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Joyful seems like a whimsical name for a formula that addresses stress and anxiety; however, moments of joy and elation are fleeting, and nurturing your body and mind with mood-specific nutrients can definitely amplify your joyful moments and your outlook on life.

The major classes of prescription drugs for depression and anxiety focus on reuptake inhibition. Their narrow therapeutic action interferes with the reabsorption of brain chemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine by nerve cells. Unfortunately, this often leads to a “hit-or-miss” outcome with a laundry list of possible side effects.

New Roots Herbal Joyful employs a comprehensive approach to mental wellbeing. It’s formulated with 11 botanical extracts, critical amino acids, and biologically active forms of vitamins pivotal for mood and cognition.

The therapeutic goal of Joyful is twofold: to elevate mood, and to strengthen resistance to stressors that generate anxiety.

l‑Tryptophan and 5‑hydroxytryptophan (5‑HTP) are a tandem of nutrients that fuel serotonin synthesis. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that regulates communication between different parts of the brain to influence mood, appetite, healthy sleep behaviour, pain sensation, learning, memory, and more.

Our formula has a trio of nutrients that include biologically active, methylated forms of folic acid and vitamin B12. Folic acid, in its active form of methylfolate, is beneficial for those suffering from depression and mood disorders. Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) protects nerve cells and stimulates serotonin production. Vitamin B6 contributes to neurotransmitter synthesis. These three nutrients additionally metabolize homocysteine, elevated levels of which can negatively affect mood. Observational studies reported in The New England Journal of Medicine have also shown a correlation between high homocysteine levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin D3 is clinically proven for effectively combating depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Joyful is formulated with an additional five nutrients that help shield the brain from stressors that contribute to anxiety. l‑Theanine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) cross the blood-brain barrier to reduce unnecessary excitement of neurotransmitters. GABA also increases alpha wave activity within the brain, synonymous with a relaxed state of mind. The duo of therapeutic botanical extracts, magnolia and phellodendron, work in unison to reduce subjective ratings of anxiety in controlled trials. Their mode of action is to bind with stress receptors to reduce stress and anxiety with the sedating effects of prescription drugs. A potent extract of san qi (Panax notoginseng) completes our formula with its neuroprotective properties which suppress feelings of anxiety and induce the relaxed state of mind you deserve.