Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “Hello! I am wondering if you would be able to suggest a supplement I could take for irritability and fatigue. I have a family history of bipolar disorder and depression, and would rather not have to use prescription medications. Any help would be appreciated.” — Tim J., Sacramento, CA
A. Dear Tim, I too, share your concerns regarding the use of prescription medications. The good news is that I do have some recommendations. However, because of your family history, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what he/she thinks about the protocol I recommend.
The first recommendation is a blend of four of the best adaptogenic herbs on the planet: rhodiola, eleuthero, ashwagandha and schisandra. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule twice daily. Once you have your energy levels back to where you want them, you may be able to reduce to one a day.
My second recommendation is a blend of bioactive vitamin B6 and magnesium. This combination is excellent for healthy neurological function, and can also exert a mood balancing effect. Take two capsules of this formula twice daily. Make sure the vitamin B6 is in the form of P-5-P (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate), the biologically preferred form of vitamin B6 in the human body. Also look for a blend that contains a highly absorbable form of magnesium, like magnesium glycinate. Magnesium in poorly absorbed forms tends to cause loose stools, especially when taken at the higher levels you may need.
The third recommendation is a high quality, standardized St. John’s wort. St. John’s wort is every bit as effective for mild to moderate depression as prescription drugs. However, it got a bit of a bad reputation a few years ago when it was discovered that it interacts with a number of prescription drugs. That is because St. John’s wort improves and accelerates the liver’s ability to detoxify substances, which means certain prescription drugs can be flushed out of the body faster. However, if you are not on prescription drugs, this is a wonderful, well-studied and highly effective herb that is very safe to use. Take 900 mg once daily at breakfast.
Also keep in mind that exercise, healthy diet, relaxation, and getting a good night’s sleep can also help enhance energy and balance moods.
Terry . . . Naturally