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what are some good herbal supplement for depression?

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Dr. Sara Buckley
Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
In my opinion,: Herbal supplements are not well-controlled or well-studied in the U.S. So no recommendation is possible. However, studies show that many U.S. Residents are vitamin d deficient and that d3, in particular, may benefit mood. Always a good idea to get 20 minutes of sun each day so your body can manufacture d itself. Check with your doctor if you suspect your d level is low.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Should I ask a doctor before using herbal supplements for depression?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes if on other meds: Unfortunately most doctors are poorly educated regarding herbs, so they are often not a good source of information. However, the herb that is most commonly used for depression, st. John's wort, is known to affect the metabolism of many medications. Thus, if you are taking other medications it would be wise to consult with your doctor about potential interactions.

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