10 nutrients that help boost mood, improve focus, and calm anxiety

A poor diet can drive stress, anxiety, and a range of mental health issues that mess with mood and productivity. Here’s how the nutrients in UP Proteins can help restore your mindset to its peak.
UP Proteins doesn’t just power your body-it’s loaded with key nutrients that fuel and nourish your mind. Mounting research (and an emerging field called nutritional psychiatry) shows that consuming too little of certain key nutrients can drive depression, anxiety, and stress, and mess with focus and productivity. But restoring these nutrients to optimal levels may help improve psychological and cognitive health. Take a look at our mood-boosting nutrient lineup:
See The Top 10 Mood-Boosting Nutrients In UP Proteins
Omega-3 fatty acids:

supports stable mood and memory

Omega-3 fatty acids provides docosahexaenoic acid for growth and function of nervous tissue. These essential fatty acids are also vital to the maintenance of healthy brain function over time, and facilitate communication between brain cells, which aids in learning and memory. UP Proteins contains omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds, flaxseeds, and sacha inchi seeds.

supports stable mood and focus

Iron helps produce hemoglobin, a protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen all over the body. With low iron levels, not enough oxygen reaches the brain, which can result in irritability, poor mood, an inability to concentrate. Iron also plays a role in regulating mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine and GABA, and studies suggest many people with depression are iron deficient. UP Proteins contains 30-42% of your daily iron needs from sources such as spinach, chlorella, chia seeds, amaranth, and oats.

supports stable mood + combats anxiety

Magnesium is an essential mineral used in more than 300 biochemical reactions that regulate physical and mental balance. It plays a key role brain neurotransmitter pathways associated with depression; and symptoms such as apathy, depression, agitation, confusion, and anxiety have been linked to low magnesium intake. Increasing magnesium intake has been shown to help people cope with stress. Ingredients in UP Proteins such as kale, spinach, and cocoa contain magnesium, and one serving of UP Proteins packs 48-69% of your daily needs.

supports stable mood

Potassium is an essential mineral required for brain function and nerve transmission, and it also helps offset the negative effects of excess sodium consumption. Recent research has found that a diet low in potassium (which can include carb-restricted diets) and high in sodium is predictive of future depression. UP Proteins contains 6-12% of your daily potassium needs from sources such as spinach, beets, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and quinoa.

supports stable mood and focus

Zinc is an essential mineral most well known for its impact on immunity, but it also plays a role in processes related to brain growth and function, and it’s increasingly linked to mental health and wellbeing. Research has associated zinc deficiency with symptoms of depression, ADHD, difficulty learning, and memory problems-but restoring zinc levels seems to counteract some of these symptoms. Zinc is predominantly found in animal-based foods, and a few plant foods like cashews-but UP Proteins packs 68% of your daily zinc needs.

supports stable mood and learning

Selenium is an essential mineral needed for the proper functioning of proteins that act as protective antioxidants in the brain and nervous system. Low levels of selenium have been associated with depression as well as low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a brain hormone that promotes neuroplasticity-the ability of our brain to make new neural connections. UP Proteins contains 64% of your daily selenium needs from sources such as selenium chelate, spinach, oats, shiitake mushrooms, and brown rice.


supports stable mood and learning

B-complex vitamins (including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folate, biotin, and pantothenic acid) are essential for mental and emotional wellbeing. They help convert carbs into energy that powers the brain, and they turn amino acids into mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Deficiencies in B vitamins are associated with dementia, depression, anxiety, and slowed mental processing. Aside from vitamin B12 (found only in animal-based foods), B vitamins are found readily in a variety of fruits and vegetables. UP Proteins contains 59-250% of your daily needs for all B-complex vitamins.

supports mood and mental clarity

Vitamin C is so much more than a cold-buster. Preliminary research shows that people with higher levels of vitamin C in their blood have improved overall mood, while those with lower levels have increased depression, anger, and confusion. Vitamin C has been proven more effective when taken with Vitamin E which are both in UP Proteins product. Study shows that subjects who took Vitamin C and E have better cognitive function and a better chance of better mental performance, likely due to its ability to combat oxidative stress. Ingredients in UP Proteins such as acai berry, blackberries, spinach, and broccoli are high in vitamin C, and one serving of UP Proteins contains 33% of your daily vitamin C needs.

supports stable mood

Some research indicates that specific probiotic strains (including Lactobacillus rhamnosus) may help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety-possibly by enhancing the health of the gut microbiome, which can relay messages and signals directly to the brain. UP Proteins contains both L. rhamnosus and L. acidophilus probiotic strains.

supports stable mood and focus

Low levels of vitamin D, which are fairly common, are often associated with complaints of fatigue, depression, and poor cognitive performance-not exactly a recipe for good mental health. Fortunately, some studies have found that increasing vitamin D helps ease symptoms of depression and improve energy. While vitamin D is often difficult to find from plant-based dietary sources, UP Proteins contains 25% of your daily needs.

SUPPORT YOUR mental health

Here’s a few of the ingredients in UP Proteins with nutrients that support your mental health
Sacha Inchi
Sacha Inchi
Organic Shiitake Mushroom
Organic Shiitake Mushroom
Organic Maitake Mushroom
Organic Maitake Mushroom
Organic Reishi Mushroom
Organic Reishi Mushroom

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