Scientific Evidence for the Alternatives to Antidepressants

Feb 21, 2015

The natural alternatives to antidepressants described in The Mood Cure and on this site have been recognized and explored since the 1970s because they quickly and safely raise serotonin levels. Serotonin deficiency is the most common cause of depression and anxiety, so increasing serotonin is essential for a cure.

Here is a compilation of links to research supporting the effectiveness of the nutritional antidepressants advocated here as well as the effectiveness of exercise and therapeutic lights (which should be used along with the nutrients if needed). Some links may require you to log in at (free account).

A-1. Amino Acid Supplements Are Effective As Antidepressants: Two Amino Acids Raise Levels of the Brains Primary Antidepressant Neurotransmitter Serotonin



A-2. The Amino Acid L-Tyrosine Raises Levels of the Brains Secondary Antidepressant Neurotransmitter, Norepinephrine



B. High Carb, Low Protein, Low Fat, Low Calorie Diets Contribute to Depression



C. Amino Acids Benefit Winter Depression


D. Amino acids are routinely combined with antidepressants to improve results in Great Britain and elsewhere



E. The Herb St. John’s Wort Is An Effective Antidepressant



F. Omega-3 Fats Have Potent Antidepressant Effects



G. Research Review on All of the Above Natural Antidepressant Strategies



H. Psychotherapy is an Effective Treatment for Depression



I. Exercise and Bright Light Are Effective Antidepressants



J. Some Vitamins Have Antidepressant Effects