When treating depression, antidepressant medications often prescribed. There is however a risk associated with certain ones that can actually induce mania in adults. Teens risking an increase in suicidal thoughts when taking certain anti-depressants. Fortunately, there are natural minerals that can help to overcome negative moods associated with depression : Zinc, magnesium and selenium
Zinc is an essential nutrient that the body can not store. But it affects bodily functions such as the immune system, reproductive system and mental balance. Zinc deficiency can cause mental lethargy. Increasing zinc amount in deficiency patients can relieve symptom-related physical pain as well as improveme vigilance. Supplements may be necessary for the depressed patient groups who are at risk for zinc deficiency, namely vegetarians and pregnant women. Zinc amount shall not exceed 40 milligrams per day for adults 19 and older. Natural sources of zinc are oysters, beef shanks, Swiss cheese and pork shoulder.
Magnesium is the most abundant mineral in the body. Magnesium is used in more than 300 bodily biochemical reactions. Most magnesium is found in bone. Magnesium may help with depression, because it is involved with producing the required proteins to create special mood-related neurotransmitters. Magnesium is important in the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for raising moods. A study led by Dr. Richard H. Cox tested 100 depressed patients for magnesium deficiency by using high levels of magnesium to their systems for absorption. More than 50 of these patients showed low levels of magnesium. Nearly 90 percent of depressed patients with chronic pain syndromes were found to be deficient. Beets, carrots, green vegetables and legumes are all natural sources of magnesium.
Selenium deficiency has also been linked to depression and anxiety moods. Although your body needs only trace amounts, it helps to make antioxidants that prevent cell damage from free radicals that can target brain functions. A 1991 study published in Biological Psychiatry Journal was among the first to demonstrate selenium’s effects on mood. Fifty people were given a placebo, or a small amount of selenium daily for five weeks and asked to monitor their moods in addition to what they have eaten. High levels of selenium may cause irritability and mild nerve damage. It is recommended that adults have no more than 400 micrograms of selenium per day.