Many people with depression (and other mental health concerns) are taking medications for their condition, but unfortunately, some still experience symptoms, or an exacerbation of their symptoms during period of stress, for example.
Nutritional supplements can be used to provide additional support, and in some cases, may actually help to further reduce symptoms.
The following study explores the use of specific nutritional supplements, in conjunction with conventional medications, to reduce depressive symptoms.
Published in the American Journal of Psychiatry on the 26th of April, 2016, University of Melbourne and Harvard researchers conducted a systematic review and meta analysis of 40 clinical trials worldwide where nutrient supplementation was used concurrently with antidepressants such as SSRIs, SNRIs and tricylics to treat clinical depression.
Researchers concluded that current evidence supports adjunctive use of SAMe, methylfolate, omega-3, and vitamin D with antidepressants to reduce depressive symptoms.
Whilst this is fantastic news for many people who find they do not get complete symptom relief from antidepressant medications alone, before you run off to the chemist to purchase one of each of these, it is important to get advice from a health professional trained in the use of nutritional supplements. Some of these supplements are getting into the realm of specialised nutrient prescribing, and it’s particularly important you receive the right advice about: which particular nutrient/s are going to be most appropriate for you; what dose is required; symptom/condition monitoring; as well as advice about other potential drug interactions.
Furthermore, the quality of supplements can have a major impact on the efficacy you will receive from taking them. Therefore, it’s vital that you take high-quality supplements to gain the most benefit. If you’d like to know more about the quality of supplements, you can read more at a previous blog post here: http://www.santewellness.com.au/blog/vitamins-minerals-supplements
Remember, it's not one-size-fits-all, and the beauty of speaking with a qualified practitioner is you receive personalised recommendations, and the highest quality supplements to give you the best treatment outcomes.
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