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est. 19th November 2017 by Umm Faruq



About Depression
The diagnosis of depression includes the presence, for at least 2 weeks, of at least four of the following signs and symptoms:
  • Poor appetite or significant weight loss
  • Either lack of sleep or abnormally long periods of sleep
  • Mental agitation or slowing of mental functioning
  • Loss of interest in usual activities, including sex drive
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness or self-reproach
  • Complaints or evidence of decreased ability to concentrate or think clearly
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or talk of suicide or actual suicide attempts.
  • A severely depressed individual should be under supervision and will need some form of treatment; they cannot just "snap out of it".
  • Depression often occurs with memory loss and irritability, especially in the elderly.

Mild to moderate depression can be addressed with herbal remedies. For example, St. John's wort extract..3oo to 350 mg of a standardized extract 3 times per day. Expect results within 2 to 4 weeks.

Recent studies indicate that St. John's wort may be effective for seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that affects some people during the winter months. The dosage used in the studies is the same as St. John's wort for mild to moderate depression.

Older adults with "resistant" depression may benefit from taking Ginkgo biloba extract 120 to 240mg daily in two to three divided doses.​​

Vegetable Juices, Fruit Juices & Herbs for Depression
Vegetable Juice:
  • Alfalfa
  • All dark leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Dandelion greens
  • Green pepper
  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Spinach

Fruit Juice:
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Lemons
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple

  • Aloe vera
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Garlic
  • Kelp
  • Siberian ginseng
  • Slippery elm
  • Spirulina
  • St. John's wort

  • Baker's and brewer's yeast
  • Caffeine
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate
  • Dairy products
  • Fried foods
  • Junk foods
  • Meat tenderizers
  • Soy sauce
  • Sugar-and all forms of simple carbohydrates
  • Yeast extracts
  • Clinical studies show that B-vitamins aid in all forms of depression.
  • Food allergies and certain drugs have been linked to depression. Leaving out certain foods really helps.
  • Insufficient complex carbohydrates may cause serotonin depletion and depression.
  • Hypoglycemia and thyroid disorders are often causes.
  • Heredity is also a factor.
  • Hormonal imbalances may be behind depression.
  • Melatonin, a helpful brain hormone, is released by bright light and sunlight. Avoid dark rooms.

Mineral & Trace Element Deficiencies or Imbalances Correlated to Depression
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Selium
  • Vanadium
  • Zinc

Conclusion of Research on Black Seed Oil and Psychiatric Illness
N. sativa is known to possess a wide variety of medicinal properties and has been used as a natural remedy for many diseases since ancient times. In the present article [link below] neuropsychiatric effects are reviewed separately for the first time. In many animal experiments and a few clinical trials it was found to be effective in the control of pain, fever, epilepsy, Parkinsonism, anxiety, depression, toxoplasmosis, malaria and in improving memory, mood and feelings of good health. Further basic and clinical investigations are needed to confirm these observations. Isolation of the active principles and preparation of more remedies from their derivatives are, perhaps, the future targets for the development of new drugs for neurological and psychiatric diseases.

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