Depression affects millions of people every year. The reasons for depression are varied – but the truth is, in most cases, experts are unsure why depression develops.
There are of course, circumstantial factors in everyday life that contribute – such as a death in the family, divorce, illness or other traumatic event.
Big Pharma has monopolized the discussion on this epidemic condition and flooded the market with prescription antidepressants.
Emerging research indicates that less than 50% of patients prescribed antidepressants actually get better. In fact, the long list of potential side effects (extreme agitation, thoughts of suicide, hostility, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth…you get the picture) are potentially worse that the “cure”.
It would seem that such an abysmal success rate would cry out for a more natural approach. There are some interesting studies identifying the brain food nutrients essential in effectively dealing with depression.
Vitamin D: Numerous studies are now confirming that low levels of Vitamin D are associated with depression. It makes sense that the “sunshine vitamin” would assist the body in dealing with depression. Levels of depression are higher in areas that do not see much sunshine.
Most people need between 4,000 – 8,000 units a day of vitamin D3 to reach blood levels sufficient to be optimal. Dense Bone, our proprietary blend of Vitamin D3, K2 and strontium contain 2,000 units of Vitamin D3 in every capsule.
Omega-3 Fats:We know that Omega-3 fats are essential for good brain health, including mood. Most research studies on this nutrient have been small, but the consensus is that Omega-3 oils such as those found in our Fish Flax gel capsules have shown a benefit in treating depression.
B Vitamins: The B vitamins have often been referred to as the “stress” vitamins. When we are overwhelmed the B vitamins are the first to be depleted. Research has shown that a good B complex vitamin can be of great benefit in helping to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and stress.
Stress Eze was a formula we designed with this in mind. In addition to a robust B vitamin complex, Stress Eze also contains numerous other nutrients clinically shown to assist the body in dealing with stress.
In conclusion, the temptation is to go after the “quick fix” that Big Pharma offers to deal with our depression. A natural approach is more compelling when you consider the side effects associated with the depression drugs found in the market today.
Sources: Nature – Nov. 15, 2011; Psychiatry Research – December, 2011; Journal of Clinical Psychiatry – December, 2009