The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions–Today

ISBN: 0142003646
ISBN 13: 9780142003640
By: Julia Ross

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Are you a part of the bad mood epidemic? Here are the answers you've been looking for! Julia Ross’s plan provides a natural cure for your mood. Drawing on thirty years of experience, she presents breakthrough solutions to overcoming depression, anxiety, irritability, stress, and other negative emotional states that are diminishing the quality of our lives. Her comprehensive program is  based on the use of four mood-building amino acids and other surprisingly potent nutrient supplements, plus a diet rich in good-mood foods such as protein, healthy fat, and certain key vegetables. Including an individualized mood-type questionnaire, The Mood Cure has all the tools to help you get started today and feel better tomorrow.

Reader's Thoughts


This book had a LOT of information that I have been looking for. By the time I got to page 18 I could guess that my problem is related to serotonin and also that I need to get my thyroid checked. Which is already more info than I got at the doctor's office. I also got information about some supplements to try but I can't give a report yet about if the treatment works. I recommend this book to anybody who has a mood problem or a mental illness and would like an alternative to anti-depressants.


This looks like a self-help style quick fix book, but its actually realy good if you are interested in natural remedies for any kind of emotional stress, instability, lack of motivation, anxiety etc etc. I have been looking for a good book on the subject of dealing with depression and anxiety through diet and natural means FOR YEARS. Many other books were either too vaque or so complicated that I had to just put it dowm. This is easy to read but detailed enough to take seriously. I learned a lot. It reads like choose-your-own adventure, allowing the reader to focus on individual concerns and jump around a bit. The author also breaks down the depression epidemic as it relates to modern food science (which fit well with the Pollan and Kingsolver I have been reading lately!!) The focus ("cure" if you will) deals with a combination of amino acid supplements with a diet void of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and starchy foods. Seems obvious to cut out these things, but to read the explanations make it a more attainable and worthwhile goal. I was sold, for sure.

Dez Hanna

The Mood Cure was just what I was looking for. At 53 I started experiencing insomnia, mood swings, anxiety, high blood pressure spikes, food cravings, etc. I thought I was losing my mind and not really sure where to turn,after going to my doctor who put me on ativan, which is a benzodiazepine, and has a really bad history of addiction, this book literally put me back on the right track & saved my life. I was looking for a natural approach to my health crisis, and I found It with this book. It is a starting point for a problem with anxiety & depression, for you it may not be a cure all, but it does give you allot of options. I have learned that great health is a constant journey of trial and error and figuring out what works for your body.

Chris Rioux

I can't say enough good things about this book: It is chock-full of health, nutritional, and biochemical information on how we can alter the chemical imbalances in our body and brain by simply changing the foods that we eat and taking a few supplements where necessary. I thought I knew a lot about health and nutrition before I read this book, but the information on these pages is blowing me away.


I read this book on the recommendation of my friend and nutritionist. I found it well written and easy to understand. There was some repetition of things and some parts that really didn't pertain to me. However, the sections that did address some of my issues, I found quite interesting.

Jennifer Jaynes

I read this after reading "The Diet Cure," and I'm SO glad I did. Julia Ross knows her aminos and how powerful they can be when it comes to mood. This is information that few, if any, conventional doctors will mention... which is too bad.I'm now on a regimen of l-tryptophan, l-tyrosine, GABA, DLPA, B-Complex vitamins, calcium/magnesium and quality proteins--and I feel better than ever. I noticed improvements almost immediately and HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who is struggling with depression and/or anxiety.I would also recommend for anyone suffering from low energy or apathy.


I'd originally picked this up to see if it had ideas for SAD for a member of my family. As it turns out, there are lots of ideas for anyone who might be dealing with thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, or even the various hormonal imbalances that come with menopause or under times of great stress. It's definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who's feeling a bit out of kilter.

Le Chuck

We're in a bad mood epidemic alright, but I don't think it has as much to do with diet than, say, the economy, overcrowding, our deteriorating environment, etc. This book is an interesting take on our current epidemic from the dietary perspective, regardless of how off base it may be at times. The impact of low protein, low fat diet on mental health, in mind, is the most believable. Also- the use of amino acid supplementation to increase endogenous neurotransmitter levels in lieu of SSRIs is great. The role of gluten however is much less proven or believable. This book further supports the cottage industry that is gluten enteropathy.


"We're in a bad mood epidemic." -- Julia RossA practical, simple, and healthy approach on using natural remedies to improve your emotional well-being. Even if you have no "need" for this book, READ it. The information is overwhelming, fascinating, and surprising!

Amanda Miranda-flores

Life changing. Need I say more?


This book filled in a lot of knowledge gaps for me between nutrition facts that I sort of knew before, such as that people need plenty of serotonin and other neurotransmitters to maintain a good mood and that low-calorie diets usually backfire. I've tried some of the recommended eating patterns (less sugar, less refined flour, more protein, not worrying about fat) and I do seem to be feeling better. Hubby made me steak with vegetables and potatoes last night and I woke up this morning feeling more alert (after the first few minutes in the dark) and with a better appetite than I have in a while. Normally I would eat more wheat noodles or bread and less meat. In addition, after eating spinach and cheese omelets for breakfast for a few days, we went to a church potluck on Sunday and I was not tempted AT ALL to eat any of the desserts. I felt totally satisfied and my body hasn't been craving sugar like it sometimes would, although I haven't really been a sugar junkie for a long time--more of a wheat flour junkie.That said, I do want to investigate the claim that eating tons of saturated fat is good for you. It sounds awesome, but it's difficult for me to shed the idea that saturated fat is evil. I also have not tried any of Ross' advice on supplements, which is mostly what this book is about (her food advice is apparently more fleshed out (haha) in The Diet Cure). I frequently feel like I have low energy, am unmotivated, lack enthusiasm, and sometimes can't stay focused. Vitamin D has helped me in the past and I'm still taking it, but I may try some of Ross' suggestions for low-serotonin-sufferers such as taking a 5-HTP supplement. I've also never taken Omega-3 fish oil supplements and I don't eat much seafood, so that's another consideration.Overall, I found the structure of the book kind of confusing and overwhelming. When I'm reading this kind of thing, I really prefer more of a list-type format for things to try. Granted, I read the whole book through, and it seems like instead it's more meant for the reader to jump around in. There were some lists like the Master Supplement Plan that the reader could use to figure out what they would try and in what order, but I would have liked to have seen a master list of the bare bones content of everything she talked about in the book--more like an outline of what to try if you have which symptoms, in what dosage and how many times per day and WHAT time, in what order, and what to be cautious about right there on the chart. So, I may try some of the simpler, more harmless solutions and see what happens to me, but if I decide to go any further with it (which I probably won't because I don't have tons of time and money to devote to it), I would want to see a naturopath or a nutritionist.Update 2/12/2014: I thought I'd update with a note that I did indeed try a 5-HTP supplement, but it was not a good solution for me. It caused me to snap awake in the middle of the night. The author did mention in the book that it does that to some people, though--I guess I'm in that minority.


After reading this book and trying some of the supplements out with my own family I seriously wanted to buy a copy of this book for nearly everyone I have ever met. Even keep a box of extras for random people I meet in my day to day life! Really brings together the pieces with mental health and nutrition and offers simple, practical, effective solutions. A must read

Kalin Rheanne

This book is a must read for every person.Everyone experiences fluctuations in moods and at one point or another may experience difficulty sleeping, anxiety, irritability, etc. without it being to the point where they see a psychiatrist. This book will be very useful to the general population, but especially to those who have "diagnosable" "mood disorders." (I use quotes for my own purposes, but you can feel free to ignore that.)Through proper diet and supplement programs, as well as lifestyle changes, it is possible to cure mood disorders without drugs. Obviously, you want to take the drugs if necessary and wean off only when ready. This book does an outstanding job of giving you all of the information you need. It discusses your brain chemistry and how it is affected by foods you eat as well as what supplements you can take to balance it.This is a well researched book backed by countless scientific references and is a legitimate resource. I 1000% recommend this book.

Smita Krishnaswamy

Very interesting perspective on the nutritional deficiencies that can cause imbalances in neurotransmitters and in turn mood disorders. Not entirely sure about the backing behind the research.


I got a LOT of excellent information from this book, but I held off any review until I put the regimen into actual practice for at least a few weeks. My friend Natalie also recommended this book, and noted that she regularly saw improvements to her energy/focus level within MINUTES, which was very intriguing to me. I found that assessment to be true as well - attention, energy, SOUND sleep, alertness on waking all have marked improvement in a very short time span after taking the amino acid supplements. The regimen advocates an array of vitamins in addition to the key amino acids an individual is lacking, and I wasn't sure I was going to be able to keep track of what I should be taking and when, but I got my routine down very quickly. I definitely prefer investing in vitamins over looking for relief with prescription meds.The author does an excellent job of connecting the nutritional shortcomings of the American diet with the emotional/attention difficulties we experience, and how the supplements work to overcome a broken system. No magic bullets though - diet change is definitely required as well.

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