Mental

10 nutrients that help boost mood, improve focus, and calm anxiety

A poor diet can drive stress, anxiety, and a range of mental health issues that mess with mood and productivity. Here’s how the nutrients in Ka’Chava can help restore your mindset to its peak.

Ka’Chava doesn’t just power your body—it’s loaded with key nutrients that fuel and nourish your mind. Mounting research (and an emerging field called nutritional psychiatry) shows that consuming too little of certain key nutrients can drive depression, anxiety, and stress, and mess with focus and productivity. But restoring these nutrients to optimal levels may help improve psychological and cognitive health. Take a look at our mood-boosting nutrient lineup:

See The Top 10 Mood-Boosting Nutrients In Ka’Chava

  • 1

    Omega-3 fatty acids:

    supports stable mood and memory

    Omega-3 fatty acids have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which make them a key player in quelling the inflammation that drives certain mental health conditions like depression. These essential fatty acids are also vital to the maintenance of healthy brain function over time, and facilitate communication between brain cells, which aids in learning and memory1. Ka’chava contains omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds, flaxseeds, and sacha inchi seeds.

  • 2

    IRON:

    supports stable mood and focus

    Iron helps produce hemoglobin, a protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen all over the body. With low iron levels, not enough oxygen reaches the brain, which can result in irritability, poor mood, an inability to concentrate2. Iron also plays a role in regulating mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine and GABA3, and studies suggest many people with depression are iron deficient4. Ka’chava contains 40% of your daily iron needs from sources such as spinach, chlorella, chia seeds, amaranth, and oats.

  • 3

    MAGNESIUM:

    supports stable mood + combats anxiety

    Magnesium is an essential mineral used in more than 300 biochemical reactions that regulate physical and mental balance5. It plays a key role brain neurotransmitter pathways associated with depression; and symptoms such as apathy, depression, agitation, confusion, and anxiety have been linked to low magnesium intake6. Increasing magnesium intake has been shown to help people cope with stress7. Ingredients in Ka’Chava such as kale, spinach, and cocoa contain magnesium, and one serving of Ka’Chava packs 60% of your daily needs.

  • 4

    POTASSIUM:

    supports stable mood

    Potassium is an essential mineral required for brain function and nerve transmission, and it also helps offset the negative effects of excess sodium consumption. Recent research has found that a diet low in potassium (which can include carb-restricted diets) and high in sodium is predictive of future depression8. Ka’chava contains 14% of your daily potassium needs from sources such as spinach, beets, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and quinoa.

  • 5

    ZINC:

    supports stable mood and focus

    Zinc is an essential mineral most well known for its impact on immunity, but it also plays a role in processes related to brain growth and function, and it’s increasingly linked to mental health and wellbeing. Research has associated zinc deficiency with symptoms of depression, ADHD, difficulty learning, and memory problems9—but restoring zinc levels seems to counteract some of these symptoms10. Zinc is predominantly found in animal-based foods, and a few plant foods like cashews—but Ka’chava packs 52% of your daily zinc needs.

  • 6

    SELENIUM:

    supports stable mood and learning

    Selenium is an essential mineral needed for the proper functioning of proteins that act as protective antioxidants in the brain and nervous system11. Low levels of selenium have been associated with depression12 as well as low levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)13, a brain hormone that promotes neuroplasticity—the ability of our brain to make new neural connections. Ka’chava contains 50% of your daily selenium needs from sources such as spinach, oats, shiitake mushrooms, and brown rice.

  • 7

    B-COMPLEX VITAMINS:

    supports stable mood and learning

    B-complex vitamins (including vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folate, biotin, and pantothenic acid) are essential for mental and emotional wellbeing14. They help convert carbs into energy that powers the brain15, and they turn amino acids into mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin16. Deficiencies in B vitamins are associated with dementia, depression, anxiety, and slowed mental processing17. Aside from vitamin B12 (found only in animal-based foods), B vitamins are found readily in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Ka’chava contains 50% of your daily needs for all B-complex vitamins.

  • 8

    VITAMIN C:

    supports mood and mental clarity

    Vitamin C is so much more than a cold-buster. Preliminary research shows that people with higher levels of vitamin C in their blood have improved overall mood, while those with lower levels have increased depression, anger, and confusion18. Vitamin C also appears important for memory and has been associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer’s19, likely due to its ability to combat oxidative stress20. Ingredients in Ka’Chava such as acai berry, blackberries, spinach, and broccoli are high in vitamin C, and one serving of Ka’chava contains 50% of your daily vitamin C needs.

  • 9

    Probiotics:

    supports stable mood

    Some research indicates that specific probiotic strains (including Lactobacillus rhamnosus) may help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety21—possibly by reducing systemic inflammation in the body or enhancing the health of the gut microbiome, which can relay messages and signals directly to the brain. Ka’chava contains both L. rhamnosus and L. acidophilus probiotic strains.

  • 10

    VITAMIN D:

    supports stable mood and focus

    Low levels of vitamin D, which are fairly common, are often associated with complaints of fatigue, depression, and poor cognitive performance22—not exactly a recipe for good mental health. Fortunately, some studies have found that increasing vitamin D helps ease symptoms of depression and improve energy23. While vitamin D is often difficult to find from plant-based dietary sources, Ka’Chava contains 50% of your daily needs.

support your mental health

Here’s a few of the ingredients in Ka’Chava with nutrients that support your mental health

sacha inchi
shiitake mushroom
beetroot
maitake mushroom
CHLORELLA
REISHI MUSHROOM
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