Omega 3 and depression
I would like to know if any of you have already tried Omega 3 capsules against depression.
If so tell me if it really works.
Because I prefer it over conventional anti-depressants!
Go see the side of St. John’s Wort.
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John’s Wort has practically no contraindication. The only serious contraindication is heart problems that taking St. John’s Wort can increase (palpitations, arrhythmia, etc.) and it is necessary to be very careful when using concurrently with anti-depressants or neuroleptics. Talk to your doctor first in the latter case.
NB: The last study published in 2005 shows that St. John’s Wort is more effective over time than the reference antidepressant, without side effects and with less risk of relapse.
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*) Hypericum perforatum
In Germany, St. John’s Wort is the most widely used antidepressant. Each year, it represents more than half of the six million antidepressants prescribed, all brands combined, in cases of mild or moderate depression. St. John’s Wort is perceived by some practitioners as a product capable of replacing modern antidepressants, often associated with side effects. In the United States and Canada, clinical trials on efficacy and side effects are currently underway.
St. John’s Wort is a perennial plant with yellow flowers appearing in early summer. Its leaves are riddled with translucent spots, which look like tiny holes. Hence its name perforatum (perforation) or pertuis (holes). On the flower, there are small black dots which, when pressed, let a reddish liquid flow. Because the plant blooms around Midsummer’s Day, it is also known as Midsummer Grass (St. John’s Wort). Its many properties, whether they relate to folklore or not, have earned it several other names: devil hunt, fairy weed, burn weed, thousand holes weed … Nowadays, it is mainly the antidepressant effects of St. John’s Wort that commands attention.
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A plant not entirely new
In ancient times, St. John’s Wort was used to heal wounds and ulcers or relieve pain. Even in the Middle Ages, St. John’s Wort was widely used externally as a balm. And it is at this time that we find the first indications as to its effectiveness in treating depression and melancholy. However, it was to fall into oblivion with the advent of modern medicine. It was in Europe, particularly in Germany, that interest in St. John’s Wort began again. So much so that, in 1988, the plant was officially approved there as an antidepressant drug.
The effects of St. John’s Wort
It takes four to eight weeks for St. John’s Wort to work, although it is not yet clear how it works. The main active ingredient is believed to be hypericin, the red pigment contained in the vesicles of the flower. But how does hypericin work? That is the whole question. Several clinical studies indicate that St. John’s Wort appears to be as effective as modern antidepressants available on the market for treating mild to moderate depression. Antidepressants often cause unwanted effects, so much so that some patients prefer to discontinue the medication. With St. John’s Wort, side effects would be virtually zero when consumed according to the usual recommendations, a dose of 300 mg three times a day. VS’is probably what makes its use so interesting.
The pros and cons
In Europe, herbs have long been recognized for their therapeutic effect and several European countries regulate herbal medicines. In Germany, for example, since St. John’s Wort is considered a medicine, its manufacture and labeling follow strict rules. In addition, the consumption of St. John’s Wort is usually done under the supervision of a doctor. This is far from being the case here. Lack of medical follow-up can prevent detection of certain physical illnesses related to depression. However, as St. John’s Wort is not indicated in cases of major depression, it is important to consult a doctor first so that the type of depression (mild or moderate) is clearly diagnosed.
Although it is rare to experience side effects from consuming St. John’s Wort, some people may complain of an upset stomach. This is why we recommend taking it with meals. Some cases of photosensitivity are also reported; it is therefore preferable to avoid the sun during the treatment. In addition, do not take St. John’s Wort at the same time as synthetic antidepressants, and especially not abandon the drugs already prescribed to replace them with St. John’s Wort without first talking to your doctor.
Jean Drouin, md
be careful not to confuse true depression (treated with antidepressants) and depression (or mild or seasonal depression) and do not be treated with conventional antidepressants.
St. John’s Wort is only good for temporary depression, and is not at all effective on true depression. It is even contraindicated for depression for people suffering from bipolar disorders (magnaco-depression) because it can increase the disorders.In addition, it should not be taken at the same time as a classic antidepressant (SSRI).
For true depression, I am interested in a promising plant: griffonia. This plant acts directly on the level of serotonin as do antidepressants. But I haven’t tested it yet.
About omega 3, it can’t hurt as it helps regulate mood. But they are not antidepressants and cannot replace them!
On the other hand, it can be interesting to take omega 3 at the same time as a treatment with anti-depressants.
Long-chain Omega 3 (EPA and DHA not to be confused with all the omega 3 found in vegetable oils, margarines, cheese, milks which are only short-chain Omega 3s which are not those which have is the subject of scientific publications on the subject), those with long chains are effectively effective against depression. They can only be found in fish oils, preferably small fish such as sardines, red mullet (provided they are fresh and eaten undercooked and rather marinated) or in cases of fish oil but a the condition of associating them with digestive plants otherwise it has difficulty in passing to the level of the liver.Fish oil consumed with plants such as basil for example provides the body with Omega 3 which will be well digested and will then be able to be dispatched in the body where it is needed including at the cerebral level