5 Natural Depression Beaters 5 Natural Depression Beaters

Depression is by no means a recent illness and differs greatly from low feelings and natural levels of anxiety. Depression is much more extreme and often manifests itself in a loss of hunger, a loss of interest in hobbies, sleeplessness, listlessness and many other symptoms. Left unchecked it can become very detrimental to your health and the early diagnosis and treatment helps to speed up the healing process. Psychiatric drugs prescribed by a physician are not necessarily the only answer to depression.

St John’s Wort

St Johns Wort is the European name for Hypericum Perforatum. It is a short, wild plant with yellow flowers that has been used in the treatment of depression, stress and anxiety for over 2,000 years. It is considered to be both highly effective and incredibly safe. Many clinical trials have shown that St John’s Wort extracts can be as effective as prescription anti depressants but with fewer and less extreme side effects. The most effective results have presented in test patients that have taken extract based supplements and not ground leaves and flowers. Not enough tests have been done to show the overall effectiveness of the ground product so, for now, the best option is to use extracts.

Passion Flower

Passion Flower, properly title Passiflora, is a naturally growing vine that again has a long history of use in the combat of depression and anxiety. In particular it can help to lift particular symptoms such as listlessness and insomnia. Flavanoids found within the Passion Flower are believed to be the beneficial ingredient and clinical trials have certainly shown this to be the case. The same clinical trials have also shown very few side effects making Passiflora supplements another excellent natural remedy for depression.

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are commonly found in fish, walnuts and flaxseed oil and thorough testing has proven them to be helpful not only in the fight against depression but also in beating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In particular, Omega-3 oil has proven to be particularly beneficial and because of the ease it can be obtained it is one of the simplest ways to beat depression. Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils have been directly linked to an improvement in symptoms of depression and for those who don’t have enough in their diet there are various capsules and other supplementary products available. Again, side effects are minimal.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko Biloba has increased in popularity in recent years, partially because it has become more available but also because clinical trials have identified it as being a potent anti depressant that can really help to combat common symptoms of depression. Ginkgo Biloba has proved particularly effective in elderly sufferers. It has also been shown to improve the positive effects of other anti depressants in younger patients. Further research is already being carried but a number of different supplemental products containing Ginkgo Biloba are already widely available.

Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium is just one essential chemical found in our body. If our dietary intake of magnesium is not high enough then we are proven to be more likely to suffer from depression. If you do suffer from a magnesium deficiency then the use of a magnesium supplement can help to increase your magnesium levels to a more acceptable and healthy level. Magnesium supplements are unlikely to yield these benefits for all depression sufferers but for some they may prove to be the perfect solution. Care should be taken not to consume too much magnesium but supplementary products give advice on the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and how much of the supplement to take on a daily basis.

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