Thursday, October 31, 2013

Supplements and Depression - 4 Supplements to Help Defeat Depression Symptoms

Depression strikes many people at some point of another in their lives. Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, anxiety, loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, and changes in appetite and sleep patterns can all signal the onset of depression. If these symptoms are severe or debilitating, a visit to your doctor might be in order. However, for mild cases of depression symptoms, natural approaches can be very effective in managing the blues. Supplements can be very useful in this application. Consulting with your naturopath about new supplements you plan to take and to create the ideal supplement "cocktail" for you is advisable for safety and optimal health. Here are 4 supplements you can try to fight the symptoms of depression:

1.       A food based multivitamin, and calcium if you don't consume lots of calcium rich foods. The mind body connection is a strong one, and supporting overall physical health is important for supporting your mental and emotional health.  

2.      A high quality fish oil. Fish oil contains certain fatty acids that have been shown to promote brain health. Fish oil also has other physical benefits including anti-inflammatory properties and cardiovascular benefit.

3.      L-theanine. This natural anti-anxiety supplement helps to ease the anxiety that can go along with depression. It comes readily in capsule form, and also a sublingual spray for quick absorption.

4.      5 HTP (hydroxytryptophan). This is a natural precursor to serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter that is contributes to mood regulation. In this form, it is the next step of the breakdown of tryptophan, the substance found in tukey that creates the "turkey bliss" sensation at Thanksgiving. It typically comes in capsule form and is often taken in conjunction with L-theanine.

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