Need Good Mental Health Vitamins~

Updated on May 03, 2009
N.T. asks from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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HI,
I am looking for a mood enhancer! I have heard St. John's Wort helps mild depression but what are the side effects? Any other good vitamin suggestions for lack of energy & mild unhappiness? Thanks!!!!

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K.C.

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I don't know of any other supplements, but what I DO know, is that St. John's Wart WILL interfere w/the birth control pill, so be careful if you're taking that!

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D.D.

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5HTP it's great 100 mils..i like that combo w/ Chill Pill but i haven't been able to find chill pill so i'll have to order it...i've been using it with L-Theanine
try Wholefoods for these

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I just joined Melaleuca because I wanted to try the vitamins. I heard their absorption was much better than others due to the way they are compounded for release in the body. I did notice they have a mood enhancer. I can put you in touch with a rep if you are interested in learning more.

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K.S.

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Hi N.,

There are two vitamins/supplements that have really helped me boost my mood: getting enough B-vitamins, selenium, and iron in a great multi, and getting enough Omega 3's.

Regarding the multi - I really like SuperNutrition vitamins. These were first introduced to me by a naturopath when I was having similar issues to the ones you mentioned above, and they made a real difference for me. I've been using them for over eight years and am really glad!

Omega 3s are great brain boosters - in fact, clinical studies have shown that 4,000 mg/day of Omega 3s work as well as a low grade anti-depressant. Additionally, what's great for your brain is great for your heart -- and great for your hair, which I totally love -- so the Omega's are a win-win.

However, there are two problems with Omegas 3s that a lot of people run into. The first is that plant-derived Omega-3s are simply not as bio-available as fish-derived Omega 3s, so a lot of people will take flax or something and then get discouraged because they do not notice any difference. For most people to assimilate Omega 3s well, they really need to be animal-derived.

However, this leads to the second problem, which is that many fish and fish-derived products are high in heavy metals like mercury and other contaminents.

That said, supplementing with Omega 3s is great; you just need to find a great brand. I like Nordic Naturals because they are pharmacuetical-grade and 3rd party tested for purity. I'm sure that there are some other great brands out there too, but you just want to make sure the brand is pharmecuetical-grade.

I go through the Vitamin Shoppe to get these because supplements can be expensive! There, you can sign up for a free customer rewards card where you earn points and discounts, they have free shipping options, and, if you go through the web, they're always having sales.

Hope that's helpful!!

K.

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S.H.

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If you think you are having 'real' medical issues and thus 'depression' perhaps get a check up with your Doctor first? sometimes 'moods' are a result of maybe thyroid or hormonal imbalances etc. Or, it's just being drained mentally/emotionally.

or, if you prefer homeopathic alternatives, see a Homeopath Doctor.

It's hard to 'know' what to take, unless you know for certain what is ailing you.

I know for PMS, Primrose Oil tabs are supposed to help.
Or, there are homeopathic tabs you can take... if you look in a natural food store, there are literally TONS of different kinds, for all kinds of ailments.

I heard that St.Johns Wort has side effects. But I'm no expert, so don't quote me. AND, if these things are used in conjunction with any undiagnosed underlying medical problems, it can make it worse possibly.

Or, exercise is also great for improving 'moods' too, and for helping one sleep better.

No matter what, research what you plan to take, and the dosage. But don't take things willy-nilly.

All the best, take care,
Susan

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L.F.

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N., I highly recommend contacting Dr. Anita Pepi who is truly an amazing Chiropractor and Nutritionist and would definitely be able to help you naturally. She is my nutritionist, and I love her. In fact, I think she is the best of the best! A lil' pricey but worth it!

Here's her data:

2950 Los Feliz Blvd. Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 666~1088
http://www.drpepi.com

If she is too far for you, please let me know as I may know of an incredible nutritionist that is closer.

Please free to contact me at: (323) 906~2784 or via e~mail me at [email protected]____.com if you have any questions.

I'd love to help however I can.

LOL (Lots Of Love),
L. (MAMA to 17 month old Dylan Orion....29 September 2007).

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H.S.

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Good for you not taking chemical based anti-depressants, ie Prozac!

1. Ginger has a long folk history of use for treating anxiety and depression. Look up recipes for making ginger tea or home-made ginger ale.

2. Purslane - health food stores and speciality markets may carry it but you may have to wait until about April or May to see it. Purslane is rich in magnesium and potassium and has been shown to have anti-depressant effects. It has lots of other constituents with antidepressant value.

In fact, there is such a thing as an anti-sad salad, which consists of lettuce, pigweed (amaranth), lambs quarter and watercress.

3. Rosemary essential oil is favored in aromatherapy for treating depression. This is for external use only

4. Foods rich in B vitamins can help.

Finally, this is not something to cure with a pill. Try to get some kind of outdoor exercise you enjoy - ie walk with an ipod, jump rope, roller skate, take up line dance or add something even more fun that appeals to you!

Also it would be nice for you to make it a goal to try to actually talk with 3 friends each day, even if it's only for 5 minutes. Sometimes depression is just from feeling isolated and reconnecting with other humans is a great help.

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F.H.

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A great friend of mine has an amazon herb business with awesome products. I think she'll have exactly what you're lookin for. Check out www.organicvibes.amazonherb.net. I love the chocamaca balls!!

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H.A.

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I'm with prev. post, rule out medical issues first. After/during that, make sure you are well hydrated, adequate sleep, taking a good multi-vitamin and going for a 30-minute (or 3, 10-minute) walk a day - outside in the sun and fresh air. Good luck to you!

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E.P.

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I agree with the Vitamin B! I used to be on anti depressants but got so tired of all the side affects. I eventually stopped taking them and started taking Vitamin B complex and found that it worked for me. Now I don't scream at my son anymore and don't ball my eyes out at everything. I even sleep better at night. I also started Tae Kwon Do and I am 47 this month. The physical activity helped with my energy and so did the Vitamin B complex. It comes in 50 or 100.

Best of luck to you! PS I tried St. Johns Wort too and it is an herbal supplement that doesn't have as much track record or research as a vitamin supplement. I found it didn't work for me. But we are all different. Remember to check with your doctor and pharmacist before you start taking any supplements as they may interfere with any medical conditions or medications or even other foods.

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R.P.

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Exercise does it for me. I can start to feel down when sitting at home with my little one. A trip to the gym for a vigorous workout and a quiet shower will perk my mood right up. It only lasts for the rest of the day so repeat as necessary. I disagree with anyone who says they can't afford it...you don't need to tell me about being poor (my hubby is a grad student). What do you pay per month for cable, a high cell phone bill, eating out, going to the movies, and other luxuries? I think exercise should be up there with food, clothing and shelter as we all need stable mental health to live a happy life. I hope you will consider it...I don't know how I would survive without it.
Good luck!

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N.T.

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Two supplements I have taken for mood and energy are: a B vitamin complex and SAM-e, both of which I bought at Target. The B-vitamins for energy, and the SAM-e for mood (though it is supposed to help with some other things like joints.) The only side effects are with the B-vitamins - it turns my pee yellow. :)

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S.F.

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N.! YES, I do!

I had nearly given up on vitamins but was very into supplements. Still needy of energy and had depression dips and anxiety swings on a regular basis.

I was able to find a high potency multivitamin and mineral complex that breaks down AND absorbs in the body.

The problem with many vitamins is that they pass through the body before having a real chance to break down...and we end up getting very little if any actual absorbancy.

WE ARE WHAT WE ABSORB. GOOD AND BAD.

I have bounced back and have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

I would LOVE to share with you what I use. See me please.

THERE IS HOPE...

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi N.,

This is J. again. I also responded to your skincare question. I work in the anti-aging / skincare industry and wanted to reply to your mood enhancer / vitamin question as well.

I distribute for a company called Pharmanex, which has natural products created, refined, and substantiated through a scientific pharmaceutical approach. There's amazing supplements called LifePak Nano, that uses patented nano technology to make sure that your body is absorbing the vitamins & minerals. For more info, go to http://www.J..lifepaknano.com

There's also the G3 super juice that gives you energy without caffeine. G3™ is a nutrient-rich juice from the prized gac "superfruit" of southern Asia, whose nutritional benefits have been scientifically demonstrated to protect cells. Among gac's potent phytonutrients are a unique and highly-bioavailable form of carotenoids called "lipocarotenes™" that provide powerful antioxidant protection while supporting healthy immune function.

And both the LifePak Nano supplements and the G3 superjuice have a money back guarantee!

If you have any questios, please contact me at [email protected]____.com or ###-###-####

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B.L.

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St. John's Wort does work very well (it takes a few weeks to see benefit), but should be alternated with something else in the hot summer months because it can cause sun sensitivity. It also is incompatible with about 50 Rx drugs because it interferes with their action by pulling it out of the body quicker, because it is perceived as a 'poison", (which it is). So you have to google that list and make sure you are not taking or going to be taking any of them. Off the top of my head I remember that Tegretol is one of them, it is used for Seizures, and also for behavior problems in children. But, make sure your diet is good, too, you can't feel good if you are eating junk. Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and only small portions of meat (6oz, about the size of a cassette tape) (NOT a video cassette!) and starches. And your brain needs B vitamins to feel good and work well. Talk to a knowlegeable health food store clerk and ask for a women's fromula that includes a balanced portion of increase B vitamins, Essential Fatty Acids, etc. They will know. You could try a colon cleanse product first (usually two bottles, an herb one and a fiber one that you take til they are gone. Then start your good vitamins, take a short walk every day, get enough sleep, and see if you need the St. John's Wort. I always keep it on hand, I have a very stressful life and "haven't got time for the pain". I take it for a month or so if I start feeling blue. That's the nice thing about natural remedies, you don't have to take them continuously like a drug and they are easier to get off of. For alternatives to St. John's Wort, look in Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Balch and Balch. A good health food store will have it and I have seen it at Costco sometimes, too. Feel good! B.

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R.B.

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Hi-- supposedly 5-HTP which raises the seratonin level is very natural and safe-- research it, hope it helps

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K.H.

answers from San Diego on

Hey N.

Do yourself a huge favor and get some homeopathic energy spray (goes in your mouth). It is amazing. Go to Lifewave.com/kherihealth or call me and I will get you some. ###-###-#### . A little bit goes a long way. If you don't like it, you get your money back, but you will love it!!! Also Lifewave has glutathione patches (master antioxidant) and homeopathic spray. Your glutatione level is raised by 300% which is truly awesome. People with depression/bipolar or even autism do extremely well with the patches. Just do it.

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M.M.

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It's awesome that you are exploring natural suppliments for the blues. I am so glad you are not taking harmful medication. Great job, mommy!

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D.G.

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Hi N.,

First and foremost. I am distributor for Monavie. Now here is why I became a distributor and believe in this product. I had major depression along with about 10 other major problems with my body due to a hormonal imbalance from having my tubes tied. Its called Post tubal ligation syndrome. The only way to fix the problem was to have my tubes put back together which cost me 7 grand because insurance does not cover it. The depression was so bad I yelled at my kids for the smallest reasons which to me was the worst part of my problem. My marriage was a mess and holding on by a string. So I had the surgery done and my body began to get back to normal. I heard that the Acai berry helps with depression and stress. That's when my friend who is also named N. but from New Zealand introduced me to a drink called Monavie. What I noticed in only a few days of drinking it was that it relaxed me and I felt less stressed and depressed. I stopped yelling at my girls for small reasons. The purple juice in a wine bottle really helped me become myself again.

So bottom line, I know what you are going through although I do not know your situation. I went through depression and had terrible health problems on top of that. Monavie has helped me feel and look normal again. I do not know where you live but I would be glad to share two things with you. A HUG and a bottle on Monavie on me and I will drive to you. Feel free to contact me. You can check out my website and read about it. www.mymonavie.com/DebraGainor or call me at ###-###-####. Also as you can tell I am not one to beat around the bush. If you like the product you can get it at wholesale with free membership (similar to a costco card) the entire month of March so ignore the retail price on my website.

Take care, sleep well and I look forward to giving you a bottle to try for week or two.

Much love,
D.

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J.H.

answers from San Diego on

Hi N.,
It sounds like you have your hands full! Just wanted to let you know my husband has found the vitamin: B complex to help his depression. It is worth a try, we buy it from a company called GNLD. (www.GNLD.com) Best of luck to you. Don't forget that exercise gets those natural endorphins going.

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M.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

St John's Wort does not have any side effects,it's an herb,herbs and natural supplements don't have side effects,only drugs do.
The other good one is SAME.
M..

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J.W.

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Nutrilite Double X vitamins and Rhodiola. This combo is my life saver!! Rhodiola has been used for centuries as a mood modulator and an energy source. www.we-us.mychoices.biz to order. Email if you need any help, they have a money back guarantee also!

They are organic and grown by the Nutrilite company. THey go from field to bottle in the same day and are the best selling vitamins in the world. This is the company that made the very first vitamins!! The story of Carl Rhenborg is amazing. You can even go to the plant and take a tour!!

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L.D.

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I know that you asked about vitamin suggestions but I did want to throw out there that yoga and meditation have really done a lot to help stabilize my mood and lift my spirit. When doing meditation, just focus on breathing in and out to the count of 10 and realize that 3 minutes of meditation is just as effective as 13 minutes, 23 minutes, 33 minutes and so on, so just do what you can but always try to do at least 3 minutes. I also take a vegetarian time-released B12 vitamin, Nordic Naturals Omega 3-6-9, and Women's Formula multi-vitamin that I get at Whole Foods and I believe that these help me feel a whole lot better and a whole lot less tired as well.

Hope this helps. Wishing you all the best.

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T.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

I am experiencing good results with some vitamins I've been taking. They are pricier than walmart brand, but considerably more effective as well. The research and all behind them is well done, but a little complicated. If you would like to learn/hear more, just email me at [email protected]____.com RE:vitamins/supplements

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K.C.

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Hi N.,

I have alot of information on this subject!
You can contact me:
[email protected]____.com
I'd love to give you some ideas.
Be well!
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