Can Supplements Treat Depression?
Yes, they can! And these ones are the best.
Over the counter remedies are fine for a cough or a cold, but who knew they could help depression? Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, folate, SAM-e, and St. John’s wort have all shown positive effects in treating those with depression.
Omega-3 fatty acids are now being used to treat children with depression. The supplement was found to help conditions related to depression, like anxiety.
Folate is a B vitamin that was found to have a direct correlation with depression. In population studies, people with depression were more likely to have a folate deficiency.
SAM-e is a messenger for chemicals in the brain. In studies, it has been known to reduce symptoms of depression, particularly in those with HIV and those who are taking prescription antidepressants.
St. John’s wort is a natural supplement that has been most widely researched for its effects on depression. While studies are generally mixed about the benefits of St. John’s wort, the results are still promising. It may very well have a relatively small beneficial effect on depression.
What do you think of supplementing your diet to help treat depression?