Top 3 Natural Supplements for Depression

Over 15 million Americans suffer from some sort of depression. Many people first turn to drugs such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Lexapro to treat their depression, and fail to investigate natural and holistic supplements. The truth is, numerous natural vitamins and supplements have been clinically proven to boost mood and aid in depression management.

Below are 3 of the most important natural supplements for enhancing mood and improve depression.

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a natural occurring hormone in the body that is produced by the adrenal glands. As men and women age, the levels of DHEA begin to steadily drop. Out of the three natural antidepressants reviewed, DHEA has the most promise and effectiveness. In a current article published on WEB MD titled “DHEA may help midlife depression”, half of the DHEA users experienced a 50% reduction in depressive symptoms. Studies published in the American Journal of Psychiatry also point to this natural hormone as being therapeutic for treatment of depression. The article on WEB MD goes on to state that users who refuse to take prescription products can benefit from natural supplementation with DHEA. Users of DHEA can also benefit from fat loss and a boost in libido associated with DHEA.

5- HTP is a natural occurring amino acid which is sold over the counter for depression and even insomnia treatment. 5-HTP has been said to work by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. All though some double blind studies have suggested that 5-HTP may have some benefits, better clinical trials are needed to confirm the effectiveness of this amino acid for depression.5-HTP has been linked to cause heart valve damage as well as hypertension.

St John’s Wort is derived from a yellow flowered plant and has been used for hundreds of years to help treat depression. A review by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) concluded that St. John’s Wort had little or no evidence of treating depression. Although St John’s Wort has very few side effects, this natural antidepressant treatment has been linked to several interactions with prescription products. St John’s Wort is metabolized in the liver through the Cytochrome P450 which is a common route of most prescription products. Consult your doctor before using this product as it can causes serious issues with any prescription products.
Depression is a very complex illness that can be related to genetics factors, life changing events, substance abuse and certain medication just to name a few. The biology of depression is believed to be related to a chemical process in the brain which produces less serotonin and norepinephrine.

Pharmaceutical products such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Lexapro have all been proven to treat patients suffering with various sort of depression. Although these products are regularly prescribed to treat depression, they do come with serious side effects. Drugs like Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac should only be taken when other natural and holistic methods have been exhausted and prove ineffective.

Depression remains to be a very complex disease which can be overcome with proper medications and therapy. Although prescription products remain the first line gold standard treatment, natural remedies such as DHEA show effectiveness in treating depression. As with all natural supplements, consult your doctor before staring any new regiment.

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