Nutrition and supplements for antidepressant withdrawals

Can I make my antidepressant withdrawal symptoms better with nutrition and supplements? Planning your titration from antidepressants is important. There are core nutritional supports that include b-complex, amino acids, DHA and EPA, and other micronutrients that should be initiated 1 to 3 months prior to attempting titration. Experienced clinicians recommend titration occur slowly, between 4Continue reading “Nutrition and supplements for antidepressant withdrawals”

Are OPCs an option for treating depression without medication?

Are oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) a natural option for treating depression without medication? In psychiatric issues such as depression, the symptoms treated by the effects of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) include inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurodegeneration. They improve blood flow and nutrient availability to cells and increase the health of the blood-brain barrier. This allows less prohibitiveContinue reading “Are OPCs an option for treating depression without medication?”

Will quercetin help my depression?

Quercetin helps to inhibit inflammation, which we know is a massive problem for people with depression. Quercetin’s ability to inhibit TNF-alpha and other types of cytokines can be beneficial in reducing levels of neuroinflammation. It suppresses the production of free radicals that can increase oxidative stress and will thereby increase available levels of antioxidants inContinue reading “Will quercetin help my depression?”

Neuroinflammation and depression

The link between depression and neuroinflammation has been studied for many years. And yet treating neuroinflammation in depression is not thought of as a primary target of intervention. Our society keeps trying to treat depression with pharmaceuticals. And while they can help many people, there are populations of people suffering from depression in which medicationsContinue reading “Neuroinflammation and depression”

Can keto treat my depression without medication?

How can a ketogenic diet help treat Depression? Ketogenic diets modify at least four of the underlying pathologies seen in people with depression. These include glucose hypometabolism, neurotransmitter imbalances, inflammation, and oxidative stress. A ketogenic diet is a powerful dietary therapy shown to directly impact these four underlying mechanisms (and others) involved with depression symptoms. PleaseContinue reading “Can keto treat my depression without medication?”

How is a ketogenic diet complementary to psychotherapy?

The standard of care for mental disorders is medication and therapy. Even in what are considered to be primarily neurological conditions that are generally treated with medication, psychotherapy is always considered an excellent adjunct that improves outcomes for the patient. For example, the American Psychological Association lists cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as an evidence-based treatment forContinue reading “How is a ketogenic diet complementary to psychotherapy?”