Some of the most commonly used dietary supplements in self-treatment for mood and state of mind problems are:
- St. John's Wort
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The main message of his lecture was to be cautious when opting to use these things. They do have factors in them that, in some, have an effect of mood stabilization, some purport to alleviate stress, and some address anxiety or reduce depression; the problem is, you may be getting varied doses, regardless of what the label says. Also, I would add, self-diagnosing can be a risky business; it usually helps to get the objective opinion of someone else, best if it be someone trained in the field.
The two exceptions on the above list are the fatty acids and sam-e. The fatty acids, which are plentiful in fish, do lots of good things for our health such as reduce the risk of heart disease. But they also seem to affect depression. A real study was done on depressed children who were treated with the fatty acids and the result was a 50% reduction in depression! Check clinical trials.gov for more about this study. By the way, the ALA produced in plants is sometimes touted as being the same as the DHA+EPA that is what is found in fish but, in fact, it has a very low conversion rate in the body to this form.
Sam-e is something our body makes itself. Sometimes, some people have a disruption in this process, in which case, it would be a good supplement. SAM-e is used in the body to make everything and it helps many problems, notably arthritis. In addition, it seems to have a positive effect on mood.
Dr. Blonz recommended Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database as a reliable site to use for information on these topics (be careful, there are a lot of salespeople on the internet posing as information sources) and I like it too.
Take care of yourself. Take care of your health. Just make considered choices.
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