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Supplements for Depression

Depression can be such a crippling disorder that can negatively impact your life in so many areas, from how you go about your day to day activities to, how you socialise and even down to what you eat, what you wear and how you act. One of the most surprising and rather upsetting discoveries I’ve come across since being diagnosed with both depression and anxiety and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, is that the treatment and recovery is not an exact science and for many the process of recovery involves a lot of trial and error in as far as finding effective treatment and or medications.

Through my personal recovery treatment I have trialled several different medications, physiologist and treatment facilities and professionals and unfortunately have not been very successful. I believe this to be partly because the treatment for depression is not very accurate, targeted or affective and partly because of my personal experience with doctors and my lack of trust in their ability to care for me. However I find myself in a position where I am still suffering from depression and have adopted a somewhat natural and alternative approach to try to help heal and cure myself for good. Among other treatment alternatives such as eating a well-balanced nutrient dense diet filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods, exercising, meditating, yoga, personal growth and development etc. I am choosing to take supplements that are promoted as being beneficial for those suffering with depression, which you can see I have listed down below with some specific benefits they have.

Please note that it is always advisable to seek professional help when considering medications and supplements and to consult your doctor especially in matters of mental health and well-being, making sure to do through research.

  • Melatonin
    Balances appetite hormones
    helps to prevent/lessen SAD (seasonal affective disorder)
    strengthens the immune
    helps to reduce migraines
    promotes healthier sleep
    helps to regulate circadian rhythms

  • Vitamin D
    has been shown to boost mood and overall sense of wellbeing
    aids in relieving depression
    helps to increase energy levels
    improves muscle health including the heart
    encourages healthy body weight
    increases secretion of insulin and decreases blood sugar levels

  • Omega-3 (EPA+DHA)
    helps to reduce inflammation
    assist in lifting depression
    aids in Gut health
    essential for the body including skin functioning
    promotes heart health
    increases optimal brain functioning

  • 5-HTP
    is a metabolic precursor to serotonin
    fights depression
    reduces stress
    promotes better sleep
    aids in weight loss

  • Magnesium
    helps increase energy levels
    aids in calming the nervous system
    aids sleep disorders
    promotes healthy digestion
    relieves muscle cramps and spasms
    regulates calcium and potassium levels
    promotes heart health
    aids in migraines

  • Vitamin B12
    improves memory
    helps in the reduction of depression
    improves sleep
    key to mental health
    essential vitamin for vegans

  • Probiotics
    boosts immune system
    helps to fight depression and anxiety
    improves acne
    improves digestion and overall gut health

These are the vitamins and supplements that I have researched and have personally chosen to include in my depression recovery treatment and may or may not be suited to you, please be sure to do your own in-depth research as what might benefit me may not be suitable for you.

Depression doesn’t have to be the end to your story just a small chapter. Here’s to you and your own personal recovery.


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