What to do when you feel blue: do you know that certain foods, herbs, and other natural remedies can ease depression? Find out which ones work – health quiz

What to do when you feel blue: do you know that certain foods, herbs, and other natural remedies can ease depression? Find out which ones work – health quiz – Brief Article

1. Eating which of the following foods

is likely to relieve depression?

A. lentils

B. salmon

C. spinach

D. tofu

2. Which of these supplements has

been shown to alleviate depression?

A. 5-HTP

B. SAM-e

C. vitamin B complex

D. all of the above

3. Meditation can prevent depression.

A. true

B. false

4. Which of these homeopathic remedies

works best to ease depression?

A. Aurum

B. Ignatia

C. Sepia

D. all of the above

5. St. John’s wort has been shown to

be the most effective herb in treating

major depression.

A. true

B. false

6. Which of the following proved to

treat depression most effectively?

A. exercising for 45 minutes three

days a week

B. taking the antidepressant drug

Zoloft

C. exercising for 45 minutes three

days a week and taking Zoloft

7. Which of the following can be used

to remedy the type of depression called

Seasonal Affective Disorder

(SAD)?

A. exercise

B. sunlight

C. St. John’s wort

D. all of the above

8. Which of the following herbs has

been shown to relieve depression in

elderly people?

A. ginkgo

B. ginseng

C. gotu kola

D. lemon balm

9. Getting too much of which of the

following nutrients may cause depression

in some people?

A. calcium

B. copper

C. iron

D. none of the above

10. Drinking excessive amounts of

which of the following beverages

can aggravate depression?

A. alcohol

B. coffee

C. tea

D. all of the above

Answer:

1. B. A study at Harvard Medical School in Boston found that high doses of fish-oil supplements, which contain the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, reduced symptoms of several depressive disorders. You can get enough of this omega-3 fatty acid by eating salmon a few times a week. 2. D. The natural compounds 5-HTP and SAM-e (short for S-adenosylmethionine) are widely used in Europe to treat mild to moderate depression (take 100 to 400 mg of 5-HTP or up to 1,600 mg of SAM-e daily). SAM-e has been shown to work as well as antidepressant drugs. B complex vitamins have been proven to enhance the effectiveness of antidepressant drugs (take 100 mg daily). 3. A. Buddhist psychology holds that you get depressed when you seek too much stimulation. Meditation helps you avoid the resulting high moods and inevitable low moods. 4. D. All three of these remedies can treat depression in some people, but you need to see a homeopath for a formula tailored to your symptoms. 5. B. Trick question. St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) in doses of 300 mg three times daily effectively treats mild to moderate depression. It’s not recommended for treating major depression. 6. A. Researchers at Duke University in Durham, N.C., compared three depression treatments: group exercise three times a week for 45 minutes; the antidepressant medication Zoloft; and exercise and medication. People’s moods in all three groups improved, but the exercise-only group’s moods stayed lifted the longest. 7. D. All three of these remedies–exercising outdoors, 15 minutes of daily exposure to full-spectrum lighting, and 300 mg of St. John’s wort three times daily–can relieve these seasonal low moods brought on by lack of sunlight in winter. 8. A. Eighty mg of ginkgo extract (Ginkgo biloba) three times daily has been shown to slow the cognitive decline associated with depression in elderly people. 9. A. Excessively high blood levels of calcium (known as hypercalcemia) can cause depression, chiefly in people with thyroid disorders and cancer. Dietary and supplemental calcium won’t cause hypercalcemia in a healthy person. 10. D.

Fast Facts

* If you have a physical illness, you may also suffer from major depression. Treating that depression can markedly improve your physical health, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

* According to traditional Chinese medicine, if you’re depressed, your liver’s qi, or life energy, is unbalanced, Acupuncture treatments may help.

* For information about the different types of depression (including mild, chronic, and seasonal mood swings), visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s website at www.nimh.nih.gov.

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