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When you’re mired in the blackness of depression, it can seem if you’re completely alone, caught in a downward spiral you can never get out of.
You feel as if no one could possibly understand what you’re going through. After all, you may not even completely understand yourself what started it and why you can’t seem to drag yourself free.
And, there are no good answers waiting for you at your doctor’s office. I mean, come on… Who wants to add weight gain, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, constipation and blurred vision to their list of symptoms thanks to those pills they prescribe?
You’d think they would understand that you’re depressed enough already without piling more on.
The good news is that those conventional medications are NOT the only solution to overcoming your depression. There are actually six supplements you can use to reduce your symptoms naturally and reclaim your life.
Here they are…
#1 – Omega-3s
Okay, by now you’re probably wondering, “Is fish oil just the catch-all cure for just about everything?”
And, my answer is yes.
Omega-3 fatty acids are my go-to answer to many health problems for one simple reason – they’ve been scientifically proven to work… and it’s no different when it comes to depression!
You see, omega-3s like you find in fish oil offer direct benefits to the function of your brain and even reduce brain inflammation.
And, multiple studies have proven that they significantly reduce symptoms of depression.
#2 – Probiotics
Did you know that the health of your gut is directly related to the health of your brain and therefore your depression symptoms.
That makes restoring your gut to an optimal state of health vital to reclaiming your life.
To do this, you need to concentrate on getting more probiotics in your diet. Those are the “friendly bugs” that live in your intestines that help you digest food, boost your immune system and even help control your blood sugar.
You can get them through a supplement or find them in fermented foods and drinks, like kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir and yogurt (just be sur to look for a live culture option).
#3 – Vitamin D3
The sunshine vitamin is another supplement that can bring a little more sunshine to your life (pun intended).
That’s right – vitamin D, the natural vitamin your body makes when your skin is exposed to the UV rays of the sun, has been shown to be as effective at combatting your symptoms as those prescription medications from your doctor.
#4 – Vitamin B complex
B vitamins, most commonly known for boosting low energy levels, are also important in your brain function. And, low levels of the vitamins have been linked to depression. The most important of the Bs to take are vitamin B12 and folic acid but you can take a quality B-complex as well.
#5 – Ginseng
An herb used for centuries in Chinese medicine, ginseng has been shown to be both effective at controlling both depression and stress.
#6 – St. John’s Wort
Another herb, St. John’s wort has been shown to be just as effective at controlling depression as both tricyclic antidepressants and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), two commonly prescribed types of antidepressants – ones you may have heard of include Paxil, Zoloft and Amitriptyline.
And, guess what…
As you can imagine, St. John’s wort has a lot fewer side effects.
However, because the herb can interact with some medications, you should talk to your doctor before starting it.
Depression may seem like a never-ending state but it doesn’t have to be. Use the natural depression-busting supplements above to decrease your symptoms and get back to living again.
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- St. John’s wort — WebMD