Are there any natural options out there for depression?
Q. Dear Terry, “Are there any natural options out there for depression?” — Mandy M., Cleveland, OH
A. Dear Mandy, I am glad to say I do have some recommendations. However, I would encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what they think.
You would benefit greatly by adding a strong, absorbable curcumin to your daily regimen. In a recently published clinical study, curcumin was shown to help ease depression symptoms. I recommend taking 750 mg of high absorption curcumin twice daily. Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin.
The next product I would recommend adding to your daily regimen is a high quality, standardized St. John’s wort extract. St. John’s wort has been shown to be every bit as effective for mild to moderate depression as prescription drugs. In fact, it has shown great promise in numerous double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trials for alleviating depression – without the side-effects that are often seen in conventional approaches. I would suggest taking 900 mg of St. John’s wort every day in the morning. Look for a specialized extract that is available as a once-daily 900 mg supplement and is standardized to 0.3% hypericin. Clinical studies have shown that St. John’s wort standardized to this amount of hypericin has shown the most (and most consistent) benefits.
Lastly, you may also want to consider adding an omega-3 product. Ditch your traditional fish oil - I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, in a tablet form. This unique form utilizes a patented, gentle, cold water and enzyme process to extract naturally occurring marine phospholipids with the omega-3 fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). This process creates a supplement that is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – in the natural sn-2 position, not the sn-1 position into which they are twisted when extracted in fish oil. This means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need one or two tablets a day instead of handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils. I recommend taking 2 tablets daily.
Terry . . . Naturally