Nutritional supplements help antidepressants work better. That they have shown to increase the effectiveness of these over-prescribed drugs is excellent, but how and what should you be taking? Fish oil supplements are one answer to that question, but other nutraceuticals were tested as well.
Not to mention the fact… taking these identified as helpful supplments should, logically speaking, help anyone who suffers with low moods whether they are on an antidepressant medication or not.Study shows Omega 3 fish oil had a statistically significant effect over a placebo. Click To Tweet
The fancy word to describe using nutritional supplements as medicine is “nutraceuticals”. The word was coined in the 1990s and is a combination of the Latin term ‘nutrire’ which means ‘to nourish’ and the word pharmaceutical. Fun. I think I’m going to start making up some new words… 🙂
The formal definition of a nutraceutical according to Oxford Dictionaries.com is: “A food containing health-giving additives and having medicinal benefit”.
Whether you want to start down the very danger-laden trail of antidepressant use at all is a separate topic altogether. They do not treat any proven chemical imbalance, are addictive and very harmful with long-term use.
The short-term improvement a patient may feel is primarily a placebo effect.
Related post: Understanding the Placebo Effect of Antidepressants.
Some sufferers or those diagnosed bipolar may feel they have no choice but to take them. Or even be court-ordered to comply with psychiatric treatment or hospitalized.
I get it, I’ve been there.
It can be very time consuming to have to research on your own and costly to implement with a trial and error approach. I did that for many years. I wish I’d had access to a website like this one.
Nutritional Supplements Help Antidepressants Work Better – Study Says
For those who are taking an antidepressant, why would they want to add vitamins to their treatment regimen?
The below is quoted from an April, 2016 Science Daily.com article:
“An international evidence review has found that certain nutritional supplements can increase the effectiveness of antidepressants for people with clinical depression. Omega 3 fish oils, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), methylfolate (bioactive form of folate) and Vitamin D, were all found to boost the effects of medication.”
That is excellent and not very costly to implement. There are many quality salmon oil supplements on the market, and the other vitamins not difficult to obtain either. Shop online for some great deals. I use Iherb.com.
Will You Notice an Immediate Effect or Improvement in Mood When Starting to Take Nutritional Supplements?
Most likely not, as it will take time for the supplements to reach levels in your blood stream and tissue that may affect your moods.
If you are very sensitive in general (allergies, food sensitivities, etc.) you may want to start slowly and let your body adjust to one new nutrient at a time.
The best supplement to try first, especially if you are on a tight budget? Salmon oil.
“The strongest finding from our review was that Omega 3 fish oil — in combination with antidepressants — had a statistically significant effect over a placebo,” Dr Sarris said.
“Many studies have shown Omega 3s are very good for general brain health and improving mood, but this is the first analysis of studies that looks at using them in combination with antidepressant medication.
And if your doctor or therapist tries to discourage you from giving salmon oil a try, as they are uninformed and not up-to-date on research… ignore them.
“Medical practitioners are aware of the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids, but are probably unaware that one can combine them with antidepressant medication for a potentially better outcome,” he said.
Buy it, take it and maybe for the long term think of ways to get off the antidepressant as soon as possible.
Here are some resources if you want to consider tapering off psychotropic medications – with a qualified healthcare practitioners help: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Resources.
To your good mood health, Molly