In the second part in a series on fighting depression, we are going to take a look at vitamin alternatives to prescription drugs that can help remedy depression. Often times, being depressed for no apparent reason is actually your brain trying to tell you that it is deficient in certain vitamins and nutrients that you are not getting through your diet (rarely will your body tell you that it is deficient in Prozac, so don't be fooled).
B Vitamin Deficiencies
B Vitamins are naturally found in whole, unprocessed foods. That being the case, you can see where many people now days are probably deficient. Common names for your B-Vitamins are thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folic acid, and cobalamin. If you are suffering from mood problems, insomnia, or depression, Vitamin B deficiency could be to blame. A lot of people find that taking a daily B Complex vitamin improved both their mood and general well being. Nature Made Super B Complex Tablets, Value Size, 360 Count
Vitamin C Deficiencies
Basically, Vitamin C is the god vitamin, and everyone should get to know this vitamin a little better. If you haven't yet, read our article on the benefits of Vitamin C. Here is something you need to know. The 'recommended daily amounts' of Vitamin C are basically set at the bare minimum required to avoid contracting scurvy. So even if you think you are getting '100% of your daily intake,' you probably still are Vitamin C deficient. Like B Vitamin deficiencies, Vitamin C deficiencies also can cause symptoms of depression. Another benefit of Vitamin C supplementation is that it will bolster your immune system. NOW Foods Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release with Rose Hips, 250 Tablets
Sadly, the modern diet leaves mineral deficiencies all too common these days, and many of these deficiencies lead to depression and other symptoms. Luckily, most essential minerals are found in your standard multi-vitamin supplements. Taking one multi per day in conjunction with addition B and C supplementation can go a long way to improving your mental health. Kirkland Signature Daily Multi Vitamins & Minerals Tablets, 500-Count Bottle
Bonus - Happiness in a Bottle
One final supplement that can go a long way in improving your mood is the amino acid called L-Tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential ammino acid largly found in meats and other animal products. Supplementing tryptophan will not only improve your mood, but also help you sleep better at night. It is by far one of the best remedies you can get (in pill form) for the blues. NOW Foods L-Tryptophan 500mg, 120 Vcaps
In conclusion, for severe cases of depression, you should probably seek professional help. But all too often the medical establishment likes to simply hook you with prescription drugs, usually turning you into a life long drug addict. Before it gets that far, you owe it to yourself to try more natural supplementation first, as they can often yield the same results without the harmful dependency side effects.