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Looking For Natural Treatment For Depression? First Learn The Causes

by Sydney Health Wellness Centre Joanne Kennedy Naturopathy

People can have both constitution (genetic) or acquired (lifestyle/environmental) triggers of depression.

Two common genetic reason for depression are the MTHR gene and pyrroles. Research indicates that 70% of depressed patients have a genetic variant on MTHFR. The MTHFR gene encodes the MTHFR enzyme that catalyses the synthesis of 5-methyletetrahydrofolate (methylfolate), which is the active form of folate the body uses.  Methylfolate is the only form of folate that crosses the blood brain barrier, and is essential for mental health.  Methylfolate is a cofactor for the production of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters involved in the regulation of mood. 

MTHFR treatment includes supplementing with methylfolate as well as supporting the entire methylation pathway with B group vitamins, methylcobalamin, zinc, choline and methionine

Pyroluria (or pyrroles) is a biochemical imbalance in the body, causing a build of pyrroles, which are waste products formed by the breakdown of haemoglobin. Everyone makes pyrroles, however some people produce excessive amounts of pyrroles which can be a problem as these pyrroles bind and inhibit the utilisation of zinc and Vitamin B6.  Zinc and B6 are essential nutrients for mood. 

Another major driver of depression is inflammation. Inflammation in the body will lead to inflammation in the brain, slowing down the neuronal pathways, causing feelings of depression. Inflammation can occur due to infection, autoimmune conditions, leaky gut, dysbiosis, blood sugar imbalances, obesity, alcohol, chronic stress, high cortisol, and a diet high inflammatory foods including gluten and sugar.

Understanding the drivers of depression will assist with Natural Treatment for Depression. To reduce inflammation, it is important to eat an anti-inflammatory diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and oily fish. Anti-inflammatory herbs that can be included in the diet are turmeric, thyme, rosemary, ginger, clove, and oregano. Supplements that reduce cortisol include magnesium and phosphatidylserine. Herbal medicine that reduces cortisol includes Liquorice, Rehmmania, Rhodiola and Withania.

Depression has become common place in modern day life. In fact 1 in 3 adults will experience an episode of depression in their life time. There are certain physiological drivers of depression that can be treated effectively with natural treatments.

Online you can also search for Pyrroles Treatment Plan Sydney if you are suffering from the same.


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