By: Dr. Michael Brandon, DC
Onnit is a big player in the world of supplements and health, and recently I've been seeing an ad pop up on social media to try a free trial of their one product “New Mood”. With the only cost being a few bucks for shipping, I decided to give it a whirl.
Onnit's website states it's New Mood supplement as one that “can help support your response to daily stress, help you relax, and maintain optimal mood balance” and also describes it as “like a deep breath and a smile in a bottle”. The website and bottle briefly mentions how it can assist with sleep but mainly touts its relaxation and anti-stress actions.
The overall concept of this supplement is to help relax the individual, and it does so through a few specific herbs, which we'll touch on in a moment, but mainly by increasing one of our “happy chemicals”, serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is known to help us relax, enjoy, sleep, and boost our memory.
New Mood has Vitamin B3 (Niacin), B6, Magnesium (Mg), Tryptophan, and 5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan). The concept here is to create serotonin and make us all calm and less stressed. Our body takes tryptophan, an essential amino acid, and converts it into 5HTP so it can cross the blood brain barrier (BBB) and then it'll transform into serotonin.
Why would they have both tryptophan and 5HTP in it then? Good question! The thought here is so that the effects can last longer throughout the day. 5HTP is closer to serotonin than tryptophan, so that should be converted quicker. Tryptphan takes more conversion to turn into serotonin, so the thought is our bodies will create serotonin longer throughout the day through the 2 processes.
B6 and Mg are 2 of the most commonly used substances in the body to help with a multitude of metabolic reactions, including helping to make proteins and neurotransmitters like, you guessed it, serotonin. B3, as well as the Mg, helps increase circulation so all the nutrients can get where they need to be properly used.
Next is their “Tranquility blend” of herbs which consists of the extract of Valerian root, Chamomile flower, Lemon balm, and Jejube Seed. All of these herbs have decent research supporting their use to help relieve mental and emotional stress. Some such as Valerian root has even been suggested to help as a muscle relaxer to continue aiding the “let me just lay down and sleep” feeling of a full body rest.
So they say it works, research supports their ingredients, but that doesn't always translate to it being a good supplement and actually causing the effects that one would expect. However in this case, I believe it does.
Though my 15 day trial, there was 2 things that I really noticed. First was how I was able to stay asleep longer without waking up. I've chronically woken up between 4-10 times within 6 hours, and while taking New Mood, I barely woke during the night. This was huge for me and a very welcomed result.
Coping with stress or increasing mood however, I personally didnt notice much, though others have sworn by this product for stress. I did however notice that I could work on my computer, reading articles,typing, etc for longer periods of time before getting that brain fried, mental overload feeling. So that was a very welcome and unexpected find.
I feel that their product worked for me, it's backed up by science, and I certainly enjoyed sleeping better and being able to do desk work longer. So in short, I give Onnit's New Mood a thumbs up. So if you're interested in feeling and becoming more relaxed and rested, I'd suggest giving this a try and seeing if Onnit can help you discover your own New Mood.
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