Friday, December 28, 2007

Natural Cures And Supplements To Cure The Worst Depresion

Treatment of depression often takes place on several fronts. Depressed patients may benefit from exercise and other strategies, such as acupuncture, yoga, or meditation. In addition, psychiatric counseling can help people deal with the feelings of sadness and hopelessness that accompany depression.

If there are any underlying conditions, these should also be treated. Heart and vascular disease are associated with depression, and hypothyroidism can also cause depression. For more ideas on how to treat these conditions, please see the chapters on thyroid disorders and heart disease.

The following dietary supplements have been shown to help restore neurotransmitter levels and alleviate depression:

B vitamins—A full complement of B vitamins (including at least 1000 micrograms (mcg) vitamin B12, 250 milligrams (mg) vitamin B6, and 800 mcg of folic acid daily
Zinc—15 to 30 mg daily
TMG—2 to 4 grams (g) daily
Cytidine diphosphate choline—250 to 500 mg daily (alternatively, 1 to 3 teaspoons liquid choline chloride mixed with 2 ounces juice daily, 1 tablespoon pure lecithin granules daily, or 250 mg glyceryl phosphoryl choline daily)
Micronized creatine—500 mg (in capsule form) four to eight times daily
N-acetylcysteine—600 mg (in capsule form) one to two times daily on an empty stomach
Vitamin C—1 to 3 g daily
Vitamin E—400 International Units (IU) daily, with 200 mg gamma tocopherol
EPA/DHA—1400 mg EPA and 1000 mg DHA daily
SAMe—400 to 1200 mg daily without food
St. John’s wort—300 to 900 mg daily
Ginkgo biloba—120 mg daily
L-phenylalanine—500 to 1000 mg early in the day
Tyrosine—500 to 1000 mg daily
Tryptophan—500 to 1000 mg once or twice daily on an empty stomach
DHEA—15 to 75 mg daily, followed by blood testing in three to six weeks to make sure optimal levels are maintained.

In addition, hormone therapy may be necessary to balance levels of important hormones, including pregnenolone, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Hormone testing is recommended, followed by hormone supplements if necessary. Progesterone creams are available for application directly to the skin, while testosterone is available in a number of delivery systems. Special compounding pharmacies can help produce estrogen supplements that reflect the natural balance of estrogens rather than the strong animal estrogens used in conventional hormone replacement therapy.



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