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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