Natural antidepressants for depression, stress, anxiety, irritability and anxiety can be used in addition to methods such as psychotherapy, acupuncture or, for example, light therapy. Repeated attacks of anxiety are also suppressed with the help of available tools – usually they are natural antidepressants that are cheap and available at any pharmacy and even in a supermarket.
Natural antidepressants under stress naturally help to cope with psychological problems. Below we provide a list of natural antidepressants (natural products) that will help you not only treat depression, but also prevent its occurrence.
Next, read about the 13 most effective natural antidepressant products, some of which are in your kitchen.
Rhodiola rosea (golden root) – natural antidepressants
Rhodiola Rosea relieves both physical and mental fatigue. This is a common stimulant, which is taken not only for fatigue, but also seasonal affective disorder and depression. Rhodiola rosea is useful because:
- promotes active recovery: the golden root is effective in asthenia and struggles with stress
- regulates urine adrenaline (a neurotransmitter that is released under stress): Rhodiola is a rosy natural alternative to tranquilizers
- used during high physical exertion to increase stamina and promote heart recovery; Rhodiola rosea has also been used successfully in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Rhodiola is an adaptogenic herb that helps fight depression, increasing resistance to stress and reducing mental and physical fatigue. Thus, Rhodiola restores the body’s natural “dynamism”. Adaptogenic plant adapts to the needs of the body.
In case of seasonal depression, Rhodiola may have a positive effect on:
- eating disorder (reduces the symptoms of bulimia)
- sleep disturbance (relieves from increased drowsiness)
- emotional state (increases the desire to act).
Hypericum for Depression
St. John’s wort has been used for centuries as a treatment for mild and moderate depression. For example, in Germany, even representatives of official medicine prescribe St. John’s Wort as a natural antidepressant.
St. John’s Wort is probably the most famous natural antidepressant! Recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) and the World Health Organization, St. John’s wort is effective against depression, anxiety, mood swings, nervous agitation, and digestive problems.
St. John’s Wort is not addictive or abstinent. However, it has been proven that the use of Hypericum along with some medications is associated with side effects – that is, St. John’s wort affects the effect of other drugs. Thus, it is strongly recommended not to bind with St. John’s wort with antidepressants, cyclosporine drugs, birth control pills, some antiviral medications and anti-cancer drugs. It is extremely important to obtain the permission of your physician to use Hypericum as a natural anti-depressant.
Saffron – a natural antidepressant natural
Saffron, also called "red gold", is a spice that is a very powerful natural remedy for combating depression, stress, bad mood and anxiety. Crocin’s pigment and saffranal essential oil, contained in saffron, have antidepressant, anti-stress and anxiolytic properties. According to studies, the effects of saffron are equivalent to the action of synthetic antidepressants, but without any side effects. Saffron may be a better choice than St. John’s wort if you are already taking a regular anti-depressant, as it has less effect on the effects of other drugs.
Depression is a complex disease that can take many forms and affect each of us. It manifests itself in a sad mood, loss of interest in activities, a decrease in energy. These emotional disturbances affect family life, professional and social activities. You can fight depression with the help of effective natural antidepressants, which allows you to avoid many of the side effects of synthetic drugs.
Griffonia Prostolistnaya with depression
Griffonia is an African plant with a high content of 5-hydroxytryptophan, an amino acid that is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Plain-leaf griffony acts as an effective anti-depressant, but, naturally, without significant side effects of synthetic drugs. Gryphony is useful for dealing with depression, anxiety, stress and sleep disorders. In contrast to synthetic antidepressants, the plateless Griffonia acts on the brain, and on the whole organism.
Valerian – a natural antidepressant
The Valerian plant has long proven beneficial for treating depression and anxiety. Valerian effectively acts on the body and effectively reduces nervous excitement, anxiety, stress and insomnia. The body as a whole feels renewed, later comes fatigue.
Turmeric – a natural antidepressant in your kitchen
Turmeric is a powerful spice that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. In addition to its many healing properties, turmeric is effective against depression and stress. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a powerful anti-depressant, making turmeric an ally in the fight against depression. According to various sources, turmeric is just as effective as conventional depression drugs, but without the side effects! It activates serotonin, a good mood hormone.
Omega-3 natural antidepressant
Omega-3 is an excellent natural anti-depressant, although the general public is much more aware of its effect on cardiovascular diseases, dietary balance, pain and inflammation. But, adequate consumption of omega-3 also helps in the treatment of depression. The only problem is that it is difficult to obtain the required amount of omega-3 from food to effectively combat depression, so you can turn to certified natural food additives, without pesticides or heavy metals.
Hop – natural antidepressant
Hops relieves the symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety. It has very interesting relaxing and soothing properties. The European Medicines Commission has approved the use of hops to combat agitation, anxiety and sleep disorders.
Ginseng – a life-giving natural antidepressant adaptogen
Ginseng effectively regulates the immune response and hormonal changes due to stress, thereby maintaining homeostasis. In addition to suppressing the onset of psychological illnesses such as anxiety and depression, ginseng also prevents stress-related physiological diseases. (Bibliography:
Ginseng is traditionally used as a medicinal herb in the Far East, in Korea, Japan, and China. The reason for this is that ginseng contains natural antioxidant compounds. These ginsenosides, which are extracted from ginseng roots, leaves, stems, and fruits, have several pharmacological effects. They are divided into about 100 different categories. In many studies, ginsenosides have been identified as an effective treatment for organ damage and cell death, as well as immunological and metabolic diseases.
Ginseng is used as an adaptogen for the treatment of various diseases, as a tonic and rejuvenating agent. Ginseng perfectly regulates tension, compared with others showed adaptogens. This effectiveness as an antistress agent has been demonstrated using various behavioral conditional stress tests. In vivo research also showed that ginseng has excellent anti-stress effects.
Reishi – have you tried depression mushrooms?
Reishi mushroom provides immune support, relieves stress and anxiety, is an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer product with a number of other benefits. For more information on why Reishi is called the “God of Mushrooms,” read the Moscow Medicine Portal here http: //
Reishi for thousands of years used in Chinese medicine. It is especially useful for regulating the immune system — enhancing it when it is weakened, or lowering when the immune system is too active. The mushroom contains more than 400 different biological active compounds; Numerous studies have confirmed that in addition to modifying the immune system, Reishi has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant effects, soothes the nervous system, reduces anxiety, improves mood and improves sleep (Bibliography:
Lemongrass to improve mood, reduce anxiety and depression
Lemongrass berry is a classic example of an adaptogenic herbal remedy, which means that it is safe, non-toxic and, in particular, reduces both mental and physical stress. Lemongrass is shown to improve coordination, concentration, and even stamina.
The Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Products has concluded that regular consumption of Schizandra extract reduces anxiety associated with stress and also improves cognitive function. According to researchers, there is fairly strong evidence that Schizandra is a fairly powerful natural candidate because of its ability to stimulate mood by reducing stress levels and increasing productivity in many aspects of life (Bibliography:
Melissa is a natural flavored antidepressant.
The plant regulates mood, improves the quality of sleep, reduces anxiety, nervousness and irritability and anxiety. Melissa helps the body to find peace and tranquility without causing harm (Bibliography:
Melissa officinalis is a perennial shrub plant from the family of Labiaceae. Even in the Middle Ages, this fragrant herb was common in Europe, now it is widely cultivated throughout the world. In the course of various studies, various biologically active substances were isolated from melissa. HPLC analyzes (high performance liquid chromatography) showed that the pharmacological effects of the extract of melissa provide rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid ester and 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid.
Studies on healthy volunteers have shown that lemon balm extract is capable of modulating mood and can be considered a tranquilizer and an anti-depressant of limited use. However, there is no exact data on the gender factor and the duration of the effect, so be sure to coordinate the reception of lemon balm with your doctor.
Eleutherococcus – "Soviet" natural antidepressant
Eleutherococcus, like many herbal remedies, came to us from traditional Chinese medicine, where it has been used for more than 2000 years – Eastern doctors believe that Eleutherococcus is able to restore the lack of vital energy of qi.
Eleutherococcus is also considered a natural adaptogen, which means that it naturally enhances the body’s resistance to various stressors, helps to normalize and balance the body’s immune and endocrine systems.
Official pharmacology recognized eleutherococcus as an adaptogen in the 40s of the last century, when Soviet scientists began an active study of its medicinal properties. In the USSR, eleutherococcus was actively used to solve many health problems, from increasing the strength and endurance of athletes to fighting radiation exposure after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The plant improves adrenal function, which is associated with the fight against fatigue – chemicals in Eleutherococcus inhibit the binding of stress hormones to their receptors. This means that the better your adrenal glands work, the less hormones are produced that provoke stress and anxiety. Consuming Eleutherococcus also causes mild sedative effects, which helps get rid of the symptoms of depression.
However, with all the benefits of Eleutherococcus as a natural antidepressant, do not take it without consulting a doctor – Eleutherococcus is contraindicated for high blood pressure and low blood sugar.
Article author: Marina Dvorkovich, Moscow Medicine ©
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