The Best Herbs For Fighting Depression

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7. Flaxseed

Sometimes called linseed, flaxseed has been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years in ancient cultures as a remedy for various ailments. Flax seeds are high in a powerful omega-3 fatty acid known as alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. Studies have shown that flaxseed can help to reduce ADHD, eating disorders, addiction, and depression. Other studies involving animals showed that flaxseeds were effective in treating various mental problems, including depression. In 2009, French scientists found  that when compared to a placebo group, rats that received a supplement with ALA from flaxseeds had much lower levels of depression. Ask your doctor about proper amounts that you should consume.

 

8. Gingko Biloba

This herb has been used since ancient times to treat lack of energy, memory problems, and depression. Consuming gingko biloba on a regular basis can eliminate many of the symptoms of depression, according to research done at the University Of Maryland Medical Center. The leaves of this plant have lipophilic extracts, which have powerful anti-depressant and anti-stress effects when consumed regularly. Consult with your doctor for proper dosage for your unique situation.

 

9. Rhodiola Rocea

Sometimes called golden root, or rose root, rhodiola rosea is a little-known herb that can really help with depression. This herb inhibits the activity of monoamine oxidase A and B, which break down neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, preventing them from being available to the brain. Low levels of these kinds of neurotransmitters often lead to depression. This herb is also effective in the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol. Speak to your doctor about trying this herbal supplement.

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