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The list below will give you some idea on what natural medicines have been proven to work for depression, and which ones haven’t.
SAMe is commonly known and proven to be as effective as tricyclic antidepressants. It is also known to be effective for
SAMe has been proven to increase serotonin turnover and increase the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine. SAMe is an excellent anti depressant and well researched. There has been no reports of side-effects with its’ use unlike prescription antidepressants. Weight gain is one undesirable side-effect of some prescription antidepressants. For double strength SAMe see
SAMe – 400mgRosenbaum JF, Fava M, Falk WE, et al. The antidepressant potential of oral S-adenosyl-l-methionine. Acta Psychiatr Scand 1990;81:432-6.St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John’s Wort has long been used as an antidepressant and some people swear by its’ use. In research it has been shown to inhibit the reuptake of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, just as SAMe does.
Recent reveiws of clinical trials involving 5,489 patients showed that St. John’s Wort is equally effective for depression as prescription anti-depressants. It was also noted that less patients withdrew from the trial due to less unwanted side-effects.
Note: St. John’s Wort can cause unwanted side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth and gastrointestinal symptoms. It also can cause drug interactions as it induces the cytochrome P450 3A4. Do not use with oral contraceptives and check with your doctor about other medicines if considering the use of this treatment and depression.
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Solgar’s SFP St. John’s Wort 60VcapsWiley-Blackwell. “St. John’s Wort Relieves Symptoms Of Major Depression, Study Shows.” ScienceDaily 13 October 2008. 19 March 2009 .NADH (Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydrate)
Research has shown that this product may help memory and concentration but studies have shown that it is not helpful for treatment of depression.
NADH is not a proven natural medicine for depression.Vrecko K, Storga D, Birkmayer JG, et al. NADH stimulates endogenous dopamine biosynthesis by enhancing the recycling of tetrahydrobiopterin in rat phaeochromocytoma cells. Biochim Biophys Acta 1997;1361:59-65.Inositol
Inositol is an isomer of glucose and is found in plant and animal cells.
Research has shown that Inositol is a proven natural medicine for depression as it plays a role in communication between serotonin and norepinephrine. The dosage for effectiveness is 12 grams daily for at least four weeks.
Benjamin J, Agam G, Levine J, et al. Inositol treatment in psychiatry. Psychopharmacol Bull 1995;31:167-75.Phenylalanine
This is an amino acid which is a precursor to tyrosine which is a precursor to dopamine and norepinephrine. When levels are low, depression can be initiated. However, it has been shown that when supplemented, it does not decrease the symptoms of depression.
Stay tune on this one as there is more research currently under way.
Gelenberg AJ, Wojcik JD, Falk WE, et al. Tyrosine for depression: a double-blind trial. J Affect Disord 1990;19:125-32.Fish Oil
Research has shown that taking a dose of 9.6 grams of fish oil a day can improve depression in patients already taking prescription anti-depressants. There is also evidence that EPA on its own at 1 gram daily with prescription medication can help symptoms, but DHA on its’ own does not help.
Note: Check with your doctor before taking fish oil as there can be interactions between drugs such as anticoagulants. Over 3 grams daily of fish oil can increase bleeding. For high dose fish oil see
High Potency Fish Oil Su KP, Huang SY, Chiu CC, Shen WW. Omega-3 fatty acids in major depressive disorder. A preliminary double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol 2003;13:267-71.DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
DHEA is a hormone that is a precursor to the male and female hormones. DHEA was thought to help depression as levels appeared low in depressed patients. Some research has shown that it can be effective for some people but there are concerns over safety and the rise of hormones and hormone sensitive cancers.
DHEA is not a proven natural medicine for depression.Wolkowitz OM, Reus VI, Keebler A, et al. Double-blind treatment of major depression with dehydroepiandosterone. Am J Psychiatry 1999;156:646-9.Multivitamins
There is little effect on symptoms when supplemented with multivitamins alone.
Research has shown that folic acid may facilitate prescription antidepressants but is not helpful when supplemented alone. I would suggest you take a multivitamin with a good dose of folic acid 500mcg/day.
Passeri M, Cucinotta D, Abate G, et al. Oral 5′-methyltetrahydrofolic acid in senile organic mental disorders with depression: results of a double-blind multicenter study. Aging (Milano) 1993;5:63-71.Saffron (Crocus sativus)
Very early research has been in favour of using saffron for depression. There is little information on how this plant actually works but the research is looking good at a dose of 30mg a day for a minimum of six weeks.
Akhondzadeh S, Tahmacebi-Pour N, Noorbala AA, et al. Crocus sativus L. in the treatment of mild to moderate depression: a double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial. Phytother Res 2005;19:148-51.No Research as Yet
These plants currently have no research completed on them for the treatment of depression.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
Yohimbe (Pausinystalia yohimbe)
Lavender ( Lavendula angustifolia)
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)Back to Depression Home Page