If you have problems with depression, anxiety, feeling down and stressed out there are several things that might help you. Natural medicine has a lot to offer and is well proven. The Gut-Brain Connection, the gut-brain-axis should also be taken into account. As a Christian my best advice is to give your life to Jesus Christ.
By Carl Grinde | January 4 2019
Updated May 25 2023
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This page focuses mostly on how to counteract and cure depression, anxiety and stress with dietary supplements. This may not be able to fix everything because the mental and spiritual aspects of depression is often very large. Good treatments and natural supplements are listed on this page such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, Lithium Orotate, Tryptophan, Magnolia bark, St John's wort, Saffron, L-theanine, 5-HTP, Magnesium, Vitamin B12, Valerian root, Matcha, Candida diet and Herbal tea. Prescribed medicines with serious harmful side effects are mentioned at the very bottom of this page. I have often been depressed in my life and I have also been addicted to sugar, sweets and junk food. If you have bad eating habits and eat a lot of sugar you destroy your intestines. You get a yeast overgrowth in your stomach. It's also called Candida infection or Candidasis. This bacterial imbalance affects the mind negatively. If you are addicted to sugar you are probably also often very tired and decrepit. Make changes in your diet and the tiredness will disappear. Stop eating sugar. If you eat a consciously varied diet you will get the nutrients you need through the food. Then you can compensate with a few dietary supplements.
Spirituality and Christian faith
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Serotonin and tryptophan essential for wellbeing
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain. It contributes to wellbeing and happiness and has various funtions in the body.
Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin and the hormone melatonin that regulates sleep. Eat foods with tryptophan and the body gets building blocks to create serotonin. Parmesan cheese, Tahnini (Sesame seed paste), Soy, turkey, chicken and pumpkin seeds contain a lot of tryptophan.
tryptophan rich foods
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Tryptophan content per 100gr
Seaweed Spirulina: 929mg (96mg according to tools.myfooddata.com)
Parmesan cheese 570mg - 482mg
Pumpkin Seeds 430 to 576 mg
Sesame seeds, Tahini 371 - 470mg
Soybeans dried 410mg - Boiled Soybeans (Edamame) 242mg
Lean Chicken & Turkey 404mg
Beef 374 mg
Lean Pork Chops 369mg
Cheese (28% fat) 360mg
Kidney beans 330mg
Cheese, Brie, Goat, Cheddar 322-320mg
Peanuts, roasted salted 320mg
Firm Tofu 235 mg
Salmon 190 - 335mg
Magnolia bark is Anti-inflammatory. It relieves stress and anxiety, it improves sleep, improves symptoms of menopause. It has almost no side effects at all.
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St John's wort
St John's wort is a good medicine for anxiety and depression. You can eat capsules or drink herb tea with it. It's really effective.
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Lithium Orotate consists of orotic acid and Lithium and is able to cross the blood-brain barrier very effectively, it's available over the counter. It's a good treatment for mood disorders, hyperactivity, anxiety, panic attacks, behavioral health issues such as bipolar disorder and treatment-resistant depression with suicidal thinking.
Lithium is present in the diet, mainly in grains and vegetables.
"Using data for 27 Texas counties from 1978-1987, it is shown that the incidence rates of suicide, homicide, and rape are significantly higher in counties whose drinking water supplies contain little or no lithium than in counties with water lithium levels ranging from 70-170 micrograms/L."
Lithium orotate treatment should be around 5 mg to 20 mg per day. Some recommend starting with 5 mg and then step up to 20 mg. But perhaps 5 mg is enough? Treatment with Lithium orotate is likely to avoid all the negative side effects that comes with traditional Lithium treatment that ranges between 300 mg, 600 mg or 1200 mg per day.
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TMS - transcranial magnetic stimulation
Magnetic stimulation of the brain can cure depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. The technique is called tms - transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS treatment has few and mild side effects. This seems to be the future of psychiatry and something that can help many.
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Saffron has a well-documented antidepressant effect
Saffron is a good and safe treatment for depression and mental illness. It also has many other medicinal uses.
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract - Brain Connection. Candidiasis/Candida fungal infection of the gut causes depression.
Dysbiosis - gastrointestinal disharmony and mental illness
Dysbiosis is imbalance of the bacteria in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract — bacterial disharmony in your stomach and intestines. Dysbiosis is something you should avoid.
"Dysbiosis and inflammation of the gut have been linked to causing several mental illnesses including anxiety and depression"
gastro-intestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and mental health
"There is compelling evidence that most organic human diseases also have psychiatric component. This is especially common in gastro-intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease. Altered intestinal microbiota, i.e., dysbiosis has been found to be strongly associated with these conditions. In the light of research on human microbiome, it is now possible to explain the significance of gut microbial consortia in mental health. Among numerous commensal gut microbes, Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces exert beneficial health effects by restoring the balance of gut flora."
IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO linked to depression psychological disorders
Candida fungal infection
Candida fungal infection is about getting the wrong bacterial balance in the stomach, mainly due to bad eating habits. You can also get a candida infection if you have taken antibiotics or have been drinking to much alcohol. Kissing can also transmit candida infection. Signs of candida infection are constant fatigue, mood swings, sugar cravings, acid reflux, white coating on the tongue, stomach and bowel problems, fungus in the vagina, rectal itching.
Tips of how to cure stomach problems like sibo and Candida yeast infection with a healthy diet.
Foods to eat and foods to avoid if you have candida yeast infection
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Fermented foods - medicine for the stomach
5 remedies against anxiety and depression
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Herbs for anxiety and depression
Vitamin B12 for a healthy mind
Vitamin B-12 deficiency can create depression. Good sources of Vitamin B12 are Beef Liver, Sardines, eggs, Spirulina, Aloevera
vegan sources of Vitamin B12
Jarrow Formula vitamin B12
Blackmores vitamin B12
sources of vitamin B12
5-HTP is the precursor of serotonin. Serotonin is a "feel good" chemical, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Try 5-HTP, it's a good thing. It works.
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Natural 5-HTP from Griffonia Simplicifolia extract
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Passion flower dietary supplement
Passion flower is a very good medicine for depression and anxiety. It also improves sleep.
"Passionflower has the potential to alleviate some symptoms of neuropsychiatric origin. No adverse effects, including memory loss or collapse of psychometric functions, have been linked to passionflower administration. The anti-anxiety effect of Passiflora incarnata is comparable to drugs such as oxazepam or midazolam. Consequently, it seems to be an effective and safe pharmaceutical to reduce stress reactivity, insomnia, anxiety, and depression-like behaviors."
Passion flower dietary supplement
Lion's mane is a mushroom that is also called hedgehog mushroom. It is anti-oxidative, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory. It improves nerve growth both in the brain and throughout the body.
Lion's mane has a potential role as a complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of depression according to scientific studies.
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Magnesium - a medicine for depression
Magnesium has 800 different functions in our bodies. It's an essential mineral and very good for mental health. It's also good against stiffness and pain. Try it.
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Here are some good sources of magnesium.
Valerian root for inner peace and good sleep
Valerian root is good for the mind. A combination therapy with St John's wort is very effective against anxiety.
Thorne Research - L-Tyrosine - Amino Acid Supplement (amazon.com)
LES Labs Mood Boost (amazon.com)
Enlifta Mood elevator (amazon.com)
antidepressant supplement Solgar
Green tea or herbal tea is fantastic and healing for both body and mind. Pick the herbs yourself in the forest, garden and make your own green tea. Or buy it. There are many herbs to choose from. Since herbs are so effective they are a serious threat to big pharmaceutical corporations and their products. That is why there is so much negative information about medical herbs. They say things like: "study not proven" or "not scientifically proven" or "dangerous" etc. Search information yourself.
St John's wort tea
https://niftybenefits.com Tulsi tea/ Holy basil
Matcha green tea
gyokuro green tea
green tea Fukamushi Sencha
Tulsi tea/ Holy basil
tea for depression
Linden tea, linden flower tea
Linden tea, linden flower tea has many helth effects. It lowers blood preassure, relieves stress and anxiety, improves sleep. It is antispasmodic – eases muscle cramping, vasodilator – helps to dilate blood vessels, rich in antioxidants.
Linden Flower with Hawthorn and Lemon Balm Tea (amazon.com)
Linden Flowe tea (amazon.com)
Linden (Tilia x Europaea) Flower Liquid Extract
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linden flower tea
Arctic root Rhodiola Rosea
Arctic root or Rhodiola Rosea is a good antidepressant that promotes sleep.
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Acorus Calamus, Vacha, Sweet Flag for depression
Calamus root cold brewed tea makes you feel good. I have tried it. It brightens up the mind. The herb is very strong so it should be taken with moderation. Don't make the tea to strong and don't drink too much. 6 teaspoons Calamus tea per day is maximum. To be taken with meals, before and after. Due to lack of scientific studies, pregnant women should not take Calamus.
Acorus Calamus depression
Acorus gramineus, Sweet flag/Shichangpu
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Prescribed medicines - WARNING!
Prescribed medicines with serious side effects
Some common side effects of prescribed medicines are: headaches, dry mouth, digestive issues, upset stomach, nausea, constipation, trouble sleeping and memory problems etc.
Antidepressant medications can cause suicide
Antidepressant medications are often full of toxic chemicals. This harms the nerves, brain and increases the risc of suicide.
My advice: go for a natural medicine if possible.
"The previous assumptions that treatment with antidepressants would lead to a drastic reduction in suicide rates, are incorrect for the population of young women. On the contrary, it was found that an increasing tendency of completed suicides follow the increased prescription of antidepressants"
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) side effects
Possible side effects of SSRIs may include, among others:
Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
Sexual problems, such as reduced sexual desire or difficulty reaching orgasm or inability to maintain an erection (erectile dysfunction)