Understanding Major Depression And Suicide
@cheshire-cat, I know in many cases an anti-depressant could be the difference between life and death for a depressed person. Obviously there are side effects to most of those. But sometimes you need that pharma help. I tried an anti-depressant and did not tolerate it well. I ended up working with my naturopath to find some natural ways to restore my brain chemicals and it has worked pretty good.
But adding GAMA producing foods is a way to better things. Here are some diet tips on foods that naturally produce GABA:
Feel good GABA-producing foods include:
- Tree nuts
- Beef Liver
- Brown Rice
- Oats, whole grain
- Oranges, citrus fruits
- Rice bran
Whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran
As noted, the tricky thing about supplementing GABA is to find products that are formulated so that they can cross the blood brain barrier. Here are three that you can buy without prescription that work really well to calm your mind and body:
Deproloft: This is a natural anti-depressant that you can buy on Amazon and other places without prescription. After trying out a pharmaceutical anti-depressant and hating it, I have been on this for 2 years. I take 2 a day. My doctor recommended 4 a day but I found that it made me too sleepy so I cut it back to 2 a day. This has been a game changer for balancing my mood and for getting my mind right. My empath teenage son is also on this and it has worked wonders for him as well.
Tranquility: I am stable enough now that I rarely take this. But I used to take one in the morning and one in the afternoon and it did a great job mellowing out my anxiety. It makes me feel calm like after a glass of wine feeling. I now only take one when I have a bad day.
Sleep Easy: I still take one of these supplements most nights. It not only does a great job helping me sleep, but I wake up feeling balanced and rested.
*While all of the above are helpful in the short run, you will see much larger improvements after 2-4 weeks of taking them daily.
*I wanted to note that since I am not a doctor that the above are just examples of what I have taken under a doctor’s care to calm my mind and boost my GABA levels. If anyone is interested in trying these out they should seek the advice of a naturopathic doctor before taking any supplements.
@cheshire-cat, I see that you are not a fan of Passion Flower. The Sleep Easy product has 100 mg of Passion Flower in it. That’s a small amount and I have not had any issue with it. But thanks for pointing out your concerns. I think you also told me previously that an ingredient in the Deproloft raised your blood pressure? I have not had any negative side effects at all from the above supplements. But it is always wise to run these by a doctor first.