The UK’s Royal College of Psychiatrists says patients seeking treatment for depression should be informed of the potential for “severe and long-lasting withdrawal symptoms.”
Contrary to the pro-drug propaganda that is commonly spread through the mainstream media, the fact is that antidepressant drug treatments are far from safe. Illustrating this, an analysis of hundreds of thousands of patients published in 2017 found these medications to be associated with a significantly elevated risk of death. Overall, people using the drugs had a 33 percent higher risk of death than those not using them. They also had an increased risk of suffering cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
In contrast, there is growing evidence that nutritional approaches are safe and effective in the prevention and control of depression. Illustrating this, a meta-analysis published in 2016 looked at 13 studies involving 1,233 participants and found that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce symptoms of even major depressive disorder. Another study published last year added still further support to the use of omega-3 fatty acids for controlling depression, finding that higher levels of these nutrients are linked to less depression in heart failure patients.
Other research has found evidence linking a deficiency of B vitamins with depression. A scientific review published in 2017 noted that low levels of B vitamins are common in the condition and that supplementation with these nutrients has been shown to improve depression outcomes.
Similarly, a clinical trial published in 2017 showed that magnesium supplements are effective in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression. Finding that daily supplementation with magnesium leads to a significant decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms, and that it works quickly and is well tolerated, the study concluded that magnesium may be a safe over-the-counter alternative to antidepressant drugs.
To read about research showing that a vitamin-rich Mediterranean diet can help prevent depression, see this article on our website.