Resistant Starch: The Good Mood Food

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:


Before I got into biohacking, I never heard a peep about how important it is to keep my gut health in tip-top shape.

I didn’t know that SO many things can go wrong when you don’t take care of your gut, and failure to do so landed me with all kinds of health issues – one of them being low mood.

It wasn’t just my gut though, my issues went even deeper than that… It started with my BDNF gene. Having variants that were associated with low BDNF activity meant dealing with symptoms like brain fog, bad moods, and major fatigue on a daily basis.

And stress wasn’t helping. It was something that was harder to get away from in my daily life, but supplements like Theanine (found in Jo’s Mood Daily) helped decrease my cortisol levels, or in other words, promoted relaxation and focus: two things I definitely needed…

Because stress was only making those symptoms ten times worse.

That’s where gut health comes in. Our bodies produce butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid that increases BDNF levels – and a lot of it is produced in our gut.

But why is butyrate so important anyway? Well, the good bacteria in your gut flourish on it, and the cells that make up your gut lining get about 70% of their energy needs from it too.

Higher butyrate levels mean more BDNF activity – and more BDNF activity means a boost in brain function, and better moods overall! So, when your gut is happy, YOU’RE happy too!

I used to take butyrate supplements every day to increase my BDNF levels, but my experience with these pills, for lack of a better word – sucked. They smelled bad, tasted bad, and having to take SIX capsules a day ruined my mood anyway.

I traded my butyrate capsules for resistant starch, a type of fiber that is known for helping the gut microbiome flourish and aids in the production of butyrate.

Both foods with resistant starch and other resistant starch supplements didn’t agree with my body and led to gas and bloating, but I knew I couldn’t be the only one who needed a way to increase butyrate levels WITHOUT the side effects.

So I designed my own resistant starch formula with simple, clean ingredients.

And I know exactly what is in every scoop – and anyone who tries Jo’s Resistant Starch can get all the benefits without the gas and bloating that usually comes with it.

Now, by increasing my butyrate levels with resistant starch, my BDNF activity has increased too – and I can honestly say that I’ve never felt better: my gut health is where it needs to be, my brain fog has lifted, and my mood is finally regulated.

Jo’s Resistant Starch helps to keep my gut happy, and in return, it helps keep ME happy! Talk about symbiosis ☯️

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

As a kid, Joe suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, mood and other issues that were poorly understood in both conventional and alternative medicine. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a journey of self-experimentation and self-learning to improve his health--something that has since become known as “biohacking”. With thousands of experiments and pubmed articles under his belt, Joe founded SelfHacked, the resource that was missing when he needed it. SelfHacked now gets millions of monthly readers. Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, author and speaker. He is the CEO and founder of SelfDecode. His mission is to help people gain access to the most up-to-date, unbiased, and science-based ways to optimize their health.


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