calmer, more focused, and more enthusiastic and motivated to tackle the situations that life may throw your way. Your body naturally produces serotonin, but by stimulating the process, you can essentially elicit this state “on command.”
New Mood combines the raw building blocks L-tryptophan and 5-HTP, with the conversion catalyst Vitamin B6 to jumpstart the production process. While each of these ingredients can lift your mood on their own, this state-enhancing supplement blends them all for some promising results.
In addition to the heavy hitters packed into New Mood, Onnit has included a plethora of secondary ingredients meant to induce feelings of calmness and leave you in a much more relaxed state. Magnesium has been shown to have a variety of clinical benefits, but it has especially been shown to help combat insomnia and help those suffering from it achieve deep, restful sleep. New Mood includes both chamomile and valerian root, which both have been used throughout history to combat restlessness. Also, this relaxing supplement includes lemon balm, a perennial herb from the mint family and jujube seed, both well known sleep-enhancing ingredients that help to combat mental stress.
These supporting actors help the main cast, creating an environment where you not only feel better at the end of a long day but are also ready to fall into a deep sleep that will allow you to wake up feeling restored instead of groggy.
My experience with New Mood was amazing. Most importantly, I began to get deep restorative sleep. In the past, I’ve always been a light sleeper who wakes up multiple times at night. While using New Mood, I experienced deep restorative sleep that allowed me to rise with vigor when I woke up in the morning, as opposed to feeling like I needed to hit the snooze button. I noticed that I recovered better from tough workouts. I didn’t stumble out of bed feeling aches and looking for the nearest foam roller. With this increased sleep came better focus and clarity during my day.
I’m normally in a very good mood. People tend to ask me daily why I am always so happy—and I feel this consistent positive buzz while taking New Mood. It could be due to better serotonin levels, or it could simply be due to the fact that I entered my sleep state in a more relaxed fashion and was able to benefit from it. Either way, I felt great and would highly recommend this as a supplement for total enhanced well-being.