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Depression symptoms: Natural remedies

Depression symptoms: Natural remedies



Omega 3 can help combat depression © Thinkstock - Depression symptoms: Natural remedies
Omega 3 can help combat depression © Thinkstock
Natural supplements are an effective way to get concentrated amounts of mood boosting nutrients into your system.

Here are some of the best supplements you can buy from health food stores to help lift your spirits...

Mood Food 

This unique combination of nutrients helps to foster normal brain function and can help support nervous system activity. Essentially the presence of Tyrosine supports the body's production of important 'feel good' brain chemicals. Patrick Holford Mood Food, £24.46 for 60 capsules, available from Holland & Barrett

Best for… low mood

St. John's Wort that has been used for centuries to help manage low mood and mild depression. It is not fully understood how it works, but some theories are that it prevents the brain re-absorbing the chemical messenger serotonin.

St John’s Wort is one of the few natural ingredients with robust evidence to support its effect on mild depression, but it can limit the effectiveness of some prescription medicine including birth control pills, warfarin and prescribed anti-depressants, so always consult your GP. Nature’s Best St John’s Wort, £11.75 for 180 tablets.

Best for… those who don’t eat fish

Scientific research has identified a link between low Omega 3 levels and depression. In one study, researchers determined that societies that eat a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids have a higher prevalence of major depressive disorder than societies that get ample omega-3 fatty acids.

Anchovies, mackerel and sardines are great sources of Omega 3, but many people aren’t getting enough of either because they are vegetarian or because they simply don’t like fish.

Nature’s Best OracOmega provides an impressive 760MG of Omega 3s - the highest level of any product available in the UK - which is high quality and fresh to ensure potency. A mix of plant antioxidants (from Green Tea, Rosemary and Oregano) within each capsule prevent the product degrading in the body, helping you to get your Omega requirements the vegetarian way. Nature's Best OracOmega, £15.20 for 180 capsules.

Best for… the blues

5-HTP, full name 5-Hydroxytryptophan, is a substance naturally produced in the body from tryptophan, an amino acid which is found in small amounts in our diets.

Dr Sarah Brewer says: "5-HTP is extracted from the seeds of a West African medicinal plant, Griffonia simplicifolia and is directly converted into serotonin in the brain. Levels of other important brain chemicals also increase after taking 5-HTP, including melatonin, dopamine, noradrenaline and beta-endorphin.

5-HTP appears to help some people overcome depression and insomnia. It should not be combined with antidepressant drugs and is best used with the support of your doctor. Nature’s Best 5 HTP £9.95 for 60 tablets.


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