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What Vitamins or Supplements Help Diminish Depression?

Updated on February 5, 2013

Natural Compounds To Help With Depression

Did you know vitamins and supplements can help to diminish mild cases of depression? Yes, that's right some vitamin supplements can actually help to ward off depression. However if you are taking medication , check with your doctor before starting on any vitamins or supplements. Some vitamins or supplements will interact with medications.

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Fish Oil

Studies have shown the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil play an essential role in healthy development and maintenance in the brain. Our bodies do not produce these fatty acids. Therefore, we must get them from outside sources. Fish oil helps to relieve mild to moderate depression. There is no set dosage for fish oil, but it is suggested not to overdue it. A good basis to start with would be 300-500 mg per day. Studies have shown a common dose to treat depression needs to be higher, approximately 1 to 4 g per day. However, check with your doctor before taking any large doses.


St. John's Wort

St. John's wort is an herbal remedy used to treat depression. Some people look at this as an alternative to anti-depressants. It is not recommended by experts for a person with severe depression to take St. John's Wort. It is usually only used for those with mild depression. Generally, it is safe but can make one more susceptible to sunburn.


Studies have revealed when folate is used alongside antidepressants, it helps to reduce depression more than with the antidepressant alone. Folate deficiency has been associated with depressive disorders.

Three studies, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, showed supplementing depression treatment with folate lessened the effects of depression.


SAM-e is a natural compound. Studies indicate it relieves depression, but without the unpleasant side effects. Research was conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School indicates SAM-e may be another treatment alternative for those suffering from depression.

SAM-e is used to support your mood health. It helps to restore your mood health naturally. Normal dosage is two tablets daily.

SAM-e is known to interact with some medications. If you are taking MAO inhibitors, please consult with a physician prior to taking SAM-e. SAM-e should not be taken if you are using St. John's Wort.

Depression Facts

Approximately 18.8 million people are effective by some form of depression disorders. Two-thirds of the people suffering from depression never seek necessary treatment. This is a sad, but true fact. Everyone, will at some time in their life be affected by depression, their own or someone else's.


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    passionfashion 5 years ago

    Natural supplements help better than drugs since they facilitate the body's needs in response. Exercise is also very beneficial for depression. As a matter of fact, most European doctors prescribe exerciese for patients who are depressed.

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    proudmamma 5 years ago

    BlissfulWriter, thanks for stopping by to read my hub.

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    BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

    I definately agree with going with Fish Oil and Omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are very brain healthy.

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    No, I haven't checked into 5-HTP. Thank you for taking time to read my hub and comment. I appreciate the feedback.

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    Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

    proudmamma - have you checked int0 5-HTP? I know people who have taken and swear by it. It however hurt my stomach so badly that I was not able to take it.

    Lots of good advice here.

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    proudmamma 6 years ago

    Thanks for the read and the comment aliciajfarinoli. You are right about the blood thinners and any form of medication interacting with St. John's Wort. I discovered this in my research before writing the hub.

    During my research, I discovered before taking any form of supplements or vitamins one should always consult with their physician. This is the reason I put the information in the first paragraph in bold print.

    Thanks again for stopping by to give my hub a read.

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    aliciajfarinoli 6 years ago from Fitzwilliam, NH

    Those on any form of blood thinner though should talk to their doctor before taking St. John's Wort...since it will affect your blood. I found that out the hard way...But then again if you are taking medications of any sort, you should always consult your doctor about the reactions they can have with anything else.

    This is a very good hub. Seeing that I am one of the many who fights with depression. I am luck in the sense that I do not have to fight it all the time.