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When traditional depression treatments have been ineffective or have caused unwelcome side effects, some people seek natural depression remedies. St. John's wort, vitamin B6, valerian, and omega-3 fatty acids are some of the supplements that are often recommended. There are a number of things to consider before taking any supplement for depression symptoms. For example, herbal supplements are not necessarily safe or without any harmful effects. They can also cause medical problems if not used correctly or if taken in large amounts.

An Overview of Natural Remedies for Depression

Depression is extremely common in today's society. Although there are effective treatments for depression, many people with depression look for natural remedies. Some people may seek natural remedies because traditional depression treatments have not worked or have caused unwelcome side effects. Others may be looking for a more "natural way" to treat depression symptoms.
In the past few years, there has been an increasing amount of attention paid to the use of natural remedies for depression and anxiety. St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum), an herb used extensively in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression in Europe, has recently aroused interest in the United States. In fact, several large studies have looked at its effectiveness at treating depression. 
There are also other supplements that are often recommended as natural depression remedies. Some of these supplements include:


Keep in mind that any natural supplement should be taken only after consultation with your doctor or other healthcare provider.
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