The Anxiety and Depression Association of America tell us that more than 40 million Americans currently suffer from depression. We hope you are not included in that number! We have learned, however, that conditions like diabetes can make depression worse. If you feel that you might be suffering from depression, natural interventions can help, and we want to share some with. All the prescribed pharmaceutical drugs have toxic side effects, so let’s try to avoid them.
Anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids help reduce chronic inflammation, which is a contributor to depression. You can boost your diet with flax seeds, nuts, and cold-water fatty fish like salmon and sardines. Even better, natural health experts suggest taking about 1,000 mg a day of omega-3-rich fish oil.
Essential B vitamins produce “chemical messengers” known as neurotransmitters. One of these, serotonin, is essential for stable mood and restful sleep. Deficiencies can lead to mood disorders and impaired cognition. Low levels of folate (vitamin B9) are closely linked with depression, so it’s good to supplement with folic acid. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious psychiatric disorders, and we can supplement with vitamin B6, which is essential for serotonin synthesis
Melatonin, the “sleep hormone,” is essential for regulating circadian rhythms and seems to play a role in lifting mood. Research has highlighted melatonin as one of the most effective natural interventions for depression. Studies have used melatonin amounts between 3 and 6 mg, taken at bedtime.
CoQ10, a powerful antioxidant produced in the body, has been linked with depression. It helps to neutralize the harmful reactive oxygen species that cause oxidative stress–believed to trigger depression and neurodegenerative conditions. CoQ10 is found in grass-fed beef, poultry, sardines, and nuts. Natural health practitioners recommend between 100 to 200 mg. per day.
Do your own research and you will find other natural alternatives to prescribed drugs.