Depression is ‘a serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way’. It is unfortunately more common than most people think. In the past few years, it has become an even more common occurrence.
The best thing to do when you notice you might be depressed is to immediately seek professional help and confide in trusted friends and family members. However, research has shown that some vitamins can help with depression. These vitamins play an important role in helping the brain produce enough of vital chemicals that might be lacking. They do not completely cure depression, it is still advisable to seek professional help, but they definitely make your days better.
Some of the vitamins that do this are:
1. Vitamin B-12
Vitamin B-12: crucial in combating symptoms like fatigue, food that contain high content of vitamin B-12 include fish, eggs, milk etc.
2. Vitamin B-3
Vitamin B-3 (niacin): this helps produce serotonin which helps brain cells to communicate. Low levels of serotonin can result in bad moods which is a common symptom of depression. Good source of niacin or B-3 is a liver, else yeast, meat, legumes and etc.
3. Vitamin B-9
Vitamin B-9: also known as folic acid, vitamin b-9 helps with the synthesis of serotonin which in turn helps to improve mood.
Theanine: this is an amino acid that is commonly found in green tea. It triggers gamma-amino butyric acid which releases calming neurotransmitters in the brain and will help you to feel relaxed and less anxious.
5. Omega 3
Omega-3 fatty acids: A deficit in omega-3 will result in your brain not transmitting nerve signals properly which can result in a feeling of depression. Natural sources of omega-3 include fatty fish and seeds and nuts.
It is important to remember that these are not a cure for depression and they should be taken in reasonable amounts, in conjunction with professional help.
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