What is Happy Saffron Plus?
Happy Saffron Plus was scientifically designed to promote positive mood. It brings together nutraceutical preparations of the two most traditionally revered “happiness herbals” – saffron flower extract and curcumin from turmeric root – with zinc, a mineral essential for life and vital for positive mood.
Why You Need It.
In the U.S., at least 1 in 5 people endure serious mood problems and at least 1 in 4 experience significant feelings of anxiety. Happy Saffron Plus was developed from clinical research with three nutraceuticals for improving mood, coping with anxious feelings, and enhancing focus while under mental strain.
What’s in Happy Saffron Plus?
Happy Saffron Plus offers three potent, mood supporting ingredients:
- affron® saffron: a highly concentrated, standardized saffron extract found to improve mood, anxiousness, and sleep quality in double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials
- Longvida® Optimized Curcumin: an efficiently absorbed, standardized curcumin concentrate that lessened fatigue and frustration while improving performance on a mentally demanding test
- Zinc, as glycinate: a mineral vital for life and essential for at least 300 enzymes, concentrated mostly in the brain and helping regulate brain circuits linked to healthy mood
What Makes It Special?
The combination of zinc with affron® saffron and Longvida® curcumin has the potential to improve mood, perhaps even in individuals who don’t feel they have a mood problem. All three of these ingredients are documented to improve mood in controlled human clinical trials.
Vitamin C Essentials
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is essential for human life. The body cannot make it so we must get it from our diet. U.S. Govt surveys indicate a substantial percentage of Americans aren’t getting adequate amounts of vitamin C.
Humans need vitamin C to protect against oxidative “free radicals” that our cells produce as they use oxygen to make energy. As an efficient antioxidant, vitamin C helps defend against the many toxins that can enter the body via the air, water, or foods.
Crucial for the Brain
Several important human enzymes need vitamin C in order to function. This is most evident in the brain, where it is more highly concentrated than in any other organ. Our nerve cells need vitamin C to make the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. It’s also essential for enzymes that make the collagen in the brain’s blood vessels.
The Collagen Connection
Collagen is a family of large proteins that provide strength to the body’s connective tissues. Collagen is a major structural component of the connective tissue “glue” that holds our cells in their assigned locations within our tissues and organs. Vitamin C is needed to make collagen for healthy skin, joints, bone and other hard tissues, blood vessel walls, and all the body’s organs.
C is for Circulation
The body’s miles of blood vessels need vitamin C to maintain the collagen that build the structure of their walls. Sufficient availability of C helps the blood vessels maintain their strength and functional flexibility. The circulating blood relies on vitamin C for its antioxidant, anti-free radical capacity, and immune cells that circulate with the blood are particularly reliant on C.
Added Immune Protection
Much of our immune system consists of single cells that must be mobile as they circulate with the blood or move around within our tissues. Without enough vitamin C, they lose their mobility. Also, such cells can create toxic free radicals to destroy bacteria, viruses or other harmful agents, and having enough internal vitamin C protects them against self-destruction during this process. The “solid” tissues of the immune system also need vitamin C for optimal function.
Adrenal Gland Support
The adrenals are small glands positioned like caps on each of our kidneys. They make much of the body’s necessary steroid hormones, as well as hormones important for managing stress, and both these functions depend on enzymes that require vitamin C. The adrenals have a high concentration of vitamin C, second only to the brain. Vitamin C is a major asset against stress.
Increasing Blood Vitamin C with Liposomes
Liposomes are tiny molecular spheres with hollow interiors, and outer shells made of phospholipids like those that make up our cell membranes. The hollow interior can be loaded with a substance that isn’t normally well absorbed – in this case, vitamin C – then made into a dietary supplement ingredient.
When taken by mouth, the liposome’s outer shell helps protect its load of vitamin C molecules from being broken down by the acidity of the stomach. After the liposome reaches the intestine, the shell is eventually dissolved by digestive enzymes. This releases the vitamin C molecules to be absorbed across the intestinal wall and into the blood.
The specific liposomes used in BrainMD’s Neuro-C have been shown to be an effective molecular “vehicle” for increasing vitamin C levels in the blood.