Natural Supplements to Help Depression

Natural Supplements for Depression
Depression is a serious and debilitating condition, for which some people prefer to use non-drug alternatives to manage their condition and feel a little bit better. Natural supplements and home remedies may help milder forms of depression, however there is no hard evidence that they’re effective for moderate to severe depression. Below is a list of supplements we believe could assist.

 

The content and suggestions below are purely informational and therefore not intended to replace medical advice. Talk to your doctor about complementary and alternative treatments might be suitable for you.

Natural Supplements to Help Depression

1.) Solgar St John’s Wort Herb Extract

St. John’s wort is also known as Hypericum perforatum. This plant has been a common herbal mental health treatment for hundreds of years. However, people must use caution if they chose to try it as a potential treatment for depression.

2016 systematic review found that St. John’s wort was more effective than a placebo for treating mild to moderate depression and worked almost as well as antidepressant medications.

However, this review of eligible studies did not find research on the long-term effects of St. John’s wort on severe depression, hence natural supplements to help depression remain a consideration. St John’s wort can also interfere with the effects of antidepressant medication which means that it may make symptoms worse and reduce the effectiveness of conventional treatment.

While St. John’s wort might help some people, it does not show consistently beneficial effects and is considered one of the natural supplements to help depression.

For these reasons, people should not use St. John’s wort instead of conventional treatment. Neither should they try St. John’s wort to treat moderate to severe depression.

  • Size: 60 capsules
R260.00

2.) Solgar Korean Ginseng Root Extract

This supplement comes from the gnarled root of the American or Asian ginseng plant. Siberian, Asian, and Eleuthero ginseng are different plants with different active ingredients.

Solgar have both the Korean and Siberian versions of this supplement. The Korean Ginseng Root Extract is an adaptogenic Herb especially useful for men during periods of high stress and anxiety, while the Siberian is understood to assists in stress management and adrenal support.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine have used ginseng for thousands of years and try to help people improve mental clarity and energy and reduce the effects of stress.

Some people associate these properties of ginseng with potential solutions for the low energy and motivation that can occur with depression.

However, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) advise that none of the many studies that people have conducted on ginseng have been of sufficient quality to form health recommendations.

  • Size: 60 capsules
R580.00
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  • Size: 60 capsules
R297.00

3.) Solgar Omega-3 Triple Strength

In a 2015 systematic review, researchers concluded that omega-3 fatty acid supplements are not useful across the board as a depression treatment.

While the study authors reported no serious side effects from the supplement, they also advised that it would only be an effective measure in treatment for depression that was due to omega-3 deficiency.

Solgar Omega-3 Triple Strength Softgels, is Solgar’s highest concentration of the natural Omega-3. Omega-3 is the good fat that nourishes the whole body and supports a healthy heart.

  • EPA/DHA in optimum pure and potent form, triple the quantity to levels found commonly in fish oil supplements
  • Supports brain and eyes
  • Heart health friendly
  • Excellent support for your daily health and wellbeing regime

Essential Fatty Acids

Solgar Omega-3 Triple Strength

  • Size: 50 capsules
R535.00

4.) Solgar 5-HTP L-5-Hydroxytryptophan Complex

Solgar 5-HTP L-5-Hydroxytryptophan Complex Vegetable Capsules is a complex formulated to help those individuals coping with modern day stresses and strains which may be affecting sleep or mood balance. This unique formula is designed to help you switch off from a busy day and aid a restful sleep in just 1-2 capsules a day.

5-HTP is a chemical created from an essential amino acid, which is then converted into serotonin. With our modern lifestyles, it can be hard to switch off after a long day and many of us find it difficult to wind down and get good quality sleep. Erratic eating habits may also contribute to low levels of serotonin. Serotonin is converted to melatonin, which is used by the body to create our sleep-wake cycle. When levels are low we find it hard to relax and drift off to sleep.

The 100 mg of 5-HTP per capsule may support serotonin levels, which combined with Vitamin B6 contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.   Finally the inclusion of valerian, which has also been traditionally used to reduce symptoms of anxiety and promote quality of sleep. 5-HTP L-5-Hydroxytryptophan Complex Vegetable Capsules are suitable for vegans and are soya, dairy and gluten free. Solgar’s 5-HTP is therefore considered one of the natural supplements to help depression.

  • Size: 30 capsules
R240.00
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