N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) has the ability to help you feel and look younger and do it with a smile on your face. NAC is a powerful antioxidant for the brain and body, helping to restore energy, repair damage from free radicals, and reduce inflammation. It has also been shown in studies to improve mood as well! This ingredient is a vital component of Antidepressant Companion because antidepressant medications can actually increase the number of free radicals in your system and cause oxidative damage. Antidepressant Companion contains the optimal form and dose of NAC to help you balance your brain chemistry, reduce oxidative damage, decrease inflammation in the brain and can help you feel more energetic, focused, and help you get back to living a happy and productive life again.
L-Tyrosine is a key ingredient to help you get your libido back! Without tyrosine, your body can’t make dopamine or norepinephrine, two chemicals that are necessary to a sense of pleasure and ability to perform when aroused. When on antidepressants, particularly SSRIs, your body may shift toward production of other brain chemicals instead of dopamine and norepinephrine, leaving your sex drive in the dumps. By providing tyrosine, Antidepressant Companion effectively corrects that balance so that you can produce all of the chemicals needs to be happy in and out of the bedroom.
Erectile dysfunction will be a thing of the past thanks to Citrulline. This amino acid helps to increase production of nitric oxide, a chemical that increases blood circulation and allows for fuller and more sustained erections. Don’t worry ladies, it can still help you too. Citrulline has been studied as a powerful antidepressant all on its own, so you will benefit from it too.
Melatonin (a hormone) helps you sleep like a baby and wake up refreshed and ready for the day! Antidepressants like Prozac (fluoxetine) drain your body of it’s melatonin which causes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. This is why many people who take antidepressants develop insomnia as a side effect. But your body uses melatonin for more than just helping you get a good night of sleep. It is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it also helps you to fight the effects of age, and plays an important role in regulating other hormones as well. Antidepressant Companion contains the optimal form and dose of melatonin to help you balance your brain chemistry, hormones, and to help you get a good night’s sleep again!
Saffron (Crocus sativus)
Saffron will help put the spice back into your sex life. This delicious culinary spice also has medicinal value. Researchers have studied saffron and found that it helps to reverse two of the main side effects of antidepressants – weight gain and low libido. Saffron helps to control carbohydrate cravings that often increase when taking an antidepressant. It has also been studied for use alongside antidepressants such as fluoxetine (Prozac). These studies showed that it not only reduced depression more than medication alone, but it also significantly improved libido and sexual function. Here at NMHS we love saffron, and we are certain you (and your partner) will too.
Turmeric is beloved by many worldwide, not only for its flavor but for its medicinal properties. This herb dramatically reduces inflammation and damage from free radicals, both of which happen with depression and the use of antidepressant medications. This herb has actually been studied and shown to decrease the impacts of stress on the brain. While it may not directly work against the side effects you are having from your medication, it helps to prime your body so that all of the other ingredients can work more effectively.
Gotu kola (Centella asiatica)
Gotu kola is your best friend for dealing with stress. This medicinal plant helps reduce the production of stress hormones that increase feelings of depression and anxiety. One of the ways it does this is by increasing blood circulation. This allows all of the nutrients housed within Antidepressant Companion to get to all of your cells throughout your brain and body. If turmeric sets the stage for improved health and mood, gotu kola is the director that makes sure all of the actors give the performance of a lifetime.
TARGETED NUTRIENTS & COFACTORS
No supplement that aims to help those who struggle with depression would be complete without Vitamin D. A deficiency of vitamin D has been well researched and documented as a cause of depression. In some cases, such as seasonal depression, a deficiency of this vitamin may be the only cause. Vitamin D is necessary for stable moods and a healthy immune system, helping you to stay happy and healthy throughout the year.
Yet another antioxidant, Vitamin C helps keep you looking and feeling younger, but is also a necessary nutrient for producing the chemicals that help keep you in a good mood. It helps process the amino acids in Antidepressant Companion into dopamine and norepinephrine, brain chemicals that promote a good mood and healthy sexual function. Who knew this vitamin that everyone uses for colds could be so helpful for your mental and sexual health as well? We did! And that is why we included as part of your one stop shop for powerful mood support.
CoEnzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
Much like NAC, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) helps you look and feel younger. CoQ10 is like a powerhouse for every single cell in your body. Without it, you feel low energy, brain fog, and muscle weakness. Unfortunately, many antidepressant medications can actually cause a depletion of CoQ10. Signs of low CoQ10 include: anxiety, high blood pressure, chest pain, memory loss, asthma, chronic fatigue, gum disease, migraines, weakness, nerve pain, and more. Antidepressant Companion contains the optimal form and dose of CoQ10 to replace what your antidepressant is depleting, and help you feel more like yourself.
Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12)
B12 has become the new happy hour shot for the health conscious. It improves energy and metabolism, helping give our weight loss efforts more of a boost. It does this in many of the same ways that the other B vitamins do (see below). The special thing about B12 is that it is primarily found in animal protein, making it a common deficiency in vegetarians. Without B12, anxiety, depressed mood, fatigue and muscle weakness are common. Antidepressant Companion is formulated to include methyl-B12 because it is better absorbed than other forms, making it easier for your body to turn it into useable energy quickly.
L-5-MTHF (folic acid/folate)
Folic acid is the unsung hero of the body. It is like a soccer mom in many ways – it is the hidden force that makes sure everything runs smoothly and on time. From producing hormones and neurotransmitters to helping your body process and use sugar, folic acid is necessary for almost every system in your body and it’s daily function. Folate is the more effective form of folic acid, and L-5-MTHF is the form that is most useable by the body. Studies show that some people have genetic changes that make them unable to use folate correctly. Even when they supplement with it, they aren’t able to use it and end up with signs of deficiency like anxiety and depression. Our doctors have opted to include the L-5-MTHF form because it allows for a detour around the genetic change, making our folate useable by just about everyone!
B Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6)
Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), and Pyridoxine (B6) help improve mood and side effects of antidepressants behind the scenes. In medicine and biochemistry they are called cofactors. A cofactor is basically a spark plug for your body. If your car doesn’t have spark plugs the engine won’t start, even with a full tank of gas. Similarly in your body, you can have all of the building blocks for neurotransmitters (chemicals that control your mood), but if you don’t have the B vitamins in your system to start the engine, the neurotransmitters won’t get made. Antidepressant Companion supplies your body with B vitamins in amounts that are high enough to get your engine started and keep it running.
Magnesium deficiency runs rampant in our society, whether you are on antidepressant medications or not. This mineral is a vital nutrient for maintaining stable moods, calm minds, and healthy sleep. It is also helpful for sore muscles, cramps, and headaches. Magnesium is what is often referred to as a cofactor, or an ingredient that is needed to make chemicals that help our bodies function. This includes chemicals that impact mood and our sleep. By taking Antidepressant Companion, you will ensure that your body always has enough magnesium to operate at its highest levels.
Zinc & Copper
Much like folate, zinc and copper are needed for most of the daily functions of your body. Also like folate, there are some genetic differences that can change the way your body handles copper and zinc. In fact, these two minerals work together like children on a see-saw. Both have to maintain the right balance or it could send the other one way too high or way too low. Having the right balance of copper in your body will help improve mood and sleep, reduce fatigue and irritability, and even help you with brain fog. Optimal zinc levels improves mood and promotes a healthy appetite. Antidepressant Companion provides zinc and copper in an ideal ratio so that you can move about your day with ease.
Selenium helps to control your weight by ensuring that your thyroid works optimally. Thyroid hormones help to control your metabolism and energy. Low thyroid often presents with weight gain, fatigue, depression, dry skin, and hair loss. It is probably not surprising that many studies have shown that supplementing with thyroid hormone alone can improve depression. The thyroid gland requires selenium in order to produce active hormone. Antidepressant Companion aims to give your body the tools to restore its own function, so it provides selenium to help promote thyroid function, which in turn will help promote healthy metabolism and energy that often leads to weight loss.