Alternative remedies

alternative remediesAustralian researchers are reporting what we’ve already heard before: diet and nutrition can help with depression. BIG NEWS! [sarcasm]

A number of nutrients, including polyunsaturated fatty acids, St. John’s Wort and several B vitamins, have the potential to influence mood by increasing the absorption of chemical messengers in the brain, Dr. Dianne Volker of the University of Sydney in Chippendale and Jade Ng of Goodman Fielder Commercian in North Ryde, New South Wales note in the journal Nutrition and Dietetics.

Volker and Ng go on to say that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid helps prevent depression. Sucks for me considering that I don’t like fish at all. Tryptophan, an amino acid found most commonly in turkey, is also suggested as an aid against depression. Once digested, tryptophan is converted into serotonin, which also may help fight depression. (Hooray for Thanksgiving!)

In a random stumble upon a new blog, I came across an article titled, “Natural Remedies for Depression.” The raging debate continues, of course. Nothing’s been completely proven in favor of anything. In addition to some of the items mentioned above, this article adds a few alternative remedies for depression:


  1. Juleia said,

    May 26, 2007 at 2:58 am

    Is 5-HTP Safe to Use for Depression?
    5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan or 5-hydroxy-l-tryptophan) is a natural supplement that converts in the brain into serotonin. Serotonin is an important brain chemical involved in mood, behavior, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin is also involved in impulse control. However, 5-HTP is only used in serotonin production. 5-HTP supplements have become popular because it is thought that providing the body with 5-HTP in pill form can boost the body’s serotonin levels, similar to the antidepressants that are thought to increase the amount of serotonin available to the brain.

  2. Gianna Kali said,

    May 27, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    You don’t have to get fish oil from fish. Taking up to ten grams of oil in capsule or liquid form is actually better as you can get large quantities. To avoid fish flavor try Carlson’s Liquid, which is flavored with lemon. It’s good in protein drinks (with no added sugar…just use a banana or some other fruit) I also take it by the spoonful…it doesn’t bother me.

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