Depression Alternative Ways to Help
St John Wort – Appears to be effective for the treatment of depression can be as good at lifting depression as drugs like Prozac.
Note: St. John’s wort can interfere with many medications. Also, avoid taking St. John’s wort while taking antidepressants
5-hydroxytryptophan (5-htp) – is related to serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood, sleep, and pain.
Note: could increase the risk of serotonin syndrome — a serious side effect — if taken with certain prescription antidepressants.
Niacin Vitamin B3 – Nicotinic acid (NA), often called niacin, a form of vitamin B3. Aids blood vessels dilation
Pyridoxine Vitamin B6 – aids in the production of hormones (serotonin, melatonin and
dopamine) which influence mood
Folate & B12 –
Magnesium (Chelate) –
L–tryptophan – Your body changes L-tryptophan into a brain chemical called serotonin. Serotonin helps control your mood and sleep. Low levels of L-tryptophan have been seen in people with depression.
Foods – Oats, Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, Chocolate, Bananas, Dates, Tofu, and Tree nuts, including peanuts.
Omega-3 fatty acids –
Theobromine – Chocolate – increase the serotonin in the brain, which decreases depression. Keeps the brain and heart active and stimulated
Theanine, also known as L-γ-glutamylethylamide – amino acid found in green tea and some mushrooms and shown to increase brain dopamine and serotonin levels
Caffeine – benefits and risks of caffeine
Chamomile (APIGENIN) –
Jujuba Fruit seed –
Lemon Balm Leaf –
DHEA. Dehydroepiandrosterone –
S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) –
Comment from Pubmed report “Based on available data, black cohosh, chamomile, chasteberry, lavender, passionflower, and saffron appear useful in mitigating anxiety or depression with favorable risk-benefit profiles compared to standard treatments. ”
Effects of chronic l-theanine administration in patients with major depressive disorder: an open-label study.