New Mood is a nootropic stress reduction supplement which purports to be “like a deep breath and a smile in a bottle.” It’s one of about a dozen supplement products sold by Onnit, a popular Texan company founded in 2010. They say their ultimate goal is to “be of service to our customer family.” New Mood in particular is a mood stabilizer which might work as a sleep aid. The company offers a lot of products and information, building a community around physical and mental health. Onnit appears reliable and trustworthy to its fans.
New Mood contains the following ingredients: Niacin (30mg), Vitamin B6 (20mg), Magnesium (40mg), L-Tryptophan (400mg), 5-HTP (150mg), Inositol (12mg), Onnit Tranquility Blend (450mg): Valerian Extract, Chamomile Extract, Lemon Balm Extract, Jujube Extract.
New Mood uses B vitamins, magnesium, nootropics, and three other ingredients: L-Tryptophan, 5- Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), and Inositol Hexanicotinate. L-Tryptophan is an amino acid which may be helpful for assisting with restfulness, and the ability to sleep well, but there isn’t a lot of evidence. However, since tryptophan is converted into 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which can be converted into the neurotransmitter serotonin, it’s often promoted for potential anti-depressant abilities. Unfortunately, very few studies on tryptophan and 5-HTP meet high scientific standards. An analysis of over 100 studies on the substances found two which met quality standards. Because of this, tryptophan and 5-HTP aren’t often recommended by doctors. Their safety and interactions with other drugs aren’t well known. However, they seem to work in New Mood’s formula.
Inositols are Pseudovitamin compounds found in most foods, and are common enough in dietary supplements. It’s usually used in the form of Myo-inositol. The standard dose is 14 to 18 g daily, but as little as 4 to 6 g can be effective. New Mood contains 6 mg per capsule, which isn’t nearly enough for most people, if they want to see significant results. Inositol supplements can decrease anxiety, improve fertility in women, reduce chances of panic attacks, and reduce symptoms of depression. These benefits often require frequently taking high doses of inositol, which New Mood does not provide. The compound has a lot of potential benefits and there are a good number of studies looking into these benefits, so it’s strange that Onnit wouldn’t use more.
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- Vegetarian capsules which don’t have caffeine or soy.
- Sold by a popular company and there are plenty of people who clearly enjoy this supplement.
- Formula isn’t quite optimal, to bring out the best results from some ingredients.
- Can be very expensive if you take the supplement on a frequent basis.
Most users take New Mood in the evening. One to two capsules an hour or two before sleeping appears to have relaxing results. People disagree over whether or not the supplement helps them sleep better, but for the most part, this product seems to work as advertised. One reviewer said it can be superior to melatonin supplements, as New Mood won’t leave you groggy in the morning. Another person said it can help with hangovers. Overall most people really enjoy this product, saying it efficiently relaxes them, and de-stresses after a long day at work or school.