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Emotional Health/Mood Supplements

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Does anyone have any experience with GABA or a product called Healthy Mood by GAIA?

I'd love to hear your feedback if you know of these products and have taken them. Did they ameliorate your anxiety and emotional wackiness? Did you suffer side effects? How long did you take them?

Thank you very much.

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on February 12, 2012
at 04:52 AM

It is natural. It's a mineral.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Diet does make a huge difference. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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on January 30, 2012
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I don't know whether anything gives me mania. I'm more interested in something natural though. Thansk for the rec.

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at 05:09 PM

Wow. I'm glad to hear she got some help. I can't say I have violent tendencies or clinical depression, but I'm curious and will have a read. I'm more concerned about occasional blues and anxiety. Thank you.

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1a68c71d62aa058a86c83c5bb0c28650

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I posted in another post you had made before. Have you considered trying Lithium orotate? It can help with depression especially if other supplements or medications give you mania.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:04 PM

I don't know whether anything gives me mania. I'm more interested in something natural though. Thansk for the rec.

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on February 12, 2012
at 04:52 AM

It is natural. It's a mineral.

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:49 PM

I have depression/anxiety issues and tried Gaba last summer. Felt zilch from it. Apparently it has a hard(impossible) time crossing the blood-brain barrier when taken in supplemental form. Any benefits would probably be placebo related. Going the strictly natural(supplement) route just didn't cut it for me unfortunatley. I went back on meds(Lexapro & Buspar) but have been able to cut my dosage way down and have really focused on zeroing in on my diet.

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on January 30, 2012
at 09:05 PM

Diet does make a huge difference. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:39 PM

GABA does not cross the blood brain barrier. You could try Picamilon, which will cross the BBB, but there has been mixed results with it. The standard paleo reccomendations for depression are Vit. D, fish oil, inositol, lithium (low dose), or rhodiola rosea. I would not take "Healthy Mood" because personally Kava affects me the same way alcohol does, possibly worse.

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on January 30, 2012
at 04:44 PM

I've never heard of the stuff you mention. I've got a related vitamin and mood story, though.

A friend of mine was seriously depressed for many years, and went through all kinds of hell during that time, including many anti-depressant drugs, stays in the psychiatric ward, etc.One of her problems was that all of the medication eventually caused side effects - so what to do then? Her psychiatrists recommended a series of electro-shock sessions, because there was nothing else left to try. Pretty scary stuff.

Around that time I came across an article like this one: Vitamin Cure: Can common nutrients curb violent tendencies and dispel clinical depression? I did a lot of research and reading about that, and forwarded all the info to her. It seemed worth a try, because there were no alternatives.

So she tried the vitamin stuff, and felt better within a week or two. Now she's full of life and energy, and is a full-time student at a local college. She has her life back, and I have my friend back - back the way she was before depression made her listless and sad.

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on January 30, 2012
at 05:09 PM

Wow. I'm glad to hear she got some help. I can't say I have violent tendencies or clinical depression, but I'm curious and will have a read. I'm more concerned about occasional blues and anxiety. Thank you.

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