Dietary supplements and mood disorders

In the US and other developed countries, 40% of all disabilities are caused by mental disorders. Interestingly, while the incidence of depression is close to 26% in the US, its is only 4% in China. In addition to other factors, this difference can be attributed to lack of certain nutrients and elements in US diet. Notably, sufficient amounts of essential Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, minerals such as Manganese, Iron, Molybden, and omega-3/DHA are absent in patients suffering from depression. However, people suffering from depression also exhibit decreased mood, reduced emotions, weight gain, memory loss, chronic fatigue and dulled personality, along with decreased energy and lack of motivation and interest.  

Treatment with antidepressants and prescription drugs can cause severe side effects and prevent patients from continuing treatments. Furthermore, some patients simply cannot tolerate these medications.

Herbal factors found in our dietary supplements are a likely alternative to diminish the burden of depression.  Depression has been associated with the lack of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine and GABA. Neurotransmitter are essential elements in brain communication and function. Randomized clinical trials revealed that tyrosine alleviates lack of Dopamine, whereas Tryptophan increases Serotonin level. GABA deficiency can be supplemented with GABA and DHA in diet.

Omega3/DHA helps to maintain and repair neurons. Moreover, it is required for the transmission of neuronal signals to enable emotions, mood, memory and productive thinking. Lack of Omega 3/DHA can be remedied by using dietary supplements with a generous amount of this fatty acid, usually 1-2 grams per day in adults. 

Dietary supplements can provide the essential nutrients lacking in todays diet and remedy depression and other mood disorders.