Depression is a mental condition that involves irritable mood, feeling of emptiness and cognitive changes. Medically it can be divided into following conditions.
• Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
• Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
• Persistent depressive disorder
• Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
• Depressive disorder due to another medical condition
Patients suffering from depression are given anti-depressants to help ease the depressive symptoms. Also, they are advised lifestyle changes to control environment that give negative thoughts.
Depression can also be treated with supplements like Vitamin B12, Omega-3 fatty acids and herbs like saffron.
There are 11 herbs and medicines that depression patients can take to control the symptoms.
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fats are mood boosters and this have been proved in research. It is found that EPA and DHA are quite effective in controlling depression. A detailed study on fatty acids revealed that taking 1 gm of fatty acid containing 60% EPA per day can help fight depression.
- NAC (N-acetylcysteine)
NAC is an amino acid and it has several good functions for brain. First, it contains glutathione that works as an antioxidant and protects cells from oxidative damage. Second, NAC reduce inflammation by neutralizing higher levels of inflammatory cytokines found in depressed people. Third, it improves neurotransmitter dysregulation associated with mood disorders.
Saffron is good for treating depression as it contains antioxidant compounds like carotenoids crocin and crocetin. Also, it increases mood-boosting neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.… Continue reading...