The irony is that even among the chemically synthesized drugs for depression, many of the active ingredients were originally discovered in nature. Plants, leaves, fungi, bark, and flowers have many of the same properties used in drugs today, except often in much safer formulations and doses.
Regardless of what you think about using drugs or natural cures for depression, you should see your doctor if you believe you may be depressed so that you can be diagnosed and treated. If you have any natural cures for depression you are interested in trying, you should take a list of them with you to your doctor to check for the safety of you using these natural cures for depression.
One of the Best Natural Cures for Depression
St. John’s Wort is one of the most studied natural cures for depression. St. John’s Wort is a plant that grows in the wild. It is believed to provide some benefit when fighting a virus. It is believed to work in the brain in a manner very similar to SSRI medications, elevating serotonin levels. Because of its similarity to these drugs, they should never be taken at the same time as St. John’s Wort. Among the popular SSRIs on the market today are Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Effexor, and Prozac.
Part of the reason for St. John’s Wort being one of the most studied natural cures for depression is that it is one of the natural remedies most associated with severe side effects, especially when combined with any of a number of supplements, natural remedies, and medications. For example, if you are on an oral contraceptive and using St. John’s Wort, you may have a surprise in store for you months down the road. St John’s Wort also decreases the effectiveness of several drugs such as those for treating AIDS or migraines. It should also be noted that many people taking St. Johns Wort have suffered increased sunlight sensitivity, uterine bleeding, and miscarriage.
Some less studied natural cures for depression that may or may not provide the expected benefits are Valerian root, California poppy, wild oats, and soy lecithin.
How To Deal With Depression Tip #1
Fish oil supplements. These can be an effective anti-depressant. Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that have been found to suppress feelings of depression. Omega-3 fatty acids can help the brain replenish its supply of DHA fatty acids, which are needed to keep the brain healthy.
How To Deal With Depression Tip #2
B vitamins and folic acid. According to research, the B vitamins are another natural cure for depression. Research has discovered folic acid deficiencies in adults who have depression. Low folic acid levels can cause one to experience bouts of depression. Additionally, low folic acid levels can slow your body’s response to depression medications.
How To Deal With Depression Tip #3
Exercise. A good workout can help alleviate depression. Exercise acts as a mood enhancer. Exercise can enhance the effects of depression medications by helping the body absorb medications better. And exercise encourages the production of endorphins, the “happy mood” chemical.