Herbal remedies for depression have been used for a very long time as they have been proven to be very effective. Most of the focus is on St. John’s Wort which has proven to be just as effective as prescription antidepressants without the side effects. However, St. John’s Wort should not be taken with any other antidepressants or other prescription medicines.
Valerian root has been shown to alleviate insomnia that is commonly associated with depression. Prescription antidepressants can cause sexual dysfunctions so many then turn to Damiana, which will reduce these side effects. Ginseng helps the body to fight off stress, which is very helpful when a person suffers from depression.
When people have a low intake of omega – 3 fatty acids, their brains do not function at 100%. Your body cannot naturally produce Omega – 3 and can only get it through food or Omega-3 supplements.
It has been found that depressed people usually lack vitamin B which is also called Folic acid. You should include more green veggies, fruits, fortified grains, and beans in your meals. There are many factors that can lead to a vitamin B deficiency such as a poor diet, certain conditions, and some medications.
Besides food, folic acid is also available as a supplement or as part of a B-complex vitamin. People who have a low folate level will likely have a difficult time having a positive response to antidepressants.
Diet plays a big role in depression too and many people don’t realise that. Such things as a lot of sweets will cause your blood sugar levels to soar but make for a very bad mood in a while. Both alcohol and caffeine can affect your mood but the effects are temporary. Although they feel like they are relieving you of signs of depression, they actually worsen your insomnia, anxiety, mood swings and depression.
Most people do not get enough magnesium in their diets. So try to include green veggies, legumes, whole grains and nuts as much as possible in your daily diet. Like vitamin B6, magnesium is needed for serotonin production. Stress depletes magnesium; therefore you need to replace that magnesium from another source.