Natural supplements are a great alternative to anti depressants. Depression is a mood disorder where a person will experience lack of enthusiasm in day to day activities, or feel irritable or sad. Depending on the severity of depression, some people may have suicidal thoughts. Depression comes and goes, and treatment may be necessary if this disorder persists. Depression is also known as dysthymia, and can last for months on end even a lifetime.
People suffering from depression should seek medical help in order to determine the underlying cause. On occasions depression is brought on by seasonal changes, and lack of natural sunlight which is termed as SAD. Depression can cause one to gain weight, crave sweet things, fatigue and lack energy. However, many people respond well to light therapy and anti depressant medications.
Prescription medications that contain dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine balance the neurotransmitters. However, such medications do come with side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness, weight loss or gain, insomnia, drowsiness, sexual dysfunction and blurred vision. Smoking has also been linked to depression. To avoid such side effects there are natural supplements that include dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
The most popular natural supplements for treating depression include S-Adenosyl Methionine, 5-HTP, St. John’s Wort, and multiple vitamin and mineral combinations that are of high quality. In particular St. John’s Wort is the most widely studied natural supplement for the treatment of depression, which has shown a significant advantage of fewer side effects. An effective treatment for mild depression is an amino acid S-Adenosyl Methionine that influences moods and emotions.
5-HTP is naturally found in minute doses in foods such as dairy products and turkey and the supplement is metabolised from tryptophane which the body requires to produce serotonin. The 5-HTP supplement has a far more powerful effect on the body and is a good alternative to prescription medications. Using a high quality multi vitamin and mineral will help prevent some nutritional defects such as the B Vitamins that are vital for neurotransmitter production. Alternative therapies include yoga; homoeopathy, aromatherapy and music are used to treat depression.