I am 77 years old and struggling with depression and anxiety.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am 77 years old and struggling with depression and anxiety. I was taking a prescription medication, but had to quit taking it due to negative side effects and the fact that it didn’t seem to be helping. Do you have any alternatives that might help?” — Gloria B., Flint, MI
A. Dear Gloria, 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.
I believe 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 curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than plain curcumin.
When it comes to anxiety, I would recommend taking narrow-leaved coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia). Researchers have discovered that when taken at the right dosage level, compounds in this unique type of coneflower can help reduce anxiety as effectively as certain prescription medications, without the side effects. These compounds have been shown to attach to certain brain receptors, which help to instill a sense of calm and relaxation. I recommend taking 20-40 mg of coneflower extract twice daily. When choosing a formula, make sure you look for a clinically studied, narrow-leaved coneflower root extract that is standardized.
I would also strongly recommend that you consider adding omega-3s to your regimen. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this 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 a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.
Please be patient, as it may take 30 to 90 days before seeing a difference.
Terry . . . Naturally