The Best Herbs For Fighting Depression

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4. 5-HTP

You have probably seen these supplements for sale and wondered what the heck they are. 5-Hydroxytrytophan, extracted from the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia, more commonly known as 5-HTP, is an essential amino acid derived from tryptophan. This chemical is required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which makes us feel happy. Of course, you can consume tryptophan in your diet by eating plenty of turkey, kale, collard greens, dairy products, pumpkin, squash, sunflower seeds, and potatoes; but for those suffering from depression, the levels of tryptophan that you can consume from food vary too much to be helpful. Also, some people have a limited ability to absorb tryptophan easily, and they find that consuming it via 5-HTP is helpful. Studies have shown that this supplement works well for many people who are suffering with depression. Talk to your doctor and see if 5-HTP might be right for you, and ask for the proper dosage.

 

5. Valerian

Second only to St. John’s Wort, valerian is well-known for its sedating effects. It calms the nerves and reduces feelings of anxiety, even helping calm phobias. When consumed on a regular basis, this herb can bring amazing results. Studies show that regular consumption of valerian can eliminate or reduce many common symptoms of depression, including anxiety, irritability, insomnia, lack of concentration, and it can even lower blood pressure levels. The active ingredients in valerian, valepotriates, are known to be natural relaxants that reduce stress and relax the entire central nervous system. Valerian is most commonly consumed as a tea.

 

6. Lavender

It’s been used for centuries for the symptoms of depression, so why does everyone think lavender is simply something that smells good? This is one of the few essential oils that are mild enough for use directly on the skin. Lavender promotes relaxation and is known for encouraging deep, quality sleep. This can help to alleviate stress, one of the major causes of depression. Lavender also naturally balances cortisol levels in the body, and it naturally slows down brain waves. Lavender is a natural sedative that is scientifically proven to calm the mind and body. If you suffer from nervousness, restlessness, insomnia, and feelings of anxiety, try lavender!  

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