Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Natural Antidepressants

Low levels of vitamin D are common and there is growing evidence linking vitamin D deficiency to depression. Vitamin D modulates immune responses to infection, including reducing inflammatory markers that are associated with depression. People with vitamin D deficiency had an 85 percent increased risk of depression. Vitamin D deficiency has long been associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Adequate levels of vitamin D are also important for good mental health. A good doctor will order blood work to see if a patient is low on vitamin D before sending him off with a prescription for Prozac. Antidepressants SSRIs are anti-inflammatory, which would explain their mechanism of action if inflammation is a primary driver of depression.

Antidepressants can sometimes cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects, including:
  • nausea
  • increased appetite and weight gain
  • fatigue and drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • agitation
  • irritability
  • anxiety

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