During the global cross-platform, stay-at-home concert, One World: Together At Home, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert, many artists publicly displayed their gratitude towards the essential workers working on the frontlines of the nation’s pandemic. Songs were sung, and many words of praise, honor and love were said. Throughout the live streaming concert, artists and medical professionals discuss the COVID-19 and its physical effect on the population. They also discussed the mental toll the pandemic is having on the general population. Everyone is—in one form or another—experiencing high levels of fear, worry, anxiety, and depression. Many people are having a difficult time getting sleep, concentrating, keeping their focus, and maintaining an appetite or some routine of eating. This pandemic has had a more prominent toll on every one of us than we expected it would. To help you get through this difficult time, here is a list of supplements and vitamins that can help you maintain both a healthy body and mind.
With everything that is happening and going on in the world, it is no surprise that countless people are having trouble falling asleep. With anxiety and depression levels increasing by the day, it is important to reduce stress levels as much as possible. Luckily the vitamin, GABA, helps with all the things listed above and more. According to Neuroscientifically Challenged, GABA is the prime inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system. Meaning, it is the chief mailmen. It has the authority to block or prevent certain signals of the brain from being sent. GABA is known for its reducing effect against both physical and mental levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. It also helps with sleep by regulating a sense of calmness and relaxation. I believe this is one of the best supplements and vitamins to take during this time.
If you think you may need some GABA in your life, right now, you can purchase the vitamins at your local pharmacy and grocery store. If you prefer to take the dietary supplements route, rest assure. GABA is commonly found in black, oolong, and green teas. Some foods that contain high levels of GABA include whole grains, yogurt, nuts, fish, greens, berries, and cocoa.
2. Levodopa (L-DOPA)
Supplements and vitamins are substances our body absorbs and produces to help both our physical and mental state function properly. During this pandemic, one of the supplements and vitamins our bodies made require more of is Levodopa. Levodopa (L-DOPA) is an amino acid that is produced in the body. L-DOPA is one of the many necessary factors needed to produce and release dopamine (a “feel good” chemical) into the brain. Dopamine, along with many others—serotonin, oxytocin, endorphins—plays a vital role in how happy we feel. By intaking supplements and or vitamins of L-DOPA, you will boost the “feel good” chemical in your brain. Hence, increasing your chances of smiling and feeling good while staying at home in isolation.
You can purchase L-Dopa vitamins online on Amazon or look for them in your local pharmacy and grocery store. If you prefer dietary supplements instead of vitamins, then some of the foods you will want to look at will be dark chocolate, milk, walnut, cheese, yogurt, salmon, mackerel, and bananas.
Another supplement and vitamin that boosts your mood, reduce symptoms of depression and supports the proper function of the brain, but it also boosts your energy levels, is B12. It also boosts your energy levels. B12 is generally the go-to product when someone wants to boost their energy level. Since being quarantined, it is no surprise that many people spend their days lounging on their couches, sleeping in, falling behind on some work-from-home projects and tasks. I know I am. So why not purchase some B12 the next time you are at your local grocery store or pharmacy? Everyone could use an energy boost. Especially now. If you would rather consume the vitamin via dietary supplements, then you can be guaranteed that B12 is ordinarily found in milk, fish, poultry, and eggs. Unfortunately, vitamin B12 is not found in vegetables, for those who are vegetarians. However, according to the National Institutes of Health, B12 can be found in cereals.
4. Vitamin C
According to Ryan Raman, a writer for HealthLine, Vitamin C is one of the most vital vitamins. Meaning that our body cannot produce it. The vitamin acts as an antioxidant in the human body. Indicating that it protects our cells. It also helps warrant that our blood vessels are properly dilating. Protecting us against severe chest pains, helping to manage high cholesterol, and blood pressure. Knowing that Vitamin C helps protect and prevent many health risks, it is no surprise to learn that the antioxidant boosts our immune system.
If you think that you need some Vitamin C in your life—if you do not take the supplement or vitamin already—then you can look for the product at your local pharmacy and grocery store. If you prefer to take the dietary route, which most do, here are some foods that are rich in the all-helping vitamin. Broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi, kale, orange juice, cantaloupe, any colored pepper, strawberries, and tomatoes.
5. Vitamin D
Though we may not be able to walk outside and receive from the best provider for our daily Vitamin D, the sun, that does not mean we have to submit to the consequences of losing it. Vitamin D is one of the biggest immune system enhancers. Not only does the sunshine vitamin boosts our immune system to fight off any plaguing ailments and diseases, but it also plays a central role in regulating our hormones. It also helps boost our level of concentrating, learning, and improves our memory. I would say it is the winner of the best vitamins for students to take. Especially now, with school being online and students having to learn from home.
You can purchase the sunny vitamin at your local pharmacy and grocery store. However, if you prefer dietary supplements over taking a pill, then here is a list of some foods that have high levels of Vitamin D. Orange juice, milk, yogurt, shrimp, egg yolk, sardines, and cereal.