Increasingly research is being done on the connection between our gut and brain. Undoubtedly the two are connected, literally by the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the bridge between the brain and the gut. The health and well-being of the gut and brain are highly influenced by this two-way connection showing that in situations of stress our gut is influenced and that our gut influences our mental health. So how can supplements be utilized to enhance mood and overall mental health? Is this possible?
It is important to keep in mind that supplements are just that. They are not meant to replace whole foods, but they can be used to enhance or complement good habits, diet, exercise, self-soothing practices, stress-reducing activities, high-quality sleep, or other medications you may be taking to treat depression and anxiety. It is also crucial that if you do consider using any supplements you consult your doctor beforehand to make sure they do not impact any other medications you may be taking.
Supplements to Alleviate Depression
Fish Oil is high in Omega-3s. While Omega-3s are known to have health benefits, what makes them important to include in our diet or include as a supplement is the improper ratio of Omega-3s and Omega-6s that is typical in the American diet for optimal nutritional health. Most Americans have an excess of Omega-6s, calling for more Omega-3s. An excess of Omega-6s in your diet is pro-inflammation. Research has shown that in some cases inflammation can play a role in depression and fatigue.
Methylfolate helps break down the amino acid homocysteine which in high amounts is associated with depression, dementia, heart disease, and stroke.
N-acetylcysteine is a precursor of glutathione and is known for its role in managing oxidative stress, particularly inflammation which we discussed earlier as playing a role in contributing to depression.
Vitamin D could be a potentially cost-effective and harmless supplement to potentially help improve symptoms of depression. Most people do not get enough vitamin D. Studies show Vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of depression.
While supplements may help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety they should not be used without consulting a doctor and more research needs to be done on their effectiveness and their symbiotic effect with other medications. Supplements also should not serve as a replacement for maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle of getting enough sleep, and exercise, and incorporating mindfulness, yoga and breathing techniques, and traditional therapy.
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