Depression is an awful thing. I speak to more people than ever before regarding this dreadful affliction. There are some natural products out there that I recommend often.
Rhodiola Active compounds found within rhodiola (rosavin and salidroside) improve the passage of serotonin precursors through the blood-brain barrier. Research has also shown rhodiola to help preserve serotonin by inhibiting the activity of COMT (catechol-o- methyl transferase.) Rhodiola can increase serotonin by 30% and decrease COMT by up to 60%.
Essential fatty acids: Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for brain function. Individuals with depression are often low in omega 3 fatty acids. Supplement with Flax and also eat plenty of foods rich in Omega 3 EFAs like salmon and mackerel. Suggested intake: 1-2 tablespoons a day with food.
Antioxidants (A, C, E, Zinc, Selenium, glutathione, L- cysteine, carotenoids): Detox function, immune boosting and healing all help to clear general metabolic channels and allow the body to function properly. Circulation in the fine capillaries of the brain can also be protected from atherosclerosis, thereby allowing essential oxygen and nutrients through in the blood for a healthy brain.Suggested intake: 2-3 a day with food.
B Complex with C: A deficiency in certain B vitamins