Polygala tenuifolia, known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as Yuan Zhi (遠志), is an herbal with some very intriguing, novel properties. It acts on a wide array of receptors and systems in the body in ways unlike many of the other herbs I’ve reviewed here on Pill Scout. Of the subjective reports of people who have […]
Mood enhancers are substances that can have anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and/or anti-fatigue effects. They can promote a sense of calm, a sense of motivation, or promote a sense of general well-being. Please note that when I use "anti-depressant" or "anti-anxiety", I write in terms of describing the general and subjective effect of the substance rather than for treating professionally diagnosed conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders.
There may be considerable overlap between these mood enhancers and any of these may fall under the category of herbals, nutritional supplements, nootropic drugs, stimulants and other psychoactives. The purpose of grouping mood enhancers is to better allow a person to achieve a desired mood.
3 Types of Mood Enhancers
There are so many categories that it is a difficult task to combine any of them, but I will try to group them into three main categories. Generally, everyone wants to be calm, happy and full of energy. They don't want to be stressed, sad or tired. Eventually I will try to group them based on the main neurochemical systems they affect as well.
- Calming - Anti-Anxiety: Anxiolytic/Anxiety Reducers/Relaxants
- Happy - Anti-Depressant: Uplifting, Euphoriant and/or Motivating
- Energizing - Anti-Fatigue: Stimulants, Eugeroics, Focus Enhancers and Adaptogens
Zembrin, a special extract of kanna (sceletium tortuosum), is a new substance to me. I ordered it from Nootropics Depot after doing a quick read, and I loved it based on the 4 days I’ve tried it so far. Apparently, it works as an anxiolytic of sorts yet it does not seem to sedate at […]
Kratom alternatives are a very hot subject right now. As you may have already learned, the DEA is set to list kratom (mitragyna speciosa) as a Schedule I substance come September 30th 2016. (Update: The DEA have delayed their scheduling pending public commentary.) This is being fought tooth and nail, and quite effectively I might […]
Phenibut side effects are something you should be aware of if you are interested in this anxiety reducer. Although it is one of the most effective over-the-counter anti-anxiety substances around, it does have its caveats. However, this should be taken as a good thing to know about. Knowledge is empowering. If you use it responsibly, […]
NAC, or N-Acetyl Cysteine, is a form of the amino acid l-cysteine. However, as we have seen throughout our 3 year journey here exploring supplements, things are hardly so mundane! I’ve included NAC in my list of The Best Liver Health Supplements. NAC is both a potent liver support substance as well as a fantastic mood […]
5-HTP is a commonly recommended supplement because it’s natural, the body metabolizes it into the neurotransmitters we want when taking it (serotonin and melatonin), and when taking it in sufficient dosage, (up to 100 mg or so) it can help us get some quality sleep. There is a very important reason to learn why some […]
What would the new year be without one of those cliche posts reviewing the past year? To kick off 2016, I decided it would be a good idea to revisit everything I tried in 2015, so I present to you The best supplements, herbs and nootropics of 2015. This post might have some things you’ve […]
Some time ago when kava became better known on the wild, wild interweb and scientists began investigating its applications, a popular meme has spread about kava having a link to liver damage. Considering that kava is an excellent anxiolytic substance 1 indulged in tradition by some Pacific Island cultures much in the way we use […]
After one week of using Kava King Vanuatu Blend daily, I believe that kava kava may be a strong contender with phenibut for the unofficial title of “best OTC anxiolytic.” 1 I can’t award it that title just yet without some longer-term use, but kava is liable to become one of my favorites in that […]
These are two major supplements among nootropic nerds and certain bodybuilders: NALT, a form of L-tyrosine, and L-tyrosine the amino acid itself. Until recently I had no clue that there was a possible significant difference between the two, but during some unscheduled armchair researching, I sussed out their similarities and differences. Brief Overview (Until I […]