"Mindful is specifically designed for our brains to make it easier for people suffering to find the product they need."

Melanie Lawson, CEO and founder of Bare Biology

Support your mental health from the inside out

Stress, depression and anxiety affect almost one in four of us each year so even if you’re suffering, the last thing you should feel is alone. But while taking action may be the last thing you feel like doing, performing small acts of self-care each day can lift your mood.

And one of the most simple acts of self-care you can perform may also be one of the most effective. Taking a daily dose of Omega 3 fish oil.

From sadness and pessimism to insomnia and inability to work, Omega 3 fish oil has been shown to reduce the symptoms of low-mood disorders such as depression. But with such an array of supplements vying for your attention on the shelves, it’s hard to know which one will work best.

At Bare Biology we believe the mood-boosting properties of Omega 3 should be easily available for everyone. And that’s why we’re launching Mindful, our brand new product designed to nourish and support the brain.

Fresh and pure, it contains all the vital DHA the brain needs in one small, easy-to-take daily dose. So no matter how you’re feeling, take Mindful every day and you’ll know that you’re doing your very best to support your mental health.

The Mindful Story

We know first-hand how important it is to take care of yourself if you suffer from mental health issues. Bare Biology was born because Omega 3 fish oil helped our founder, Melanie Lawson, overcome symptoms of depression and OCD. Melanie explains…

“I’ve had a lifelong ‘relationship’ with mental health. Both my own, that of my parents, of friends and employees. I’ve suffered from OCD and anxiety since I was nine, and a crippling bout of pre and postnatal depression with my second child was the reason I founded Bare Biology. Omega 3 played a huge part in my recovery and still does. Our brains need nourishing in the right way to work well, just like the rest of our body.

The range we have is already perfect to support mental health, but I wanted to launch something specifically designed for our brains to make it easier for people suffering to find the product they need. It’s not always obvious, when perusing the aisles of a health food store, to know what supplements are for. Hopefully our Mindful packaging will make it easy!”

Why Mindful?

Scientists know that Omega 3 levels are low in people with depression and that societies who eat large amounts of oily fish have much lower rates of mental health problems overall. Omega 3 fatty acids are vital for building healthy brain cells, so all our clinical strength Omega 3 fish oil will be great for your mental health.

But with Mindful we’ve made a good thing even better by creating a supplement with the maximum amount of DHA (which stands for docosahexaenoic acid) in every capsule.

When you take a daily dose of Mindful, you’re feeding your brain 560mg of pure, nourishing DHA (and 40mg of anti-inflammatory EPA as well). The essential fatty acid DHA accounts for up to 97% of the total Omega 3 fats in the brain. Without it this powerful organ simply doesn’t work quite as well.

DHA is generally considered the most important of the Omega 3 fatty acids when it comes to brain function. Low levels of DHA are linked to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s. That’s because, besides being the building blocks of the brain cells themselves, DHA can help regulate some important chemical messengers in the brain that deal with mood, such as serotonin.

However, our bodies cannot produce enough brain-nourishing DHA on their own, so we need to make sure we’re consuming enough of it through our diet or as a supplement.

Read more about DHA and what it can do for your mental health here.

What’s inside Mindful?

One daily capsule of Mindful contains 560mg of DHA and 40g EPA from small, oily fish - more than a whole tin of sardines.

 The fish we use are wild, never farmed and there are no chemicals or nasties lurking - and we can prove it. Every batch is certified and awarded a 5-star purity and quality rating from International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS), the highest accolade you can receive and a guarantee of purity, freshness and strength.

Each pot contains 30 capsules which is a month’s supply of your essential Omega 3 fish oil intake. And at £16 for a month’s supply, it will cost just 53p a day to support your healthy mind.

Read more about what’s inside Mindful here.

Mindful and Mental Health Mates

By taking Mindful each day you won’t just be boosting your own well-being, you’ll also be doing your bit to support the mental health of others.

That’s because £1 from every product sold will be donated to Mental Health Mates, an initiative founded by best-selling author Bryony Gordon who has documented her own struggles with OCD and depression in her Telegraph column.

Bryony decided she wanted to meet other people suffering from mental illness and provide a space where people could walk and talk about their problems without fear of judgement. From a single walk on Valentine’s Day in Hyde Park in 2016 with almost 20 people, a global mental-health network was formed. Mental Health Mates is now in 30 towns and cities around the world.

Bryony says: “If you have mental health problems, sometimes it feels like there’s nothing you can do to help yourself except take antidepressants. And to me, that’s part of my story, but not my whole story.

Since forming Mental Health Mates I’ve learned that managing my condition takes a more holistic approach that involves exercise, therapy, sleep and looking at my diet and nutrition. Of course, not one single thing on its own will cure you, but all of these things combined together puts you in a place where you are more likely to be able to move forwards with your mental illness.

That’s why partnering with Bare Biology felt so right. For me taking my fish oil everyday is all about self care. It’s that little act in the morning of doing something positive for myself and for the rest of the day it makes it more likely that I’m going to do more positive things.”

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