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Best Natural Supplements For Depression

Updated on October 17, 2016

Sadly in recent years depression is something that seems to be affecting more and more people. When people first start feeling the symptoms of depression they generally do one of two things. Firstly, some try to ignore the symptoms and pretend that everything's OK. Whilst it's true that many of us feel down from time to time, if feelings of depression persist, ignoring the problem will often only make things worse. Secondly, they head straight off to the doctors only to be prescribed with powerful anti-depressant drugs that have the potential to do more long term harm than good.

Rather than ignoring depression or heading straight down to the doctors, why not first try one of the many natural supplements for depression. Many people have gained lasting relief from their symptoms by using on of the following supplements for depression and trying to beat depression the natural way.

St John's Wort

St John's Wort is widely used as a natural supplement for depression. It is thought to inhibit the neurotransmitters linked to depression. In countries that prescribe natural herbal remedies more freely, St John's Wort is often prescribed in favor of other medicinal drugs such as anti depressants or placebo. Although St John's Wort is most commonly used for the symptoms of mild depression, there is also evidence to suggest that it can be helpful for people suffering with more severe forms of depression.

Folic Acid

Folate deficiency is widely believed to be a contributing factor in depression. Although folic acid hasn't been tested as a stand alone treatment for depression, many studies have shown positive results and a decrease in the symptoms of depression when participants have supplemented with folic acid, especially in women. Folic acid is a form of B-Vitamin which again affects the neurotransmitters believed to be linked with depression.

Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids are well known for their positive effects on cholesterol levels but they are also thought to be helpful in lifting the symptoms of anxiety and depression, both unipolar and bipolar.

Cholesterol levels within the bloodstream play a vital role in your body's ability to deal with inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to aching joints, swollen glands and a general feeling of being unwell. If this state of poor health continues for an extended period mild depression can often result. Omega 3's are also thought to have a positive effect on brain activity. We've all heard the old saying about fish being good for the brain, this is true because fish are full of omega 3's. Just as important as Omega 3's though are their big brother Omega 6's. To gain control over inflammation you should be aiming to consume the perfect balance of omega 3's to omega 6's and preferably in food form. To maintain this proper balance I'd recommend getting hold of some ground flaxseed. Ground flaxseed contains Omega 3's and omega 6's in the perfect balance for human absorption and health. Ground flaxseed is a cheap and easy way to add those important Omega fatty acids into your daily diet.

B-Vitamins

Recent studies have shown that B-Vitamins, especially vitamin B12 can help with the treatment of depression. Although the studies were focused around those who were already on some form of medication for depression, an adequate supply of B-Vitamins is vitally important for the body to perform it's daily functions, including the production of red blood cells and the process of converting food into energy. If you feel that you're not experiencing 'normal' levels of energy and are feeling fatigued or depressed then B-Vitamin deficiency may well be the culprit. B-Vitamins are thought to reduce the effects of depression and also mood swings, irritability and other nervous problems.

Natural is Best

As you can probably tell from this article, I'm a firm believer that when it comes to fighting depression, natural is most definitely best and supplements should be tried before medically prescribed anti-depressants. That is just my opinion, though, and this is only a decision that each individual can make on their own.

Do you think that natural supplements can help with depression?

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Nice hub. I have folic acid and omega 3 supplement. haha! Maybe that's why I'm far from being depressed. :))

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      nutritionhub 4 years ago

      Thanks, yeah you do sound pretty happy. Glad to hear they're working! :-)

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