Ease your depression without medication

Vitamin supplements can be helpful for people struggling with depression.

Numerous studies have shown that vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be a cause for depression. Below are recommended vitamin supplements for people with depression:

The “B” vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12:  B vitamins can be found in dried beans, whole and enriched grains, dairy, fish, nuts, leafy greens and poultry products.  

Vitamin C: found in fresh vegetables and fruit, especially citrus fruit.

The amount of vitamin supplement to be taken varies from patient to patient. It is wise to take the advice of a doctor or nutritionist regarding the dosage of supplements. Certain vitamin supplements must be taken along with amino acid supplements.

D, L-phenylalanine: Supplements of phenylalanine is highly helpful in reducing severe forms of depression. This amino acid is broken down into phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA normally occurs in the brain and is linked with mood. Deficiency of PEA can cause depression. D-phenylalanine is not readily available and to produce the supplement a mixture of D-phenylalanine and L-phenylalanine is used. The amino acid has the effect of an antidepressant drug and should be taken along with vitamin B6.

L-Tryptophan: Supplements of amino acid L-Tryptophan improves the levels of serotonin and melatonin. It is used along with vitamin B6 and vitamin B3. 5-HTP is considered to be equally effective as L-Tryptophan.

Gamma Aminobutyric Acid: It is an amino acid found in the central nervous system and it acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Depressed people have been found to have low levels of this amino acid.

Black beans, soybeans, eggs, skimmed milk, cheese, tofu and yogurt are good sources of amino acids. You will find that numerous amino acid supplements are available. Amino acid supplements should be followed by a vitamin supplement. An doctor or health care professional should be consulted regarding the dosage of the amino acid supplements and the accompanying vitamin supplement.

Keep in mind that it may take time to see the positive effects of a new diet and supplement regimen.




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