Depression is a common mood disorder that in its mild-to-moderate form is characterized by lethargy, weight loss or gain, too much or lack of sleep, hopelessness, withdrawal, guilt, and low self-esteem. Severe clinical depression often involves thoughts of suicide and is a serious emotional illness requiring medical intervention. It is not known exactly what causes depression, but what seems to be important is the proper balance of the brains neurotransmitters (chemical messengers responsible for transmitting information between nerve cells). Herbs and nutritional supplements that may aid the brains neurotransmitters include St. Johns wort and 5-HTP. Other natural supplements that may promote nervous system health and proper brain chemical balance are SAMe, phenylalanine, phosphatidylserine, and ginkgo biloba.
Proper nutrition plays a key role in the formation of the brains neurotransmitters as well as insuring healthy function and balance. Therefore, supplementing with daily vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and essential fatty acids may be helpful especially omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, and several B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, B-6, and B-12.
Optimizing nutrition and lifestyle is also important. A healthy diet not only provides proper nutrients for the body and brain, but also helps to balance blood sugar and thus helps to balance moods. Avoid sugar, caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol. Exercise is important also, because it increases the body's production of endorphins, feel good brain chemicals that can help to bring about a positive mental attitude.
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|SAMe is the body's principal methyl donor, and is required for the transmethylation reactions essential to a wide range of important biochemicals. SAMe plays an important role in mood regulation, nerve, brain and cognitive function.
Rapid and high activity onset
Enterically coated to reduce nausea and mild gastrointestinal disturbances
|5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a compound produced in the body from the amino acid tryptophan. It is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin and the hormone melatonin.
An Amino acid made from conversion of Tryptophan via cofactors Zinc, B3, iron, calcium and folate. 5-Hydroxytryptophan is used to stimulate the endogenous production of serotonin. It may also be used before bedtime to stimulate the production of melatonin.
|Elezac is a combination of premium herbs and nutrients with properties that help support the nervous system, allowing individuals to sustain an adaptive response and minimize some of the systemic effects of stress. Elezac contains standardised St. John's Wort, a herb which can help relieve nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety. St. John's Wort is beneficial during times of stress and for the relief of irritability. Elezaccombines vitamins and minerals,which assist in the maintenance of general well-being. Minerals regulate muscle response and nervous system transmission to help reduce the effects of mild anxiety and nervous tension. Vitamins are vital and participate in many biochemical reactions including the regulation of metabolism.|
|Daily intake of a high-quality complete vitamin and mineral supplement guarantees us all the optimal nutrients that may be lacking in our foods. Vitamins and minerals are part of the necessary building-blocks for the body. Without them, degenerative conditions and illness may develop that undermine our good health. As part of a healthy lifestyle, a daily dose of optimal nutrients helps to ensure that we have plenty of energy and a vital life. Multi Essentials provides maximal levels of the most critical nutrients necessary for vibrant health. This potent daily multivitamin and mineral supplement establishes a foundation for optimal nutrition. Formulated to provide a comprehensive range of nutrients, including a high ratio of B vitamins, antioxidants and a broad mineral base including Chromium, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium and Boron.|
|Antioxidants help protect the body from the ravages of free radicals. Free radicals damage our DNA, cell membranes, and our immune system. They are a major factor in ageing, as well as degenerative diseases of the body and brain. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers which neutralize the destructive effects of these free radicals. Daily intake of antioxidant supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle protects us from the damages of these harmful free radicals. AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for disease conditions that require antioxidant support|
|Essential fatty acids are "good fats" that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called "essential" because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called "essential" because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health. Omega-3 EFAs are utilised by the body in several key areas that help influence general wellbeing. As phospholipid components of cell membranes throughout the body, they support healthy cell function and fluidity. Additionally omega-3 EFAs provide anti-inflammatory activity, and also support the maintenance of healthy brain function and healthy triglyceride levels.|
Information on Depression
What is depression or depressive illness - Depression councelling & Psychologist services in Australia
Signs and Symptoms - Beyondblue
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