Given the how much I enjoyed the effectiveness of Onnit’s Alpha Brain nootropic supplement and their Shroom Tech Sport athletic boosting supplement, I was excited to give their New Mood sleep and mood enhancing supplement a try. Onnit’s New Mood supplement arrived just when I needed it most, on a day where my sleep patterns had been really messed up from poor sleep habits the week prior.
But for me, poor sleep habits +lots of hard work is an equation for feeling really crappy and down in the dumps. I needed a huge stress reliever, mood booster, and something to give me some quality sleep that I desperately needed.
I could see New Mood being extremely useful for those of you doing marathon study (or party) sessions and staying up for days on end because it really does boost your mood and relax you to relieve the stress of all that studying (or partying).
Anyways, here’s my New Mood review.
New Mood Review of Effects
Just like when I took Onnit’s Alpha Brain, when I started taking Onnit’s New Mood, I was pretty run down on sleep from slacking on it the week prior. I had also been working pretty hard and hitting the gym pretty hard. I really needed to recover and get myself together, and I needed an excellent tool for doing so. New Mood really fulfilled this purpose for me.
Seriously. It works.
I took two capsules of New Mood about an hour before bed, and started feeling pretty relaxed and decided to fall asleep earlier than my usual time. And I slept HARD. I mean really hard. Like, I was in dreamland until my alarm woke me up, which is a rarity for me. Normally I wake up several times in a night and don’t have very deep dreams. New Mood certainly enhances dreams, because I was having some crazy awesome vivid stuff going on in my brain. So, it makes you sleep better, that’s a plus.
When I woke up, I thought I had overslept, despite my alarm going off. I just felt too good for 6 am, it was like I woke up already past that terrible groggy, slow stage that takes a few minutes for your body to wake up and shake off. I felt RECOVERED.
Like seriously recovered. All the slacking on sleep I did in the past week, vanished. This stuff is really an effective recovery and sleep aid. I think it’s probably due to the muscle relaxation effects of some of the ingredients.
New Mood is really effective at what it does, and while it doesn’t have the most nootropic specific ingredients, I would recommend it for any student for recovery after a serious session of studying, getting better sleep, or improving your mood so you are less likely to off yourself when finals roll around and you have serious studying and crappy sleep.
Overall, this one is a buy for me. I’m going to start implementing it in my daily nootropic stack just because of how effective it is on sleep and dreaming. The mood boost is an added bonus that helps significantly for everything I do.
A Review of New Mood’s Ingredients
Onnit’s New Mood is full of serotonin boosting, relaxation enhancing, and mood improving supplements. It appears to have been chosen very carefully, with many of the ingredients having a synergistic effect on increasing its overall effects.
Precursors to Happiness
L-tryptophan and 5-htp are both potent serotonin precursors, and combined with Vitamin B6 as a conversion catalyst, pack quite a punch. I attribute most of the mood boosting effects to the large increase in serotonin from this product. I have taken 5-htp on its own and noticed similar effects, but the combination of ingredients with it here are much more effective for mood elevation.
Lemon Balm, Niacin, and Vitamin D-3 are also included to boost your mood. These more are just for increasing the effects of the above ingredients; I consider them to be secondary mood boosters in New Mood. They are however, nice additions and do make a significant difference. I believe the addition of these is another reason why New Mood is more effective than just if you took a serotonin boosting supplement like 5-htp by itself.
Enhanced Sleep and Relaxation
Then you have Magnesium, Valerian Root, Chamomile, and Jujube Seed Extract. These relaxation and anti-anxiety effects are the other half of the New Mood that this product creates. The first half is to create mood boosting neurotransmitters, and this half is meant to relax you and be able to effectively utilize the mood this product creates. These encourage muscle and mind relaxation, improved ability to focus through calming effects, increased ability to sleep and recover (it REALLY works well at this) and to lower your stress levels.
My Experience with New Mood
- Effective, work quick, and you can feel the effects strongly.
- Improved my mood GREATLY, I was completely unfazed by many things throughout the day that normally would ruin the day for me.
- Serotonin Benefits are strong.
- Improved my sleep, I slept harder and woke up without grogginess.
- Improved workout and fatigue recovery, all I would need to fully recover from little sleep or a hard workout was a good nights sleep.
- Increases brain vividity.
- Great with a nootropic stack or Alpha Brain, synergizes and rounds out your stack.
Overall, I would say the ingredients included were well-chosen for the purpose of mood boosting, anti-anxiety, and sleep quality. It works wonders on me. For its purpose, I would not add anything to this stack, however for a total sleep enhancement and relaxation stack, I would add things like melatonin and phenibut.
You can buy New Mood here if you’d like a supplement that will boost your mood and enhance your sleep.
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