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15 Natural Options for Depression

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Balancing Serotonin: As a precursor to serotonin, 5-HTP helps to restore healthy levels of this much needed brain chemical.† I usually use 50 to 100 mg of 5-HTP at bedtime for two months for people with depression.

Herbal Support: Despite one well-publicized study that demonstrated the ineffectiveness of St. Johnís wort against severe depression, many research studies show that it is effective against mild and moderate depression, and it also helps raise serotonin levels in the brain. I recommend 900 to 1200 mg daily.† However, avoid taking St. Johnís wort if you are taking pharmaceutical antidepressants, and do not take it within two to three hours of sunlight exposure.

Boosting Oxygen in the Brain: The herb gingko biloba helps bring more oxygen to the brain via the blood stream. Your brain needs oxygen to work properly. A beneficial dose for depression is 60 mg three times daily.

Regulating Brain Biochemistry:† S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) occurs naturally in the body and helps regulate certain biochemical reactions, including those linked to mood regulation; however it can be low in people suffering from depression. Four hundred to 1600 mg daily of SAMe to ensure your brain can make important mood elevating hormones.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and the upcoming book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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11:00PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thanks for this article, I've had terrible reactions to prescribed antidepressants and I've been battling depression for years. I'm going to try these supplements. Thanks again

4:27AM PDT on Jun 8, 2013

Thank you :)

6:36AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thanks

8:26PM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thanks for the info. For mild depression, Rescue Remedy works not only for people but for pets too!

8:08AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

We have legislation in Massachusetts USA to get coverage for Holistic and Naturopthic medicine coverage for people with depression and anxiety the natural cure/relief for this illness is GABATROL. The Holistic and Naturopathic medicine is the oldest medicine in the world and people want to bring it back to help people with an illness or chronic illness like cancer. Please help us and sign our petition at Healt Options - Holistic and Naturopathic medicine for Massachusetts USA

5:25AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thx.

11:00AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Please discuss the amount of VItamin D suggested. According to the converter I used, 2 grams is the equivalent of 80 million IU, which is way beyond toxic.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting article and as others have mentioned when having signs of depression it is best to see a qualified doctor for a consultation. Usually talk therapy and some form of prescription is necessary when dealing about clinical depression. There are various types of depression, the milder forms are okay in some cases for St. Johns Wort, used widely in Europe. Often family doctors simply prescribe medication without talk therapy-a combination of both is the most beneficial in the case of clinical depression which is severe and needs medical assistance as it is difficult to treat by oneself.

Other combinations such as healthy eating, exercise( which is often difficult for those with clinical depression) but does help are also necessary. Am not really sure about the supplements as there so many out there and who really knows about them as they are not regulated too well.

3:28PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Can anyone tell me what´s 5 HTP???please?

2:44PM PDT on May 31, 2012

thanks

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