Additional supplements

Let’s have a look at additional supplements one can take to aid mood-related disorders. Many holistic doctors swear by at least 30-60 mg of zinc daily for a few months as a cure-all. While clinical trials are not so enthusiastic about this strategy it is a fact that deficiencies in zinc can be related to depression. If one sees a significant improvement after taking small doses (stronger hair, increased libido, lifted mood and wounds healing quicker) it may mean that therapy with the use of zinc may be helpful. Beware that doses of 40 mg and more taken for a month can lower the levels of copper in the body (which has to be supplemented, too, then – 3-4 mg every other or third day).

In some cases, herbs are very effective:

Low selenium levels can also affect mood – in some countries, the soil is significantly selenium-depleted which is why anyone who live there should take about 50 mcg every second day for a while while depressed patients should take around 200-300 mcg daily for a month or two, before switching to 50mcg daily dose.

Magnesium is everyone’s favorite, good for all kinds of mood disorders; it is cheap and worth trying. Get one kilo of magnesium chloride – it will cost you next to nothing and will last for a year.

One of American clinics treats mood disorders with chromium – there are not many clinical trials out there to support their enthusiasm and it is unlikely there will be more any time soon. Chromium is simply too cheap. Give it a go – do not take too high doses of chromium picolinate though as it can damage your kidneys – regular chloride (200 mcg daily) is sufficient.

B group vitamins – get a good multivitamin with a large dose of B1 and B6 vitamins.

One of internet forums belated the use of boron; it cleanses the body of fluoride (and indeed fluoride causes depression). It is dirt-cheap – take 10 ml of 3% boric acid daily, no longer than two months. Lower the dose to 0.5 ml daily then and this dosage can be safely taken throughout life.

Iodine therapy is rather risky as it can activate Hashimoto disease in some people (while it also protects from breast or prostate cancer). While for some of our forum readers have used it with a spectacular success, I cannot bring myself to wholeheartedly recommend it. It can indeed save many (the above mentioned cancers kill one person out of thirty) but…There is a but. While avoiding getting cancer can be a plus it cannot be ever taken as a given but if Hashimoto disease is activated, people will start finger pointing. Please, do educate yourself and make your own choices. If you decide to take iodine, do take selenium simultaneously.