Support Your Body Naturally in Times of Depression

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Support Your Body Naturally in Times of Depression

Depression is a common condition affecting ones physical and mental health at varying levels. If you regularly experience various symptoms on a regular basis, you may benefit from supplementing with herbs for depression. Supplementing with natural remedies for depression may be effective for some without the side effects of anti-depressants. Common symptoms of depression could include:

  • Poor concentration, memory and decision making
  • Fatigue, insomnia, early waking and sleeping a lot
  • Loss of interest in pleasurable activities including sex
  • Overeating, binge eating or appetite loss
  • Persistent aches, pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems
  • Feelings of detachment or indifference
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness and/or helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
  • Persistent sad, lonely, anxious, or empty feelings
  • Inability to cope with normal everyday activities
  • Easily angered, irritability or restlessness
  • Sudden and significant mood swings

While depression can be triggered by genetics, brain chemistry or life circumstances, scientific research has shown depression to be related to chemicals called neurotransmitters which travel and transmit information from one nerve to another in the synaptic region where two nerves meet. Neurotransmitters are created from amino acids using vitamins and minerals. Modern scientists believe an imbalance of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine leads to depression. In cases of a depleted supply, nerves are unable to send signals properly. In cases of an excess supply, messages are “over-sent”.

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Basic nutrients critical to the formation and function of neurotransmitters include B-Complex vitamins, amino acids and essential fatty acids. While adding foods to your diet that are dense with these nutrients will go a long way in relieving depression, you may find significant additional relief by supplementing with natural remedies that include herbs, vitamins and homeopathic remedies. Finding natural remedies to ease depression that will work best for you depends on the cause of your depression. Nature’s Sunshine has formulated some very effective supplements with natural antidepressant properties using herbs and other nutrients well known and effective for easing depression. Affiliate disclosure: we receive compensation when you purchase or sign up through our links, see Disclaimer for details.

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  • 5-HTP produced in the body from tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is the immediate precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mood, appetite, behavior, and sleep. Serotonin deficiency can be linked to numerous medical and psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, migraine headaches, PMS and sleep disorders. 5-HTP increases the brains production of serotonin which in turn helps to improve emotional outlook, quality of sleep, weight-loss success, relieve symptoms of PMS and fibromyalgia, promote relaxation and reduce time to get to sleep as well as the number of wake times during sleep.
  • B-Complex vitamins are critical to the synthesis of neurotransmitters and essential for creating energy and maintaining a health nervous system.
  • Black Cohosh has been know to be effective especially for depression associated with PMS, menopause or childbirth, as well as for women who feel “trapped”.
  • Damiana could be effective at helping with depression caused by low reproductive hormones.
  • Iodine to feed the thyroid is found in the following Nature’s Sunshine products – Liquid DulseConcentrated Black WalnutThyroid Activator, TSII with Hops and Thyroid Support
  • Kava Kava is known to promote psychological and physical relaxation and restful sleep while improving concentration, memory and communication
  • Kudzu/St. John’s Wort – This herb is known for increasing levels of dopamine and serotonin to elevate mood. It could reduce anxiety, depression and blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels, relieve insomnia and pain, improve digestion and soothe the digestive tract, relax muscle spasms, calm and strengthen nerves.
  • Lemon Essential Oil – in addition to drinking 1/2 lemon juice with water upon waking, the scent of lemon oil is emotionally uplifting, relieving depression, intellectual fatigue, moodiness, obsession and exhaustion.
  • Mood Elevator – In Traditional Chinese medicine, emotions are believed to be connected to the organs, with each internal organ being responsible for a specific emotion and vice versa. Liver stagnation is said to cause feelings of anger, frustration, depression and moodiness. Liver function is also believed to regulate the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. Stagnant liver energy resulting from poor liver function is associated with mood related disorders such as depression, extreme anger and irritability and severe mood swings. (Herb Allure, Inc. 2006) Folk medicine has long recognized a connection between the liver and digestive function and depression. Recent research shows there is scientific validity to this point of view as the bowel produces more serotonin than the brain. The herbs in Mood Elevator work to enhance the flow of energy in the body, promote healthy liver and digestive function, stimulate blood circulation, reduce pain and inflammation, quiet the heart, calm the spirit, relieve anxiety, irritability, restlessness and insomnia.
  • Nutri-Calm is an excellent source of B-vitamins and also contains herbs and nutrients to help anxiety.
  • Sam-e – Sam-e (s-adenosyl l-methionin) is a natural substance found throughout the body that is synthesized from the amino acid methionine (with the help of folic acid and vitamin B12). Tissue levels of SAM-e are typically low in the elderly and in individuals suffering from depression, osteoarthritis and various liver disorders. SAM-e has been used as a prescription drug in Europe for over 20 years for both depression and osteoarthritis. Many claim Sam-e to be one of the safest options for these issues without side effects or toxicity.
  • Super Omega 3 EPA – This essential fatty acid is extremely important to nerve function and protection and is often lacking in our modern diets.
  • Vitamin D3 – If you don’t get 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to sunlight daily, you may have a Vitamin D3 deficiency. It is naturally produced in your skin from cholesterol when you are exposed to natural sunlight’s ultra violet frequencies. Wearing sunscreen of any level inhibits the production of vitamin D3. Ongoing research and tests are showing a link between depression and Vitamin D3 deficiency. It is especially important during winter months for people to take measure to ensure their vitamin D levels are sufficient. In addition to relieving depression, D3 is said to be important for attaining and maintaining healthy weight, preventing diabetes, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis and cancer.

Sources for this article are treelite.comHerb Allure and The Comprehensive Guide to Nature’s Sunshine Products 4th Edition, 2009.

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