KD Ultra™ Helps Support Mood

 

Vitamin D and K Mood

Recent clinical studies have uncovered nutritional deficiencies in specific vitamins namely K2 and D3 are strongly linked to mood and seasonal behavioral changes.  KD Ultra is a potent nutritional supplement with a carefully balanced blend of non-synthetic, plant derived vitamins that support energy, immunity, and mood regulation. According to research, mood disturbances are one of the primary causes of hospitalization for adults in the U.S. and mood regulation issues are the second most common mental health problem worldwide [1]. To date, the most frequently recommended approaches for mood disturbances that disrupt daily activities include counseling and medications, but the success of these treatments varies widely [2]. 

In addition, a number of people who are given medication quickly discontinue taking it due to unpleasant side effects, a fear of becoming addicted to it, and the price of medication, among other reasons [1, 2]. These types of factors have led to a shift in research that is geared toward understanding the role that nutrition and dietary supplementation play in supporting mental health.

Nutrients such as vitamin B12, folate (vitamin B9), omega-fatty acids, and certain minerals (e.g., zinc, iron, selenium) are well known for imparting health benefits for people with mood disturbances [3-5]. However, vitamin D supplementation has also been found to be important for mental health as it is estimated that more than one billion individuals have a vitamin D deficiency that may be contributing to a high incidence of mood disturbances as well as problems with emotion regulation [1, 6, 7]. A vitamin K deficiency is also associated with the development of certain mental health issues such as chronic grief, worry, mental fatigue, irritability, and distraction [8].

Research shows that people who are suffering from mood regulation issues, excessive worry, or persistent grief generally experience dramatic improvements when they increase their vitamin D intake [6, 9]. Vitamin D supplementation also enhances mood and emotion regulation in people who experience seasonal changes in mood, including irritability, fatigue, social withdrawal, and hopelessness [9]. These improvements are attributed to vitamin D's ability to boost the production of tyrosine, an amino acid the body uses to increase dopamine levels. Increased levels of dopamine lead to heightened mood, happiness, and relaxation [10]. Vitamin D also supports the activity of hormones such as glucocorticoids, which promote healthy responses to stress and environmental changes [6, 9].

Vitamin D and K Mood

Vitamin K2 supplementation is also linked to lower levels of irritability, hopelessness, worry, and grief [8]. Taking adequate amounts of vitamin K2 consistently improves the body's ability to promote a healthy mood [8, 11, 12]. This is because vitamin K helps protect nerve cells in the brain from damage that is associated with mental health problems [12].

KD Ultra is a unique supplement that was specifically designed based on research that demonstrates the benefits of taking vitamin D with vitamin K simultaneously [13]. KD Ultra contains vitamin D3, which is the most active form of this vitamin, along with several different forms of vitamin K. In particular, it contains vitamin K1 and four different types of vitamin K2. Additionally, KD Ultra contains servings of these nutrients that are higher than the recommended daily values, but still within the safe range. This means that KD Ultra provides ample amounts of essential nutrients that can help support mood, emotion regulation, and overall mental health.

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