10+ Natural Antidepressants That You May Not Know About

Depression affects over 16 million people in the United States alone, and it’s one of the biggest causes of disability. (Yeung et al., 2018) Most people are unaware that having no desire to do things you used to do or having a lack of energy can result from depression. 

Mood swings – General Discontent – Agitation – Irritability – Social Isolation – Excess Sleepiness – Excess Hunger – Fatigue – Lack of Concentration – Thoughts of Suicide

Some Symptoms of Depression:

Some Examples of Natural Antidepressants:

1. Exercise 2. Sunshine 3. Lavender 4. Passionflower 5. Saffron 6. Fish Oil 7. Vitamin D 8. L-Glutamine 9. Rhodiola Rosea 10. Prebiotics and Probiotics 11. Inositol 12. Magnesium

Antidepressants work by modulating neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Antidepressants reduce feelings of depression; however, they often come with the risk of many different side effects such as insomnia, agitation, shakiness, anxiety, etc.

How Do Antidepressants Work?

15 Natural Antidepressants

1. Exercise Exercise is not something you can take, but it is an underrated natural antidepressant. Research shows it is as effective as antidepressant medication combined with psychotherapy.

2. Sunshine

The sun is an excellent source of white light which can help reduce symptoms of depression. A study showed that individuals given white light therapy for 4-6 weeks had lower depression scores.

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