Supplements worth trying for depression
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) feel that there’s insufficient research to say that supplements work. Depression is a very serious issue and all treatments must be discussed with your doctor. The products below are marketed as being appropriate for mild to moderate depression that may be associated with menopause:
- St John’s Wort ‘appears to be effective in treating depression during the menopause but it can interfere with other medication so it is important to speak with your doctor before taking’ says the latest RCOG guidance.
- St John’s Wort Complex combines St John’s Wort with hops and lemon balm, both relaxants (both by A.Vogel) or Viridian Saffron Extract taken as a tincture or a capsule
- Black Cohosh may increase your natural oestrogen levels, possibly dealing with the underlying cause of menopause depression. Talk to your doctor as there are concerns about the long-term safety of black cohosh.
- Omega-3 fish oil supplements could help with depressive symptoms. Your doctor will be able to advise you about how appropriate they are for you.