St. John's Wort and SAMe are two of the most popular natural supplements used to combat depression. Before trying these two herbal remedies, I would suggest trying a good B-Complex (quality makes all the difference) and Citicoline. St. John's Wort and SAMe are not suitable for those with bipolar. People run the risk of becoming bipolar on St. John's Wort and SAMe, although it may work for others without any adverse effects. Good for short term usage to lift people out of deep depression, but long term usage may promote instability. They are best taken infrequently, on a need to basis.
Supplements for Depression
Details: B-Vitamins are needed for proper brain functioning and regulating nervous system.
Coenzymated B-Vitamins: Gentler on the stomach. Cause less indigestion. More readily processed by the body than Non-coenzymated.
Product: Jarrow B-Right $9 online
Details: Helps rebuild grey matter. Increases mental alertness.
Product: Jarrow Citicoline, Cognizin CDP $18 online
3) Niacin B-3 (Caution)
Details: Increases blood circulation. Used to treat Arthritis, Cholesterol, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Dementia, and other Mental Illness. Produces temporary skin reddening which is beneficial to health. $3-$9 online
Cons: Stomach Upset -Take with Food containing Protein. Hives or Hot Flash Skin Reaction: "Niacin Flush". Within minutes to a few hours the skin will become red and itchy (some people may experience an annoying, intense itching, while others may have a milder more enjoyable reaction). Lasts 30 minutes to more than 2 hours, depending on individual and dosage. Redness or "Niacin Flush" will eventually subside. It is recommended that people start with 25 mg. At 25 mg you may not receive any "flushing", and increase to 50-100 mg depending on their needs. 200mg to lower cholesterol. 100-1000mg 1-3 times daily for mental and physical illness.
Warnings: Do not take Niacin if you have kidney problems. When taking any single B-Vitamin, must take B-Complex.
4) Amino Acid Balance
Details: Contains Amino Acids, the building blocks of protein. Can be taken sublingually under tongue if bought in Crystalline Powder Form. Helpful for those who are malnourished or recovering from addictions or eating disorders suffering from depression.
Product: Anabol Naturals Amino Acid Balance. $15-$55 online
Other Helpful Supplements
1) DHA/EPA Balance
Details: Improves Brain, Skin, Cardiovascular Function.
Product: Jarrow EPA/DHA Balance $14-$24 online
2) Co Q10
Details: An antioxidant necessary for cell's energy production. Kaneka or Ubiquinol is a more expensive and bio-available form of Co Q10. People with depression are more likely to suffer from heart disease. Good for Heart Health, Lowers Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Parkinson's, Brain Booster, Gum Disease, Reduce Rx Medication Side Effects, Migraines, and Additional Benefits. Heart Health, Lowers Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Parkinson's, Brain Booster, Gum Disease, Reduce Rx Medication Side Effects, etc.
Cons: Expensive. $15-$50 online
3) Maca or Suma
Details: Milder/Gentler alternatives to Ginseng. Increases stamina and vitality.
Brands: Nature's Answer or Nature's Way $9-$12 online
Details: Increases stamina and vitality. $6-$10 online
Cons: Can cause headaches.
4) Dopa Mucuna
Details: Aids in Growth Hormones and has subtle effects on improving mood. Natural form of L-Dopa. B-Complex aids in absorption.
Cons: Can cause mania in high dosages. Mild Results.
5) SAMe or TMG
Details: SAMe helps improve mood. Aids in cartilage formation. Results are noticeable immediately. Very effective. TMG is a cheaper way for your body to make its own SAMe. Most people prefer SAMe over St. John's Wort. Can be taken on a need to basis if develop mania.
Cons: Not for those with bipolar. Even those who are not bipolar may experience mania or confusion with continued dosage.
Tips- Try to sleep before 11 pm in order to follow the body's own natural hormone regulatory system or Circadian Rhythms that corresponds with the hours of the day. Spend more time outdoors. Benefit from fresh air and natural light.
Note: I am not affiliated with any of the products I recommend. I do not get paid for my recommendations.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes, and does not dispense medical, legal or professional advice, or prescribe any treatment or strategy that should be tested without the advice of a professional. The author makes no claim about the validity of the statements made. Readers claim sole responsibility for the use of information obtained from this article.