When it comes to treating & overcoming depression, natural non-drug options work far better (and are far safer) than anti-depressant medications. Here's why choosing natural remedies for your depression over conventional methods will give you the best chance possible of fighting & ultimately beating this awful condition...
Article by Troy Sawyer (Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Coach, Sports Nutritionist)
Updated March 21, 2023 -- This post contains affiliate links
Depression is a nasty disease… it really is. We like to call it “the silent destroyer” because that’s what it can do to someone who suffers from it - even if they are seeking professional help. The biggest problem with depression is the majority of society still doesn’t accept it as a real disease. Many people who simply don’t understand this condition believe that if you’re depressed then you just need to suck it up and get over it!
It’s amazing just how many small-minded people out there still think like this.
But the fact is depression is a very real disorder that affects millions of people worldwide, and unfortunately, the statistics are getting worse very quickly.
Of course, the standard medical options for treating depression include some hardcore drug therapies such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s), along with various other “antidepressants”. But studies show that drugs such as Prozac are only effective in around 10% of users. And many users of anti-depressants report that taking these drugs causes severe mood swings or just turns them into a “dazed zombie”. What’s even worse though is the #1 side effect of anti-depressant medications is they significantly increase the risk of suicidal tendencies. 1
The other problem is if you decide you want to come off any of these drugs you'll likely go through some serious withdrawal symptoms (including becoming short tempered and angry), which emotionally, can make you spiral downwards even more.
Because you’re here looking for natural ways to treat depression, we're going to assume that either you or a loved one has already tried the “medical merry-go-round” for your depression (either that or you’re still stuck on the carousel) and you didn’t like the outcome.
But that’s okay, because help is now on the way.
You're about to discover some of the most potent remedies and natural treatments for depression currently available - along with some extra ways you can get the most out of these remedies. However, we aren’t going to sugar coat or paint a rosy picture here for you. The fact is if you really want to cure your depression for good (and not just throw a band-aid over the problem), you're going to have to be disciplined and put in continuous effort everyday to achieve this or you'll simply be wasting a lot of time and energy and throwing good money down the drain!
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way around this.
The only way to treat this condition successfully using natural remedies is by taking a Holistic approach. If you do, you'll see some startling results in a very short time. So enough of the chit-chat… let’s get started.
The medical profession say’s depression is a biochemical imbalance in the brain caused by a lack of serotonin and a genetic flaw. Alternative health experts say depression is a biochemical imbalance in the brain caused by toxic overload and nutritional deficiencies (which then causes a lack of serotonin).
We believe the alternative health experts are right on this one and here’s why…
If we start with nutritional deficiencies - it’s been clinically proven that certain nutrients affect mood and behaviour. Plenty of research has been carried out in this area and the results have been so positive that many depression clinics and treatment centers are now using "nutritional therapy" to treat their patients instead of conventional methods. Here are some of the nutrients currently having the biggest impact…
L-Tyrosine: Back in 1980 an article was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Dr Alan Gelenberg of Harvard Medical School. In the article he talked about the outstanding success he had with tyrosine for treating patients with long term depression…
He took patients who were not responding to standard therapy and administered them with supplemental L-Tyrosine. Within a few weeks, most patients were either able to reduce their intake of amphetamines to minimal levels or discontinue with the drugs altogether! 2
Along with a reduction in depression and anxiety levels, other benefits associated with tyrosine therapy include an improvement in mental alertness and memory retainability. It's also known to assist in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, low thyroid function, allergies and stress - some of which are related side effects of depression.
L-Tryptophan: Tryptophan is considered one of the strongest remedies for depression and anxiety. Known as an “emotional stabilizer”, it's renowned for its supreme calming effect, along with its ability to control depression and help with normal sleep patterns. In fact, L-tryptophan expert, Dr Quentin Regestein, from Harvard Medical School said (after a study on L-tryptophan and moods)... “We have good grounds for hope that with L-tryptophan we will finally have a population which is free from hypnotics” (anti-depressants). 3
L-Phenylalanine: According to medical experts, phenylalanine is “highly stimulating” to the nervous system and brain. It acts as a powerful pain reliever and anti-depressant, along with increasing mental alertness and memory functions quite significantly. Amazingly, studies have shown phenylalanine to be 60-80% effective in cases of depression! 4
L-Glutamine: Known as “brain fuel”, L-glutamine is one of only a small number of compounds capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and participating in brain chemistry. And it doesn’t just act as an energy source for the brain either, it also helps with treating depression by absorbing harmful ammonia (ammonia along with other heavy metals accumulate in the brain and are one of the major causes of depression and anxiety). A powerful side benefit of glutamine is it also raises your IQ and memory retainability!
Chromium and Vanadium: Erratic blood sugar levels are another major cause of depression and anxiety, simply because your blood sugar level DIRECTLY affects your moods. Although cleaning up your diet will help to fix this problem, making sure you're receiving enough of the essential trace minerals - chromium and vanadium - will help tremendously as well.
Chromium and vanadium are the nutrients that regulate your blood sugar level. So if it’s too high they regulate it down. If it’s too low they regulate it up. So the bottom line here is that by controlling your blood sugar levels, you can more easily control your depression and/or anxiety. (More information on the importance of your blood sugar levels for treating depression is discussed in our #2 article below).
Magnesium: As important as chromium and vanadium are, if you had to pick the most important mineral for treating and getting rid of depression and anxiety, magnesium would surely be it! Magnesium is 100% vital for the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system. And multiple studies have repeatedly shown that a magnesium deficiency in the body causes mood levels to plummet and nervousness to accelerate. The fact that our food crops and soil levels of magnesium have plunged in the last 30 years (and as a result nearly everyone in the world is now severely deficient in this mineral), and at the same time depression levels in people world-wide have also risen significantly in the last 30 years, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out there's a strong connection?
For more information on this crucial mineral and why it's such an important treatment for depression and anxiety, we recommend you take the time to read our exclusive interview with world renowned magnesium expert and author, Dr Carolyn Dean. Here's the link... Dr Carolyn Dean Interview.
Other Antidepressant Nutrients Your Body Must Have… There are other essential nutrients your body simply cannot go without, especially if you suffer from depression. These include; Vitamin D, Folic acid, Vitamin B5, B6, B12, Vitamin C, Zinc, Iron, Lithium, Co Q10, and the full spectrum of trace minerals.
There's one common theme you'll repeatedly see coming from this website, and that is this... There are no longer enough essential nutrients in our food supply today! You must remember this above all else. It’s no good recognizing you need extra nutrients to treat your depression, then trying to obtain them just by eating a “balanced diet”.
You’ll be wasting your time!
The only way to make sure you get the nutrients your body needs is by consciously putting them in your mouth everyday with supplements. This way you're leaving nothing to chance (call it an extra insurance policy if you like).
Here's some of the best ways to do this…
Plant Based Liquid Colloidal Minerals: Plant based colloidal minerals are the first supplements you'll need. They contain the full spectrum of minerals and trace elements our bodies require every day (we need at least 60) in a ready-made and highly absorbable form. Because you need so many minerals and trace minerals to treat depression, colloidal mineral supplements are really the only way to get them all. Just be aware that there are a lot of suppliers of colloidal minerals on the market today and many are bogus - so be sure to check your sources carefully. Here's some reputable brands if you're interested... Colloidal Mineral Suppliers
"Grasses": Wheat grass and barley grass are potent remedies for depression because of the high amounts of essential nutrients and antioxidants they contain. As long as these green foods are grown in mineral rich soils (very important) they're a rich source of many of the major minerals, along with containing high amounts of all the essential vitamins and amino acids - including L-tyrosine, L-tryptophan, Phenylalanine and Glutamine. Cereal grasses also contain one of the most powerful antioxidants discovered so far… super oxide dismutase (SOD). Amazing Grass produce the highest quality and #1 wheat grass supplement on the market... Amazing Grass Wheat Grass Powder.
Extra Supplements: To successfully treat your depression, you're also going to need to take extra supplements that contain vitamin D, B group vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C and Co-enzyme Q10. Try and find an “all in one” if you can and always remember to take them with food for better absorption - and at different times to your cereal grass and colloidal minerals (also very important).
Magnesium: Magnesium can be poorly assimilated through oral ingestion. One of the best ways to receive the required amount every day is with a transdermal magnesium spray. This method delivers the magnesium through the pores of the skin and is highly effective (and cheap). Simply spray the oil over your body and rub on like a suntan lotion. You'll definitely feel a noticeable increase in positive moods and energy within a few short weeks. Here's how you can easily make up your own spray...
Boil up some distilled water (distilled water keeps longer than regular water) then add 2 cups of this boiled water and 2 cups of magnesium chloride flakes to a glass bowl. Mix thoroughly until the flakes are completely dissolved. Leave to cool, mix again, and then pour the contents into a glass spray bottle or plastic bottle (glass is preferable). Shake well before using then apply 8-10 spray's on the skin to various parts of the body (mainly arms, legs and torso). Leave on for at least an hour before showering. Do this a minimum of once a day.
In addition to the magnesium spray, you can also purchase a terrific magnesium product called Natural Calm. This supplement is really quite amazing for treating depression and anxiety (many people absolutely swear by this product for curing their depression, anxiety and insomnia). Natural Calm has been around for quite some time and customer reviews are always excellent. You can find out more here... Natural Vitality Natural Calm (also take the time to scroll down and read some of the positive reviews).
Of course, the other major cause of depression is what we like to call “toxic heavy metal overload”. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminium and ammonia accumulate in the brain over time and cause some very destructive problems.
It has now been proven that these metals are one of the top causes of depression - so they must be flushed out every day.
The best way to do this is with some powerful antioxidants. Many of the nutrients we've just discussed are potent antioxidants and cereal grasses contain some of the strongest antioxidants known to man. So you'll already be receiving an excellent supply. There's also some highly effective “antioxidant herbs” which you really cant go without if you want to treat your depression successfully. You will find these in our “herbal remedies for depression” section (#3 remedy).
There are more natural remedies for depression that give outstanding results. Simply click on the links below to read about each treatment in more detail…
Home remedies for depression treatment #2 - Powerhouse foods you must be eating - shocking foods you must avoid!
Natural remedies for depression treatment #3 - Herbs are your secret weapon in the fight against depression. Here's 8 of the best...
Natural treatments for depression #4 - Why exercise, sleep and getting outdoors are 3 essential remedies for depression you can't go without.
That ends these articles on natural remedies and treatments for depression. We believe you have everything here to successfully treat your depression for good. But like we said at the beginning, if you really want to get rid of your depression and not just stick a band aid over the problem then you are going to have to make some changes.
And that’s not going to be easy at the start.
However, it takes 30 days to create a new habit so once you've been following these recommendations for at least a month, you'll be well on your way to being “depression free” for good. Just take it one day at a time… that’s all you can do.
Good luck and God bless!
Note: Because anxiety and depression usually go hand in hand, we highly recommend that you take the time to read our informative article on anxiety remedies. You can click on the link below to go there...
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