Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna)
Sceletium elevates mood and decreases anxiety, stress and tension. It also helps with post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and irritability and boosts womens libido.
It has been used by hunter-gatherers and shepherds as a mood-enhancing substance for hundreds of years and is far more effective and rapidly acting than the well-known St Johns Wort.
It lessens anxiety, stress and tension, raises spirits and enhances the sense of connection. If you take a very large dose you may even feel euphoric, then taken over by a sense of drowsiness. It does not cause hallucinations.
Your mood and mental performance depend on a variety of nutrients that feed the brain, nervous system and neurotransmitters. These include vitamins B3, B6, folic acid (foliate), B12 and C, zinc, magnesium, essential fatty acids, and the amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine.
Research has found that a lot of people with psychiatric disorders, including depression, were deficient in the B vitamin folate.