Following the first national lockdown in May 2020, a official poll of the French government has shown that 13.5% of people aged 15 and over living in France presented with a depressive syndrome. A rather alarming figure, but it should be noted, however, that depression does not manifest itself in the same way in everyone. Thus, it is difficult to treat more severe cases without pharmaceutical antidepressants whose SSRIs for example. In the case of mild to moderate depression, however, there are several alternatives that could give fairly satisfactory results. Plant or natural antidepressant supplement, change in habits and lifestyle, find our top 10 remedies to try.
Natural remedies to end depression
St. John’s Wort
When it comes to herbs with an antidepressant effect, one of the most famous is St. John’s Wort. The herb of Saint John as it is still called, enjoys a long standing reputation, due to its medicinal properties. However, it is above all for his ability to influence mood and mind that he sees himself used in practice today. Like its chemical brethren, this plant with pretty yellow flowers, works similarly to selective serotonin / dopamine reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs). Regarding the effects, note that an overall review of 35 studies on the issue carried out in 2016, concluded with quite favorable results. The herb is proven to reduce symptoms of depression better than the placebo effect and as effective as SSRIs, without having as many side effects as the latter. In the form of capsules or herbal tea, take as desired.
St. John’s Wort herbal tea for depression
Used to enrich Indian and Persian dishes with a bewitching scent and irresistible taste, saffron has been shown to be far more beneficial than previously thought. Packed with antioxidants, the plant’s fiery red stamens are also known for their ability to boost serotonin. According to a study,about 30 grams of saffron have been shown to be as effective as some synthetic antidepressants, such as fluoxetine and imipramine. It should not be forgotten, however, that the condiment is only used in the case of mild to moderate depression.
Saffron to spice up but also to boost morale
If you suffer from anxiety or sleep disorders, know that passionflower is an ideal ally to treat these conditions. Several scholars consider the passion flower to have its important contributions in combating our own intrusive passions. For this reason in particular, it is used to relieve anxiety, insomnia and some forms of pain. By increasing the level of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), the flower stimulates the production of this inhibitory neurotransmitter which attacks other neurotransmitters responsible for arousal. Hence, its calming and sedative effect.
Passionflower – the natural calming flower which is also very beautiful
An African plant, the seeds of Griffonia are very rich in the amino acid 5-HydroxyTryptoPhan (or 5-HTP). Promoting the transmission of serotonin, it is believed to relieve symptoms of depression and help rebalance the nervous system. But what’s more, it’s still proven to be effective in treating fibromyalgia, insomnia, excessive hunger and chronic headaches. For maximum effect, take Griffonia extract with other anti-depressant supplements.
Griffonia – African pearl and mild antidepressant
At the origin of this flower elixir – Dr. Bach – doctor and homeopath who created his therapeutic method in the early 1900s. These 38 magical flower-based concoctions are designed to evacuate negative emotions, rebalancing the mind. Roses to see life in pink, so to speak. Except that these are more wild species, each of which is prescribed to cure a very specific emotional state. It is therefore a matter of first identifying the feelings that torment you, in order to find the elixir that best suits your discomfort. The emotions involved are divided into 7 groups which are: fear, uncertainty, indifference to the present moment, loneliness, hypersensitivity, sadness and despair, excessive concern for others. Treatment and dose depend on the number of floral extracts used.
Flower therapy with the famous Bach flowers
An essential mineral for brain health, zinc has a positive impact on the regulation and conductance of neurotransmitter pathways. This, along with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Unlike the plants listed above which supplement our diet, zinc is always more or less present in our bodies. The problem arises when its reserves in the body are relatively low. In this case, you are said to be suffering from zinc deficiency, which is linked to the risk of depression and its symptoms getting worse. A review of 17 observational studies has shown that the amount of zinc in the blood of people who are depressed is about 0.12 µg / mL lower than in people who do not have it. In addition, zinc is believed to enhance the effect of taking conventional antidepressants..
Take your daily dose of zinc to keep you in a good mood
Dispelling the gray clouds troubling your consciousness is virtually impossible without the sun. In the figurative sense but also in the proper sense of the term. An essential micro-nutrient, vitamin D, has sunlight as its main natural source. So, since we spend a significant amount of time locked inside our homes or offices, its deficiency is a fairly widespread phenomenon. Too bad, since like zinc, its low quantity results in poor mood and morale at zero. So, don’t forget to take your regular sunbathing or vitamin D supplements, especially in winter..
Fuel your body and soul with the energy of the sun
Group B vitamins
The B vitamins also play their own role in the neurological functioning of the brain. Vitamins B6, B12 and B9 are also very closely linked to the secretion of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and γ-aminobutyric acid. Their presence in the body may not only prevent symptoms of depression but also relieve them when they are already present. And while certain foods, such as red meats, eggs, dairy products, grains, and fresh green vegetables may provide you with some, supplements are once again an easy way to fill the deficiency fast..
Food sources of vitamin B6, B9 and B12
Omega 3 acids
If fish is rarely on your menu, it is high time to reintroduce it. Packed with omega 3 acids, fish like tuna, salmon, herring and mackerel are good for the body but also for mental health. The same goes for fats unless they are unsaturated and oilseeds. Aside from alleviating the symptoms of generalized depression, omega-3 acids have continued to advance as a cure for peri and postnatal depression. Little is known about the origin of their calming properties, but it is often linked to the anti-inflammatory properties of acids, that is to say to their impact on the hormone cortisol.
Food rich in Omega 3 acids against depressive disorders
Take care of yourself
Finally, the most important thing would be to take the condition seriously. The best way to fight anxiety and depression would be one that leads to our own soul. Hence the need to simply reconnect the broken link with one’s inner being and nature. Getting out of the daily grind, going green, exercising, meditating, eating healthy, sleeping better, learning to say “No”, in general taking care of yourself, could aid the emotional healing process. Otherwise, there is nothing more effective than sharing with someone because as cliché as it sounds “shared grief is half heartbreak”. There, psychotherapy would be your first ally to get you out of the vicious cycle of depression. So the choice is yours now. Are you ready to shed the heavy emotional weight and begin your spiritual journey? ?
NB: It is best to talk to a medical specialist before taking any of the supplements listed in this article. Especially if you are undergoing treatment with conventional antidepressants !