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News Article: St. John's Wort

Depression strikes almost everyone at some point in time. We live in a hectic world, where stress is difficult to avoid. The feeling that life has no meaning, can be replaced with feelings of contentment and even happiness with some simple lifestyle changes that bring the body back into balance. Smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption, and a lack of exercise, stress the body in a negative way. Taking time to relax and relieve the stress will help to bring a sense of wellbeing and focus to each day. Natural herbal support can also help to bring balance to the body emotionally. St. John's Wort has gained much attention in recent years.

According to the British Medical Journal, St. John's Wort has been used very successfuly for depression. Other studies report this herb works as well as many strong medications. In fact, Europeans have been using St. John's Wort for decades, and it is the leading anti-depressant in Germany.

This herb has received much attention in America after a study at New York University found that two of its main constituents, hypericin and pseudohypericin, were found to be quite effective for anxiety and emotional problems. Unlike many psychotropic drugs, the patients did not report any side effects, such as dry mouth, constipation or dizziness.

Suggested supplementation is between 250-500mg three time per day. Keep in mind this herb usually requires a few weeks before positive results are noticed. Always consult your physician if you are currently taking anti-depressant medication before trying St. John's Wort.

St. John's Wort may be just what you need to lift your spirits and set you back on track.

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