Have you ever wondered that herbal supplements can play a significant role in treating your depression?
In fact, alternative medicines strategies including mind-body techniques and supplements can relieve depression symptoms to great extent. However, they are not a substitute for standard treatment therapies for depression.
Before you decide to begin any alternative medicine, you should clearly understand risks and benefits of pursuing alternative therapy.
Common Herbal remedies and supplements for Depression
There is a wide range of herbal remedies and supplements that you may consider for treating your
mood disorders or other mental health disorders.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3s are believed to offer numerous health benefits including improving depression symptoms. Doctors may recommend a diet rich in omega-3 supplements to treat your mood disorders.
Sources of Omega-3 fatty acid: As Omega-3 fatty acids are not produced naturally in our body, they have to be taken through our diet. These healthy fats are found in walnuts, cold-water fish, flaxseed, flax oil, and other food supplements.
The effectiveness of antidepressants is increased by taking Omega-3 fatty acids.
St. John’s Wort: It is basically an herb that is being used for treating various diseases from centuries. It improves the symptoms of mild or moderate depression when taken as a dietary supplement.
Side effects of St. John’s Wort may include dry mouth, indigestion, dizziness, and fatigue. As it can lead to increased photosensitivity, patients consuming this herb should exercise extra caution for protecting skin and eyes from sunlight.
SAME: It is an abbreviated form of S-adenosylmethionine. It is a synthetic chemical that occurs naturally in the human body. It increases the levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. It improves the symptoms of mild or moderate depression when taken as a dietary supplement.
Folic Acid: As per the researchers, depressed people have reduced levels of vitamin B. The folic acid is another name of Vitamin B and it can take care of depression in more than one ways.
Depressed people with low levels of folic acid do not respond well to antidepressants and thus, patients can increase the effectiveness of antidepressants by taking folic acid in supplement form.
Sources of Folic Acid: Green leafy vegetables, fortified grains, fruit, beans, and other vegetables. Folic acid is also available as vitamin B Complex and dietary supplements.
Common causes that lead to vitamin deficiencies are poor diet, chronic medical conditions and side effects of various medications like aspirin and birth control pills.
5-HTTP: It is an abbreviated form of 5-hydroxytryptophan. It occurs naturally in the body and plays a role in the production of neurotransmitter serotonin.
The serotonin levels of body may be boosted by taking 5-HTP in supplement form. However, one should ensure to consult with doctor before taking this supplement.
Vitamin B6: It is required for the production of serotonin and dopamine (mood-enhancing neurotransmitters).
Deficiency of Vitamin B6 may result from medications for TB, oral contraceptives, and hormone replacement therapy.
Magnesium: Deficiency of Magnesium may also lead to decreased production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters like serotonin in body.
Deficiency of Magnesium may result from Stress and lack of magnesium in diets of patients.
Sources of magnesium include green vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.