It’s that time of year – summer is ending. WINTER IS COMING. This means that unfortunately darker, shorter, colder days are on their way. Do you find yourself having to prepare your mind for the long dreary winter? We do too. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very common, and very real condition. Fortunately, we have a few key supplements that can help keep those winter blues away.
WHAT IS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Symptoms include fatigue, general lack of interest, social withdrawal, trouble sleeping, weight shifts, and food cravings, particularly those high in carbohydrates and sugars.
We aren’t totally sure what causes SAD, however it’s believed that a vitamin D deficiency and a lack of sunlight keeps the hypothalamus, a part of the brain, from working properly. This messes with our circadian rhythms, leading to higher levels of melatonin (the hormone that makes us tired) and lower levels of serotonin (a feel good hormone). Serotonin affects many cognitive functions and behaviors including mood, decision-making, social behavior, impulsive behavior, and social decision-making. Low levels of serotonin are linked with depression.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – DHA/EPA
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may be helpful in maintaining a healthy emotional balance. Out of the eleven omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA seem to be the most important for optimal brain health. EPA increases serotonin release from presynaptic neurons by reducing inflammatory signaling molecules in the brain that inhibit serotonin release. DHA also influences the action of various serotonin receptors by making them more accessible to serotonin by increasing cell membrane fluidity in postsynaptic neurons (3).
We recommend supplementing with our EPA-DHA, featuring 600 mg of potent EPA and 400mg of pure DHA per serving sourced from Peruvian cold-water fish.
More than 70 percent of the population of the United States is deficient in vitamin D – yikes! Vitamin D levels influence immune function, mood and mental cognition, cardiovascular and so much more. Most importantly in this case, vitamin D regulates the conversion of the essential amino acid, tryptophan, into serotonin.
We recommend supplementing with our Vitamin D3 that delivers 1,000 IU of the preferred form of vitamin D.
The synergistic combination of these two powerful and optimized supplements can help prevent and/or rid symptoms of SAD, along with other cognative function and behavior. Stock up on these powerful supplements to stop the winter blues in their tracks before they get you!
Written by Hannah Aylward
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