Depression Nutrients and Herbs

Depression Nutrients:

In this table you will find everything referred to Depression Nutrients.

Essential fatty acids (Kyolic-EPA from Wakunaga, salmon oil, flaxseed oil, or primrose oil) As directed on label. Take with meals. Aid in the transmission of nerve impulses; needed for normal brain function.
5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) As directed on label Increases the body’s production of serotonin. It should not be used with other antidepressants.

L-tyrosine

Up to 50 mg per pound of body weight daily. Take on an empty stomach with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100-500 mg vitamin C for better absorption. Best taken at bedtime. Alleviates stress by boosting production of adrenaline. It also raises dopamine levels, which influence moods. Caution: Do not take tyrosine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug. Depression Nutrients.
S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) (SAMe Rx-Mood from Nature’s Plus) As directed on label. Works as an antidepressant. Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants. Do not give to a child under twelve.
Sub-Adrene from American Biologics As directed on label. A dietary supplement for adrenal support.
Taurine Plus from American Biologics As directed on label. An important antioxidant and immune regulator, necessary for white blood cell activation and neurological function. Use the sublingual form.

Vitamin B complex injections

2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by physician. B vitamins are necessary for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. Depression Nutrients. If depression is severe, injections (under a doctor’s supervision) are recommended. All injectables can be combined in a single shot.
plus extra vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 1/2 cc once weekly or as prescribed by physician. Needed for normal brain function. May help lift depression.
and vitamin B12 1 cc once weekly or as prescribed by physician. Linked to the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
or vitamin B complex As directed on label. If injections are not available, a sublingual form of B complex is recommended.
plus extra vitamin B5(pantothenic acid) 500 mg daily. The most potent anti-stress vitamin.
and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 50 mg 3 times daily.
plus vitamin B3(niacin) 50 mg 3 times daily. Do not exceed this amount. Improves cerebral circulation. Caution: Do not take niacin if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure.
plus vitamin B12 1,000-2,000 mcg daily.
and folic acid 400 mcg daily. Found to be deficient in people with depression.

Zinc

50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Found to be deficient in people with depression. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.
Choline 100 mg each twice daily. Important in brain function and neurotransmission.
and inositol or lecithin As directed on label. Caution: Do not take these supplements if you suffer from bipolar mood disorder.
Calcium 1,500-2,000 mg daily. Has a calming effect. Needed for the nervous system.
and magnesium 1,000 mg daily. Works with calcium. Use magnesium asporotate or magnesium chelate form.
Chromium 300 mcg daily. Aids in mobilizing fats for energy.
Gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA) 750 mg daily. Take with 200 mg niacinamide for best results. Has a tranquilizing effect, much as diazepam (Valium) and other tranquilizers do.
Lithium As prescribed by physician. A trace mineral used to treat bipolar mood disorder. Available by prescription only.
Multivitamin and mineral complex As directed on label. To correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies, often associated with depression.
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) 5-15 mg daily. Enhances production of dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline, which are key neurotransmitters.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids 2,000—5,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Needed for immune function. Aids in preventing depression.
plus extra rutin 200-300 mg daily. Buckwheat-derived bioflavonoid. Enhances vitamin C absorption.

Depression Herbs:

❑ Balm, also known as lemon balm, is good for the stomach and digestive organs during stressful situations.

❑ Ginger, ginkgo biloba, licorice root, oat straw, peppermint, and Siberian ginseng may be helpful. Cautions: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure. Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke. Do not use Siberian ginseng if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.

❑ Kava kava helps to induce calm and relieve depression.

Caution: Kava kava can cause drowsiness. It is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, and it should not be taken together with other substances that act on the central nervous system, such as alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs.

❑ St. John’s wort acts in the same way as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors do, but less harshly.
Caution: St. John’s wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. It may also produce anxiety, gastrointestinal symptoms, and headaches. It can interact with some drugs including antidepressants, birth control pills, and anticoagulants.