Go Mag Issue 68 | Digital Version


In 2021, 3.4 million Australians aged between 16-85 years saw a health professional for their mental health. Traditional medicine (Western herbal, Chinese and Ayurvedic) and conventional medicine have been shown to support mood health. Saffron (affron®) to support healthy mood balance You might know saffron (Crocus sativus) as an exotic ingredient that an important therapeutic herb. Crocus sativus flower, has an increasing body of evidence supporting its efficacy. Based on a meta-analysis of 23 trials, it was demonstrated that saffron at a dose of 28 to 30 mg daily had positive effects on mild anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults. Affron® is one of the highest quality saffron extracts in the world and was named as the winner of the NutraIngredients Awards (USA) Ingredients of the Year for Cognitive Health in 2020. Reishi mushroom to relieve fatigue and calm the mind Reishi mushroom is one of the most adds colour and flavour to your favourite recipes. Its dried potent red thread-like parts of the flower (stigmas) are most recognisable and used to make saffron spice, but it’s also How to naturally support your mood Moods are a natural part of your emotional rhythm and understanding your moods can help you manage your emotional wellbeing.

Reishi mushroom has also been commonly referred to as the “mushroom of immortality”, which suggests auspiciousness, blissfulness, and happiness. Zinc and Vitamins B5 and B6 to support brain function These nutrients are essential for many of the body’s functions. Zinc is essential for supporting brain function and energy production. Vitamin B5 is a B-group vitamin that supports a healthy stress response in the body and vitamin B6 contributes to neurotransmitter production of serotonin (from tryptophan), norepinephrine and dopamine, often referred to as ‘feel good hormones’.

How to support your mood and lifestyle with Traditional Chinese Medicine tips

1 Stimulate your qi (your vital energy) with acupuncture, tai chi, swimming, brisk walking, yoga or cycling. 2 Balance your yin and yang through diet, exercise, work and emotional life. 4 Breathing exercises can activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), bringing relaxation and a sense of calmness.

3 Support your Shen (spirit and mind) with reishi mushroom, connecting with friends, family or nature. 5 Daily integration of simple tips can make a positive change. Avoid eating too close to bedtime for optimal sleep, light meals in the evening, move your body every day and eat green vegetables and fruit daily for a positive effect on mental health.

widely researched botanicals in Asia. Reishi mushroom consists of the dried fruiting bodies of Ganoderma lucidum . Numerous legends surrounding reishi mushroom provide an historical record which

spans 2000 years. Traditionally, it was used in China by Taoist monks to promote a centred calmness, improve meditative practices, and attain a long and healthy life. Chinese royalty, seeking longevity, held reishi mushroom in high esteem.

References available on request. Erika Bass is Technical Support team leader at Fusion® Health. he has over a decade of experience in the natural health industry, and a particular passion for helping women look and feel their best.


ISSUE 68 • 2023

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