Dr Oz: Depression Natural Cures
In this segment, Dr Oz introduced Pina Loguidice, ND—The Co Medical Director of Innersource Natural Health. According to Pina, the best cures come from nature, which can be powerful mood boosters. She stated that she prescribed natural remedies often to her patients. First, she looked at a patient’s diet and exercise plan and then looked for the type of medications they were already taking. All of these factors helped her make a decision as to which natural product she should prescribe.
Dr Oz: St John’s Wort for Depression
St. John’s Wort worked as an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor). This medication can elevate your mood. St. John’s Wort is antiviral. Complications: St. John’s Wort takes 6 weeks to be effective. It also has a laundry list of drug interactions. Women who take birth control should be cautious because St. John’s Wort renders the bc pill ineffective. (Talk about your depression!) Take 900 mg for 6 weeks. Purchase St. John’s Wort for $6 per bottle at any health food store.
Dr Oz: SAMe Mood Booster
SAMe, another mood booster, works in days. Dr Oz stated that he loved this product because it does not have a drug/drug interaction. Start with 200 mg per day and ramp up to 400 mg per day. The cost is approximately $25 at health food stores.
Dr Oz: 5 Hydroxytryptophan 5HTP
Best Amino Acid To Boost Your Mood:
5 Hydroxytryptophan (5htp). Take 100 mg 3xs per day and then increase to 200mg 3xs per day. It is suggested to take this product with carbs.
Dr Oz: Saffron for Depression
Best Spice To Boost Your Mood:
Saffron helps with digestive inflammation. (Yes, this is the cooking spice.) You can purchase this item for $50. Take the recommended dose, twice daily.
Pina stated that depression was individualized and that should be taken into account. St. John’s Wort was an option for low-grade depression and SAMe was an option for those with moderate depression. 5HTP worked great for depression as well as anxiety and even helped with insomnia. Saffron was a natural remedy that worked well for digestive issues too.