It’s completely natural to have some down days. Add social distancing, self-isolation, constant borage of negative news, and the stress of a pandemic to your regular depressive rhythm and it can be hard to find that uphill swing again. For those that are suffering from depression, this could be one of the most difficult times for you.

While implementing a daily routine filled with mood-boosting rituals and activities — think daily exercise, video chats, and purposeful goals that can be accomplished — and knowing when to reach out for help — such as to a counselor or therapist, a family member or friend, or even calling a helpline like SAMHSA at 1-800-662-4357 — are both excellent ways to combat the quarantine blues.

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You can also turn to the natural world around you — with the food you eat!

For instance, there are a handful of supplements packed with natural ingredients that have been found to help combat depression. These include some very well-known compounds such as St. John’s Wort, folate — also known as vitamin B9 — and omega-3 fatty acids, to some not-so-well-known compounds including zinc, and saffron.

On top of that, it’s also a great time to focus on immunity-boosting agents!

These supplements will not only benefit your body, but they’re also a great way to actively address the threat of COVID-19 with bodily preparedness. Look for those all-natural immunity boosters such as echinacea, ginger root, turmeric root (always mixed wit black pepper!), vitamin C, and garlic.

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1. Vive Organic Immunity Boost Functional Shot

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This Vive Organic Immunity Boost Functional Shot is the perfect delicious ray of sunshine to boost your mood and your immune system! Vive Organic believes in sourcing natural agents from the Earth to support our bodies such as this specific immune-boosting blend of high-concentration, cold-pressed, organic ginger, elderberry, turmeric root (with black pepper to enhance the effects of curcumin!), and echinacea. With a spicy kick and sweet bite of pineapple, these are the tastiest immunity shots on the market! Plus, Vive Organics relies on a team of holistic specialists for the creation of this powerful immune-boosting shot, so you can rest assured you’re health is being taken as a top priority. A twelve-pack of 2-fluid ounce bottles costs $46.99.

Nick says “I have never been one to give in to the hype of immunity boost or other supplements, but Vive organic is now the exception! Tried it based on a friends recommendation and can honestly say it exceeded my expectations! With the flu season in full force, one shot of Vive really provides a spark to your immune system and energy levels that make you feel healthier and invincible. This tastes great and has right amount of pepper to give you that shocking sensation. Will definitely be buying more!”

2. Blossom Nature St. John’s Wort

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St. John’s Wort is a well-known natural agent to help lift you out of the blues! This Blossom Nature St. John’s Wort offers an easy way to infuse your body with a potent 900-milligram dose of this natural agent. This supplement is vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and manufactured in a GMP facility (Good Manufacturing Practice certified). Blossom Nature provides this unique blend for natural support of mental and emotional wellness by reducing depression, anxiety, and stress, while improving sleep and boosting overall mood. A 120-vegan capsule bottle costs $23.99.

Amazon Customer says “Nice packaging. Item was delivered on time. Best thing is that it’s all-natural so no side effects.”

3. 365 Everyday Value Folic Acid Supplement

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While folic acid is essential for a pregnant mama, it may also surprise you that it’s been found as a great ingredient to help boost your mood! This 365 Everyday Value Folic Acid Supplement is not only a trustworthy brand, but it also happens to be one of the most affordable folic acid supplements available. These capsules are 100 percent certified vegan and are free of artificial colors, artificial flavors, or artificial preservatives. Each dose offers a powerful 800 mcg of folic acid! Available on Amazon or at your local Whole Foods Market. A 100-vegan capsule bottle costs $4.99.

Curt O. says “I was skeptical about taking this. However not anymore. The differences are subtle but clear, I’m not sure why it helps out my arthritis but it does. It also has positive effects on my libido. That was a surprise. No after taste taking this. No unpleasant side effects.”

4. Nutricost Echinacea

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Echinacea is one of the leading natural agents to help support a healthy immune system. This Nutricost Echinacea sources only the highest-quality, authentic echinacea packed into vegan-friendly capsules offering a powerful 800-milligram dose. This product is non-GMO, gluten-free, and has been manufactured in a GMP compliant, FDA registered facility. A 240-capsule bottle costs $14.99.

dredaker says “This product is working to eradicate a fungal infection and it is doing a good job. The capsules are easy to swallow and the large size does not require reordering every month. With an integrated nutrionist testing, it integrates well into my system without an allergic reaction. It is an excellent product for the money. I will continue to use it and buy again.”

5. Doctor Danielle Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine

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Yet another powerful natural agent to boost your immune system and give you the power to feel good about your health! This Doctor Danielle Turmeric Curcumin with BioPerine uses a blend of high-quality, pure turmeric curcumin — curcumin being the immune-boosting agent within the turmeric root — and BioPerine — cracked black pepper, which activates that curcumin — for maximum absorption, bioavailability, and health benefits. This supplement is organic, non-GMO, allergen-friendly, — contains no gluten, soy, milk, GMOs, egg, wheat, peanuts, additives, sweeteners, shellfish, or sugar — and does not use harsh chemical agents such as fillers, binders, or preservatives. A 120-vegan capsule bottle costs $24.95.

daveisme says “I have Bursitis in my left hip and my Doctor recommended a Prescription Drug, Diclofenac 75 mg. I was hurting so bad that I tried it, however, was allergic to it. I don’t like taking strong medication if I can avoid it. I did research online and found that Tumeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. I looked at all the reviews on Amazon and wanted to make sure I ordered the best brand. I have been taking Dr. Danielle’s Tumeric Curcumin since 2017. My hip pain went away completely while taking the Tumeric. I was able to start walking again. I even tested it by getting off of it for a month and the pain came back within 2 weeks. Dr. Danielle’s Tumeric is an excellent brand, and I won’t stop this natural approach to Bursitis pain in my hip. Plus, through my research I learned that it helps with Dementia. I am 70 years old and my mother had Dementia so anything I can do to help my brain health, I am all for.”

6. Flora Udo’s Choice Organic Omega 3-6-9 Oil Blend

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Yet another surprising moo- boosting agent! While omega-3 fatty acids are a well-known essential nutrient for our bodies, it’s also been found that these fats are essential for a healthy mental state. This Flora Udo’s Choice Organic Omega 3-6-9 Oil Blend offers not only a dose of omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s also a great source of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. Plus, Udo’s Choice is proud to offer one of the rare plant-based vegan supplements of omega fatty acids sourced from high-quality, certified USDA organic flax, sesame, sunflower, MCT (coconut-sourced), and evening primrose oils. Along with boosting your mood, this supplement aims to improve stamina, decrease recovery time after a workout, and can even speed up healing! A 32-fluid ounce bottle costs $35.94.

impamelab says “I love this oil!!! We have been taking this oil for years, my husband faithfully for over 7 years. He’s in works in the sun, this oil is nourishing to the whole body, inside and out. Both my husband and I had a spot on our skin and it vanished while taking this within a week or two. I have started taking this oil again. My face lines seem smoother too.”

7. Anthony’s Ginger Root Supplement

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This Anthony’s Ginger Root Supplement is the perfect natural immune system-booster to have on hand! Anthony’s is a trusted vegan supplement brand that doesn’t use any GMO ingredients, fillers, binders, or additives. This blend sources potent whole organic ginger root that aims to alleviate nausea, soothe an upset stomach, promote healthy digestion, and can even boost your immune system!  A 250-vegan capsule bottle costs $12.99.

Kitcat says “As is all of Anthony’s products I have tried and continued to use, this Ginger Root supplement is by-far absolutely outstanding. Very pure, potent aroma. The quality, in my opinion, is unmatched, which is why I will only purchase Anthony’s brand products when there is an opportunity to do so. I will absolutely be purchasing this again. Thank you Anthony’s!!”

8. Kapok Naturals Organic Saffron Capsules

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Alright, here’s another surprising mood-boosting agent! Saffron is a powerful herb traditionally used to add a potent and savory flavoring to recipes, yet it’s also been found that saffron has mood-enhancing benefits as well. These Kapok Naturals Organic Saffron Capsules contain a pure blend of organic saffron, which is also rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin A, B6, and C. These capsules are organic, non-GMO, and allergen-friendly — free of nuts, tree nuts, soy, lactose, eggs, gluten, wheat, corn, or animal products. This product is also free of artificial colors and preservatives or added sugars. This saffron supplement aims to boost your mood, increase energy, support healthy appetite control, promote digestive health, boost-brain and mental health, and encourage restful sleep. A 60-vegan capsule bottle costs $15.84.

A cozy reader says “I found this product to do as it should do….lift moods. Along with a healthy diet and vitamin D3, this compound is great for adding more evenness to your day. I do recommend this product!”

9. Micro Ingredients Organic Orange Peel Powder

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Looking for a unique way to get that immune system-boosting vitamin C into your body? This Micro Ingredients Organic Orange Peel Powder is a great option! Micro Ingredients sources only the highest-quality, organic, non-GMO, and vegan-friendly ingredients for their superfood powder mixes. This organic orange peel powder is rich with antioxidants and vitamin C, yet does not contain any harsh chemicals such as additives, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or fillers. Plus, this powder gluten-free! An 8-ounce bag costs $21.95.

Natasha Kelman says “Pure 5 HTP Powder is a wonderful addition to my homeopathic regime. The powder doesn’t dissolve all that well, however, I just put a scoop or two into a small glass and add a little hot water and mix vigorously then add it to my tea or whatever I am drinking and drink it. Whatever doesn’t dissolve still tastes fine and the benefit is wonderful. If you are feeling off or down or having trouble sleeping these powdered amino acid really helps to elevate and soothe your mood. This is a great product!”

10. Nature’s Bounty Vitamin C

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Maybe powder is not your jam? This Nature’s Bounty Vitamin C supplement is another super easy and affordable way to get your daily dose of immune-boosting vitamin C. This supplement not only supports your immune system, but it also aims to support heart health, increase collagen formation for healthy joints, skin, and gums, and provides an excellent source of powerful antioxidants. A 100-capsule bottle costs $10.01.

Douglas says “I like the Nature’s Bounty brand, I have not had any issues with their products. I didn’t pay close attention to the description, these are orange-flavored which is fine.”

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