Many depression sufferers are familiar with the concept of treating depression with supplements rather than prescribed medicines. While this option isn't for everyone, it is a suitable - and sometimes preferred - choice for many. It is an especially good alternative for those who are not comfortable taking prescription medications at all. As with any substance, you should be cautious when considering what to add to your health plan.
Here is a list of supplements commonly used to treat depression, in no particular order:
St. John's Wort - Most commonly used to treat mild cases of depression (IE dysthymia) and widely recognized as a successful treatment.
Vitamin D3 - Quite commonly used as part of a depression treatment regimen. Frequently used in conjunction with adding more natural vitamin D (direct sunlight).
Omega-3/Fish Oil/Krill Oil - Made of polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Several studies have proven that people who suffer from depression have lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids, and making up for those lower levels truly helps brain function.
Saffron - Also often used as a natural appetite suppressant. Although widely recognized as a legitimate alternative, is typically quite expensive.
Inositol - People with depression often have lower levels of inositol than what is considered healthy. Taking this supplement can help, although studies vary in the results.
NOTE: This article is intended to be used as an informational resource only! The supplements mentioned here are not recommendations. Instead, they are a collection of supplements most commonly used to treat various types of depression and other mood disorders. If you make a personal decision to try any of the supplements listed here, make sure to contact your physician first. If you don't currently have a doctor, do your own thorough research before making any drastic changes. Keep accurate notes and try one new things at a time to better track your body's reaction.