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5-HTP to the Rescue

If you are depressed, that’s a serious matter! Your brain needs the equivalent of an ambulance visit to get back on track. The potent multi-tasking amino acid, 5 HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), is like a team of EMTs, ready to swoop in and fix you up. 1. How it works: This supercharged amino acid is central in the production […]

Get Your Fix of Folate

Feeling depressed and out of options? Follow up with folate–it’s a key player in your nutritional arsenal. Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food, and it’s known for helping to cure anemia. What you may not know is that folate boosts your body’s production of feel-good neurotransmitters. 1. Feed your brain. Researchers have […]

Feeling Low? “Pump Up the Volume” with...

Is low iron flattening your outlook? If so, you’re not alone. Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the US; research now suggests that low iron can also be a factor in depression. 1. Iron affects the whole body. A mineral that is part of all the body’s cells, iron, as […]

Omega-3s Blast Away Blues

The Standard American Diet (SAD) has an apt abbrievation.  Our typical diet wipes out our bodies’ supply of omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial to brain function and an elevated mood. Depression rates are at an all-time high, but here’s my question: given our omega-3-poor diet, why aren’t more of us depressed? 1. Omega-3s are the […]

Slam Depression with SAM-e

Popping pills to cure depression isn’t a new idea. People have been Listening to Prozac since for decades. But many folks find relief without the involvement of a prescription pad; they take over-the-counter SAM-E ((S-adenosylmethionine). 1. SAM-e is involved in more than 35 biochemical processes. SAM-e is a naturally-occurring compound found throughout the human body, […]

Does Your Brain Need to Sun-Bathe?

Sometimes the best way to heal from depression is to turn straight to Mother Nature herself. Enjoying a little sun to get some vitamin D is a perfect example. 1.Vitamin D is the “sunshine vitamin.” Why? Because your body makes its own vitamin D when skin is exposed to sunlight. This is one way in […]

B-Complex Helps Mood

The B vitamins — B6, B12 and folate (folic acid) — are all essential for beating depression. These important vitamins are needed to help make calming neurotransmitters in the brain and for brain function. 1. Vitamin B6 is required to make mood-calming serotonin. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, vitamin B6 aids in converting tryptophan […]

Selenium Aids Brain Function

Selenium is a trace mineral that helps your body produce several glutathiones, powerful antioxidant enzymes that reduce oxidative damage associated with free radicals and also strengthen brain function. Research at the University of Wales has found that a deficiency in selenium may be linked with depression. We recommend supplementing with 100-200 mcg of selenium. Remember […]

Soothe Depression with St. John’s Wort

Sure, it has a funny name, but St John’s wort is a serious supplement for depression. St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an indigenous European folk medicine herb that has been used to treat depression and insomnia for many years. In Germany, it is often prescribed for mild depression, especially for children and adolescents. 1. […]

Chromium Soothes Depression

If you’re depressed, there’s a good chance you need more chromium. The body uses chromium to manufacture glucose tolerance factor (GTF), a substance that aids in the metabolism of sugar. Most Westerners are chromium deficient, due to the denatured processed foods they are eating. That’s bad news. Chromium deficiency leads to blood sugar problems and […]