What supplements are best for mental health?
Mental health is a complex issue that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. While therapy and medication are often used to treat mental health issues, many people are turning to natural supplements as an add-on complementary option to help maximize the benefits of the medication that they are taking.
If you're struggling with mental health issues or simply want to support your brain health, supplements can be an effective and natural way to do so. We recommend that you discuss all of your options, including the integrative and complementary approach with your practitioner before making any changes on your own.
Here are some supplements that you may want to consider:
Omega-3 fatty acids: Found in fish, nuts, olive oil - and nuts, and also as supplements, Omega-3 are essential fats that are crucial for brain function and mental health. Studies have found that omega-3s may help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD, as well as improve memory and brain function.
B vitamins: They include vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid, and play an important role in brain function and mental health. The b vitamins play a major role in the production of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that transmit signals in the brain. Low levels of these vitamins have been linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
Vitamin D: Essential for strong bones, skin and hair health, vitamin D may also play a role in mental health. Studies have found that people with depression often have lower levels of vitamin D than those without depression. While it's not clear if low vitamin D levels cause depression or if depression causes low vitamin D levels, taking a vitamin D supplement may be helpful for some people with depression.
Magnesium: An essential mineral that is involved in many bodily functions, including brain function, low levels of magnesium have been linked to depression and anxiety. Taking a magnesium supplement may help reduce symptoms of these mental health issues.
Ginkgo biloba: An herb that has been used for centuries to support brain function. It may help improve memory and cognitive function, and some studies have found that it may also help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
An herb that is commonly used in traditional Indian medicine. It has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Ashwagandha may also help to reduce stress and improve sleep.
Curcumin: The active ingredient in turmeric, a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine, curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties and has been found to support brain function and reduce symptoms of depression.
In conclusion, natural supplements can be a helpful complement to traditional mental health treatments. By adding these natural and effective supplements to your routine, they may be able to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues while promoting overall brain health and cognitive function.
Our doctors have designed specific formulas to help with mental health and brain function:
The adaptogenic herbs found in StressLess (such as Magnolia Bark, Berberine, and L-Theanine) improve the body’s ability to adapt to various stressful environmental and physical challenges and increase stamina throughout the day. This comprehensive formula helps to reduces irritability, restlessness and anxiety while supporting mental focus and concentration.
Helps to prevent stress related eating and weight gain by balancing Cortisol produced by the adrenal glands during stress. Helps to alleviate fatigue, digestive difficulties, poor immune response and chronic inflammation.
INNER CALM is formulated for individuals that experience anxiety, disorientation, restlessness and feeling of being overheated or flushed when stressed.
InnerCalm is a classic herbal stress management formula used in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to nourish the heart and promote a sense of wellbeing and calmness. This formula contains adaptogenic herbs to support how the body manages stress.
Increases production and re-uptake of Serotonin. Used as adjuvant in the treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia. Berberine, Evodiamine and Mucuna Pruriens. 5-HTP is the precursor for the neurotransmitter serotonin. B6 is a vitamin co-factor that is needed for the enzyme that converts 5-HTP to serotonin.
This powerful combination improves the production of serotonin in the brain by enhancing serotonin re-uptake and transport.
While these supplements may not work for everyone, they are generally safe and well-tolerated. Again, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you are currently taking prescription medications or have any underlying health conditions. While supplements may be helpful for some people, they are not a substitute for professional mental health treatment.
If you are struggling with your mental health, don't hesitate to seek the help of a mental health professional at the Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine.