Feeling Blue? These supplements may help!

By on 09/03/2014
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Everyone feels down from time to time, that’s just the nature of life. However, if you find yourself constantly feeling sad or depressed, but aren’t quite sure you want to seek out a pharmaceutical solution, try these supplements first.

You may be surprised at the results you’ll get.

You see, us Americans tend to think our way is the best way. But you have to know by now that our pharmaceutical companies are in bed with our political system, and a robust billion dollar industry is now marketed towards us with the most ridiculous TV and radio ads, for even more ridiculous products.

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It seems they are now creating problems just so they can sell a pill to cure it (I don’t think having short eyelashes is a medical issue).

My long point is, maybe it’s time we question our drug culture. No, not *that* drug culture. Our legal drug culture, which many studies and experts now agree is probably more dangerous than the illegal drug problem.

There are other ways to seek treatment or help for physical and mental ailments.

Eastern medicine has been around long before our country ever was. Even before we invaded the lands, American Indians had very specialized roots, herbs, and other natural cures for ailments, and believe it or not they worked. No pharmaceutical sales reps needed! No congressional buyouts!

They knew the land and learned the best ways to support health, naturally.

Now, I have to say, of course our modern medicine has revolutionized our health and longevity. We are forever in debt to the scientists, labs and companies that have created the vaccines of today, the cancer drugs, the lifesaving drugs of the ER, and so much more.

But who’s to say that old remedies don’t also work and have a place within our repertoire of good health?

Supplements have been around far longer than our entire medical system. Perhaps there is a reason for that.

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So, as I was saying, if you find yourself feeling blue, down, tired or generally “blah”, perhaps these supplements may be the tip over the edge towards happiness that you need.

(Disclaimer: I think it’s noteworthy to say you should first look into your exercise and eating habits. Eating garbage and not exercising WILL cause depression, as your body is not getting what it needs. Endorphins aren’t being released and nutrition is suffering. Fix those areas first, and THEN try supplements).

 

The following 5 supplements have been shown to have a positive impact on our mental well-being and fight depression:

 

NAC

NAC (N-acetyl cysteine) is an amino acid that is a very strong antioxidant and has also been found to considerably reduce depression.

A six month study of 75 participants with bipolar disorder showed that giving one gram of NAC twice a day significantly reduced their depression.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal metabolism, and studies show that a low intake (either from fish or supplements) may be related to increased risk of depressive symptoms.

An analysis combining the results of five studies found that omega-3 fatty acids significantly helped in reducing depression.

 

SAMe

SAMe (S-adenosyl-methionine) is less popular in the US, but is well known overseas. It is an organic compound that is found in almost every tissue and fluid in the body that’s involved in processes. In this case, the process of producing and breaking down brain chemicals including serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine.

Lab studies show that oral doses of 800 milligrams to 1600 milligrams of SAMe are as effective as antidepressants, and tend to produce relatively fewer adverse effects.

 

St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a more popular supplement that you have probably already heard about as it’s been studied for its effectiveness against depression in over 40 clinical trials.

A 2008 Cochrane review of 29 of those trials showed that people were significantly more likely to respond to St John’s Wort than to placebo. Even more impressive, it also revealed that St John’s Wort was just as effective as antidepressants. Wow!

However, you should be cautious as St. John’s Wort can have dangerous interactions with other drugs. This is due to the plant chemical hyperforin, which has effects on drug levels in the body. So if you are taking any other drugs, talk to your doctor before adding St. John’s Wort to your pillbox.

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Zinc

You may have only heard about zinc’s help in fighting off a cold, but research is starting to suggest it can help with depression as well.

You can take up to 30 milligrams a day, but be sure not to take it on an empty stomach as it can cause nausea. Additionally, you should take a zinc supplement that also includes an amino acid which will help with absorption.

 

So there ya have it. These safe, natural supplements have been studied and reviewed and found to have a positive effect on our blues.

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Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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