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Supplement Shown to Improve Cognition, Mood & Focus

Posted on : April 19, 2021 by Hardy Nutritionals® No Comments

Hardy Nutritionals® Daily Essential Nutrients, the world’s most research-backed supplement for mood and mental health, contains all the vitamins and minerals scientists have deemed essential for human function in a highly bioavailable format. 

This uniquely balanced micronutrient formulation is endorsed by psychiatrists and researchers for improvements in cognition, behavior, mood, and focus; it’s backed by multiple independent studies[1], including double-blind trials for the symptoms associated with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

Packed with therapeutic levels of vitamins and minerals, Daily Essential Nutrients[2] provides the body and brain with the micronutrients required to perform optimally. The formula is complete, micro-ground for maximum absorption and balanced for maximum effectiveness.

It is often difficult for patients to “break out” of mood dysregulation without some form of intervention, and this clinical-level supplement has been shown to help patients who prefer to use an alternative treatment.

Improving Mood, Focus, & Cognition

Dr. David Traster, the founder of the Neurologic Wellness Institute in Chicago, Illinois, is a “globally recognized expert[3] in the field of neurological rehabilitation” and is known for his work with patients who are suffering from head injuries and chronic pain. 

Since offering Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients to his patients, he’s noticed a positive upswing not only in their moods but also their cognitive function. 

“Our patients who take Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients see benefits in their mood, their anxiety, their depression, any sleep difficulties, executive function or cognitive deficits, any memory deficits, and fatigue,” explained Dr. Traster. 

Psychiatry and Micronutrients

Over 30 independent university studies have shown that using these specialized broad-spectrum micronutrients can effectively treat the symptoms associated with ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and PTSD. In contrast to chemical symptom management, micronutrients aim to address core underlying metabolic inefficiencies by adding the cofactors that are central to every metabolic process.

The recently published American Psychiatric Association textbook Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice[4] highlights broad-spectrum micronutrients as a “physiologically sensible approach” to treating mood, behavior, and focus associated with mental health disorders.

Citing multiple third-party-funded university studies, including those done on Hardy’s Daily Essential Nutrients, the textbook authors wrote, "...broad-spectrum micronutrients and psychiatric medications appear comparable in both antidepressant and anti-manic effects, but the micronutrients had far fewer and less severe side effects and much lower relapse rates.  Compared with conventional psychotropics, patients stabilized on broad-spectrum micronutrients have fewer residual symptoms and mood fluctuations, fewer necessary dose changes, less need for monthly medication checks, rare hospitalizations, and lower treatment costs" (Kaplan et al. 2017; Rodway et al. 2012).

Dr. Arwen Podesta[5], an integrative psychiatrist based in New Orleans, Louisiana, works with patients suffering from addiction and acute mental health symptoms. She shares, "I have many patients who use Daily Essential Nutrients...I have a handful who have been on them long-term and were able to get off of their ADD medications and off of their bipolar medications and still have really good attention and focus and still have no mood swings that are too far up or too far down. So they stay within normal range when they are on this for bipolar, and it's really successful."

Another psychiatrist, Dr. Aruna Tummala[6] uses a broad scope of intervention, including Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients, psychotherapy, and careful use of psychiatric medicines with her patients. Dr. Tummala shares that most of her patients notice differences in their mood and cognitive symptoms within three to four weeks of consistently taking Daily Essential Nutrients.  She has found it to be beneficial for patients with autism, schizophrenia, depression, psychosis, and bipolar disorder.  She notices improvements in apathy and motivation in patients taking DEN.  She has had a couple of patients who started taking DEN and discontinued after a time, only to have their symptoms reappear, affirming its impact and efficacy.

Dr. Scott Shannon[7], author of “Please Don’t Label My Child” and former President of the American Holistic Medical Association as well as the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, shares his experience using Daily Essential Nutrients with patients: "I've been working with Hardy's products for 16 years, and I have a number of patients that I've started out on these products 10-15 years ago, who are still on them, still doing well, and the best part for them, and ultimately really for me, is that they don't need my help anymore once they get on these products."

Dr. Mel Litman[8], a renowned orthomolecular specialist in Israel, uses Daily Essential Nutrients with a wide range of patients, including those with mood, hormonal, and mental health disorders.  He says, "In general, the feedback from patients who are starting on DEN is much more common with the psychiatrist patients, because there are very clear symptoms…they’re feeling less depressed, they’re feeling less anxiety, their memory function is improving.  For the autistic kids, we see their language is improving...Some of the others have to do with energy. They feel that their energy and vitality is better when they’re on the micronutrients, and they feel that it will go down when they stop [taking] them.”

Dr. Charles Popper[9] a psychiatrist, and psychopharmacologist at Harvard Medical School, discusses why choosing a clinical formulation like Daily Essential Nutrients is superior to relying on store-bought multivitamin therapies.  He says, “Many of the vitamins and minerals that people obtain from drugstores are relatively low-quality vitamins and minerals. They contain many ingredients, but they don't necessarily absorb into the body. Their biological availability is often very poor. So it is, in fact, true that people are taking vitamins and minerals without getting substantial effects out of them. Especially in psychiatry, when we are using these as medical treatments, we look for very much higher quality vitamins and minerals that are demonstrated to have much higher absorption rates than the routine commercial formulations.”

Not All Multivitamin Mineral Supplements Are Created Equal

The levels of vitamins and minerals found in Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients are not easily replicated.  In fact, the specific ingredients at the levels supported by the published research would cost over $400 per month for patients to replicate using individual nutrients.

At a TEDx event[10] Dr. Julia Rucklidge, a widely renowned clinical psychologist who has researched micronutrient therapy for years, had this to say about clinical supplements compared to store-bought multivitamin products: "When I say micronutrients, I am actually referring to a dose higher than what you'd get out of a vitamin pill purchased at the would be unlikely that if you went and got an over-the-counter supplement, [that] you would see these positive benefits, both because the dose is lower and the breadth of nutrients is lower."

Learn more about the clinical research behind Daily Essential Nutrients and how to use it in your practice at







Hardy Nutritionals® multivitamin-mineral products are powered by our proprietary NutraTek™ mineral delivery technology, which combines each mineral with specialized organic molecules—just like nature—to optimize absorption and distribution to body cells. Our flagship supplement, Daily Essential Nutrients, is widely considered to be the most research-backed micronutrient treatment.
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