The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 350 million people worldwide have it, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of every 10 Americans is suffering from depression.
And although some people are helped by therapy and/or medications, there are many others that continue to suffer despite these measures.
It’s easy to see why.
Because one thing that frequently gets overlooked in the treatment of depression is NUTRITION!
Your brain absolutely MUST receive the nutrients it needs to function properly, and all the Prozac, Lexapro, Wellbutrin and Zoloft in the world will cannot change that.
Here are the three types of key nutrients for tip-top brain functioning and alleviation of depression:
1- B vitamins
B vitamins are essential to mental health, and without them your brain can actually produce chemicals that make you feel out of your mind!
Lacking in B vitamins can lead to a whole series of disturbing symptoms including:
- Feeling unreal or disconnected
- Hearing your own thoughts
- Anxiety and inner tension
- Suspicious of people
- Inability to think straight
- Frequent mood swings
- Seeing or hearing things abnormally
- Having delusions or illusions
2- Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Omega-3 EFAs are crucial for proper brain functioning, most significantly Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
3- Vitamin D
Studies have shown that people with low vitamin D levels are more prone to depression.
Turn it around!
When you take a look at the possible nutritional factors behind depression that may be affecting you and address them, you can start to feel tremendous relief!
Here are some top-quality products that can help address your mental health nutritional needs:
The superstar—Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is vital for proper brain function, but there’s a catch—its absorption through your digestive tract can vary because it depends upon your stomach’s ability to produce enough acid and a compound called intrinsic factor which is necessary for the B12 to be absorbed.
That’s why B12 shots have been recommended so often in the past—because the B12 is injected directly into the bloodstream and bypasses the GI tract.
But another option is gaining popularity because of its relatively low cost and convenience of use—vitamin B12 sprays!
With a B12 spray, just like an injection, you are able to bypass the GI tract issues since the B12 can instead be absorbed through the mucus membranes under your tongue.
To ensure you have the levels of this brain-loving nutrient you need, look no farther than Hydroxaden 2.5 B12 spray!
Hydroxaden 2.5 is a vitamin B12 spray that you simply spritz right under your tongue once each day. From there it can be quickly absorbed and get to work helping you to feel better!
And now is the perfect time to embrace the power of B12 because right now Hydroxaden 2.5 is being offered at a special discount of $5 off per bottle!
Other B Vitamins and then some!
Dr. Salerno’s Emotional Aide Factor with Cocoa is your ticket for addressing deficiencies in B vitamins and minerals!
Emotional Aide Factor with Cocoa contains a variety of B vitamins (including B1, B6 and folic acid) PLUS these mental health supportive nutrients and herbs:
- Zinc: Acute deficiencies of zinc can trigger depression.
- Manganese: Manganese is essential for your body to properly use B-complex vitamins.
- Glutamine: L-glutamine helps stabilize your mental functioning.
- L-methionine: L-methionine is an amino acid that has been shown to have antidepressant properties.
- Trimethylglycine: Trimethylglycine (TMG) increases the body’s natural production of SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine), which can help reduce depression.
- N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine: Tyrosine is an amino acid precursor of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which can help improve your mood.
- Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE): DMAE is an amino acid that is a building block of acetylcholine--a neurotransmitter that supports proper functioning of the brain and the nervous system.
- Cocoa: Cocoa is being increasingly recognized for its anti-depressive and anti-oxidant properties.
- St. John’s Wort: Research suggests that St. John's Wort is more effective than placebo and equally as effective as SSRIs in the short-term for mild-to-moderate depression.
- Pregnenolone: Pregnenolone is an important natural neurotransmitter which works to elevate mood and improve memory.
Because of our heavy reliance on processed/fast foods, plus vegetable oils, farm-raised fish and meat from grain-fed animals, many people are lacking the Omega-3 EFAs their minds so desperately need.
And we have the depression rates to prove it!
That's why supplementation with a high quality Omega-3 fish oil formula like VitalMega-3 can make such a difference in your mental AND physical health.
VitalMega-3 is a top-quality fish oil formula that delivers 1,200 mg of Omega-3s in every daily two-capsule serving, including 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg of DHA—the two fatty acids that are especially important to your brain.
Vitamin D with the added benefit of vitamin K
Dr. Salerno’s Vitamin D-K Factor is a winner when it comes to making sure your vitamin D needs are met.
Each daily dose provides 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 (which is the preferred, natural form of vitamin D).
In addition, Vitamin D-K Factor also provides 45 mcg of vitamin K (in the form of K2).
Although best known for its role in promoting proper blood coagulation (clotting), studies have shown that low levels of vitamin K may adversely affect behavior.
Wait, there’s more—you need the proper gut environment too!
Having an unhealthy gut environment can contribute to depression in two ways:
1- Most of your body’s serotonin is produced in your intestinal tract, so if it’s unhealthy down there, that can affect your levels of this important feel-good neurotransmitter.
2- When your gut is overrun with harmful bacteria, it can affect your absorption of nutrients (and thus cause deficiencies in brain-supportive nutrients).
When it comes to encouraging a healthy gut flora balance, although fermented foods can help, probiotic supplementation is your ticket to making sure that your population of friendly inhabitants is where it needs to be.
And Super Shield probiotic formula is just the supplement that’s up to this important challenge.
Super Shield’s 13 strains of feisty, robust bacteria are ready to take their place along your intestinal wall, fight off and crowd out dangerous pathogens, help encourage better digestion and nutrient absorption and boost your immune system functioning.
If you suffer from depression, see what a difference it can make when you take the bull by the horns and correct any possible underlying nutritional deficiencies and gut problems with safe, natural measures.
To your health,
PS: I’m pleased to announce that we will soon be offering our own unique Blue Rock Holistics multi-vitamin formula called “Super Core!” I will keep you posted on the production progress and will advise when it will become available!