What supplements can help anxiety and depression?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Some of the supplements that are purported to help anxiety and depression are omega-3 fatty acids (which are so safe that they should be no-brainer, and they help make you brainier -- 600 milligrams a day for adults makes a big difference). New mothers can reduce postpartum depression if they add 600 milligrams of plant based DHA omega-3 (or 2 grams of fish oil) to daily diet. DHEA (which should never be taken without checking your blood levels first), SAMe, kava root, and St. John's Wort also have substantial data supporting their benefit for depression treatment and suppression. We favor DHA and SAMe, as St. John's Wort has a lot of conflicting data and you should absolutely discuss all other than DHA with your doc, because there can be some interactions with other anti-depressants.
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