Melatonin will help regulate your sleep so when you wake up, you’re ready to conquer your day!

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What can Melatonin do for me?

By Shannon Bennett and Dr. Nicole Cain ND, MA

Are you on an antidepressant but have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you feel sleepy, suffer from brain fog, poor memory, and lethargy throughout the day?

If so, you might benefit from the safe, quick acting, and powerful antioxidant called melatonin.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by a gland in your brain called the pineal gland when it is dark outside. Melatonin release is suppressed when it is light outside or when we are exposed to blue lights– television and phone screens for example.

Melatonin regulates your sleep wake cycle (circadian rhythm), and impacts your mood, and regulates many metabolic functions.

Melatonin is one of the 3 main nutrients depleted by the use of anti-depressants, like Prozac2,3, which is one of the main reasons you may be experiencing insomnia while taking your antidepressant.  

In addition to regulating sleep and correcting jet lag, few people know of melatonin’s use as a powerful antioxidant in alternative treatments for cancer, aging and mental health.

Antioxidants are molecules that bind up all of the harmful free radicals circulating in our bodies, thus decreasing the damage caused by oxidation in our cells. To explain oxidation in a little more detail: Oxidation is the reaction occurring when your half-eaten apple turns brown, when a car rusts and oxidation is the cause or consequence in some diseases. Other common antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, n-acetylcysteine and selenium.

Melatonin helps your body regulate hormones, controls irritable bowel, and combats brain fog, difficulty focusing and poor concentration.

Interestingly we see a link between melatonin and the neurotransmitter dopamine. In making dopamine, your brain needs adequate amounts of melatonin. Therefore if you suffer from ADD/ ADHD or any other issues with focus and attention, you might be deficient in melatonin.  

Melatonin is particularly important if you’re a busy, over-worked, over-stressed individual. At this point, you’re probably thinking this supplement should be added to your daily regimen. If you’re one of the 11% of Americans on antidepressants1, you’ll be glad to know that this vital hormone is not going to cause any interactions with your bottled sunshine. In fact, it may benefit you even more than the antidepressant alone.

As mentioned above, Melatonin is also a major building block for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters happen to be primarily involved in mood regulation, response to stressors and our overall ability to adapt easily and thrive in life.

How good does that sound? To not just survive in life but to THRIVE?

The regulation of these neurotransmitters is intricately involved in the treatment of depression, anxiety and other mental health-related disorders4. Serotonin is the target for SSRIs, impacting the amount available for your body’s use.

To Summarize:

  • Your antidepressant may be depleting your body of melatonin.
  • Melatonin dysregulation leads to insomnia
  • Melatonin is a safe, effective, natural and powerful alternative to medications in helping you sleep again.
  • As an extremely powerful antioxidant, melatonin heals the brain!
  • Melatonin prevents neurdegenerative disorders, for example alzheimers.
  • Melatonin is needed to make dopamine which is the first line treatment in ADHD/ ADD

At Natural Mental Health Supplements we are passionate about creating solutions to the mental health crisis that is occurring in the United States.

By helping one person at a time, one nutrient at a time, we hope to change the world. Step by step. By helping you get on the road to a new life, we know that you will positively impact those around you, and then those around you will impact the world around them.

Our mission is to EMPOWER you in taking back your health.

Antidepressant Companion was specifically formulated to compliment antidepressants as they are working in your body. It does this by providing therapeutic dosages of quality Melatonin to counteract and decrease the negative effects of this known depletion.

Speak with your healthcare provider today about using Antidepressant Companion on your journey to a healthy, and well-rested life!  

References:

  1. http://www.businessinsider.com/countries-largest-antidepressant-drug-users-2016-2
  2. http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000712
  3. Br J Psychiatry. 1995 Feb;166(2):196-8. Effect of fluoxetine on melatonin in patients with seasonal affective disorder and matched controls. Childs PA1, Rodin I, Martin NJ, Allen NH, Plaskett L, Smythe PJ, Thompson C.
  4. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1995;20(7):763-70. Plasma melatonin and cortisol circadian patterns in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder before and after fluoxetine treatment. Monteleone P1, Catapano F, Tortorella A, Di Martino S, Maj M.

3 Ways to Reverse the Libido Squashing Effects of your Antidepressant Medications

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Having a satisfying intimate relationship with your partner is important in the lives of most adults, however, low libido (meaning lack of interest or decreased function) is a potential side effect of all antidepressant medications (1). The good news is that is possible to keep things happy in the bedroom and the rest of your life while taking your antidepressant.

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Three ways Antidepressant Companion reverses the low libido blues:

1) Libido Boost

There are three key players to the Antidepressant Companion formulation to help boost your libido.

L-Tyrosine: L-tyrosine is and amino acid used by your brain to make chemicals called neurotransmitters. Some of them made from tyrosine include epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are key players in your feelings of satisfaction, libido, and energy. Studies have shown that supplementation with L-tyrosine can work quickly to help with erectile dysfunction, achieving orgasm, and increasing interest.

Saffron: Saffron is a delicious spice that has been shown to be as effective as Prozac in treating depression (2), but that’s not all!. In addition to being a powerful antidepressant, Saffron blocks the libido squashing side effects of your antidepressant, and it can also help improve erectile function, arousal, lubrication and interest (3)(4)(5).

L-Citrulline: L-Citrulline is another amino acid that has been used to effectively treat low libido. It is a powerful antioxidant and can treat mild to moderate erectile dysfunction (6). It also helps major depression by increasing production of the chemical nitric oxide (NO), which is associated with blood circulation, energy, libido and more (7)(8).

2) Tapering Down

Often times the side effects of antidepressants are tied to their dosages. Clinical studies have shown that lowering the dose of your antidepressant may enable you to achieve the same mood-lifting benefits, while not experiencing the effect on your libido. Antidepressants work by increasing the amounts of mood stabilizing chemicals in your brain, primarily serotonin, and in some cases norepinephrine. Antidepressant Companion contains building blocks that helps your brain more effectively and easily make these chemicals so that you do not need higher and higher doses in order to maintain stability. Instead, the health-promoting ingredients in Antidepressant Companion will get to the root of your symptoms and help you start to feel better again.

3) Mood support

It is well known that depression impacts your ability to connect with others, your self confidence, your ability to experience pleasure, and therefore your libido. While your antidepressant may be helpful in lifting some of the weight of depression, you may still experience symptoms sadness and anxiety.

Antidepressant companion has nutrients that help boost mood and energy. It decreases inflammation in the brain and body, which has been shown to help improve the symptoms of depression. It also provides your brain with an abundance of antioxidant support, and gives your brain the needed building blocks for making mood-boosting neurotransmitters. With a powerful proprietary blend of herbal medicines, Antidepressant Companion targets and removes oxidative damage, improves energy, and can help lift depression and anxiety.

By Dr. Nicole Cain, MA ND

References:
1) Higgins, A. Nash, M. & Lynch, A.M. Antidepressant-associated sexual dysfunction: impact, effects, and treatment. Dove Press Journal: Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety. 8 September 2010. Retrieved from http://edepositireland.ie/bitstream/handle/2262/68355/dhps-2-141.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
2) Lopresti AL, Drummond PD. Saffron (Crocus sativus) for depression: a systematic review of clinical studies and examination of underlying antidepressant mechanisms of action. Human Psychopharmacology. 2014 Sept. 22. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hup.2434/abstract
3) J Integr Med. 2013 Nov;11(6):377-83. doi: 10.3736/jintegrmed2013056. Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) and major depressive disorder: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Hausenblas HA1, Saha D, Dubyak PJ, Anton SD.
4) Modabbernia A, Sohrabi H, Nasehi AA, et al. Effect of saffron on fluoxetine-induced sexual impairment in men: randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012;223(4):381-8.
5) Kashani L, Raisi F, Saroukhani S, et al. Saffron for treatment of fluoxetine-induced sexual dysfunction in women: randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2013 Jan;28(1):54-60.
6) Urology. 2011 Jan;77(1):119-22. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2010.08.028. Oral L-citrulline supplementation improves erection hardness in men with mild erectile dysfunction. Cormio L1, De Siati M, Lorusso F, Selvaggio O, Mirabella L, Sanguedolce F, Carrieri G.
7) Nitric Oxide and Neopterin in Bipolar  Affective Disorder. R. Hoekstra   W.M.A. Verhoeven a D. Fekkes. Neuropsychobiology 2006;54:75–81.
8) Decreased Platelet Nitric Oxide Synthase Activity and  Plasma Nitric Oxide Metabolites in Major Depressive Disorder.  Wendy E. Chrapko, Paul Jurasz, Marek W. Radomski, Nathalie Lara, Stephen L. Archer, and  Jean-Michel Le Melle ́do. BIOL PSYCHIATRY 2004;56:129–134

 

You are not Alone

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Believe it or not, you are not alone. You have struggled with depression, and have felt the most alone you have ever felt in your life, but you are actually in good company. With 25% of the American population struggling with some type of mental health condition, you actually have over 77 million people with you. They get how you feel, and so do we.

You are also not alone in feeling side effects from your medications. If you are lucky, you are among the two-thirds of people who take antidepressants and see improvement. However there is a trade off.  Over forty percent of people who get some relief from depression with their antidepressants end up experiencing side effects. The most common ones we hear from our patients include insomnia, low libido and weight gain. And there is evidence in the scientific literature to back up what you are feeling. (1). So you may have some relief of your depression (or complete relief), but now you have to deal with increased weight, difficulty sleeping, and low libido. Sometimes these side effects make people feel so frustrated that they feel it might even be better to deal with depression, so they stop their medications and suddenly get flooded with depression again. Sound familiar?

There is hope. You can feel better in you body and your mind. Millions have found relief in integrative approaches to mental health, whether it be through diet or with supplements. Our doctors have over a decade of experience in the study of nutrition and the brain and NMHS was created with the mission to help people finally find the relief they are looking for.

Antidepressant Companion was formulated specifically with you in mind. Packed full of nutrients that help get to the root of depression and anxiety, Antidepressant Companion contains specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs in their optimal dosages and forms. These ingredients will not only heal your brain, but it will also target the side effects of your medications. We have found that people who take Antidepressant Companion get better sleep, have more success in achieving their weight goals, and have a healthier sex life. Antidepressant Companion also increases the effectiveness of your antidepressant medication and may even help you to taper off.

There is hope. While you may feel alone and like you will never feel better, millions of people have experienced relief and so can you. Talk with your doctor about Antidepressant Companion today and get on the road to new life.

by Dr. Nicole Cain, ND MA 

Reference:
Elisa Cascade,corresponding author Amir H. Kalali, MD, and Sidney H. Kennedy, MD, FRCPC. Real-World Data on SSRI Antidepressant Side Effects. Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2009 Feb; 6(2): 16–18. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719451/

 

The Key to Antidepressant Companion is in the Ingredients

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Antidepressant Companion has been designed by our founding Naturopathic Doctor to help your body and brain function optimally. Our doctor has studied and tapped into her extensive knowledge of nutrition and biochemistry as well as the medical research on natural therapies to bring you the most power packed supplement to help you live your best life.

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

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.

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.

L-Tyrosine

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 needed to be happy in and out of the bedroom.

Magnesium 

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.

Melatonin

Melatonin 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. Your body uses melatonin for more than just helping you get a good night of sleep. Melatonin is also an anti-cancer, anti-aging, and an antioxidant. It even regulates reproductive hormones, too!  If you have insomnia or difficulty falling asleep/ staying asleep, fatigue, difficulty focusing and concentrating, brain fog, or irritable bowels, these may be signs that your melatonin stores are low and that replacement melatonin may be beneficial for you. 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!

Folate (B9, L-5-MTHF)

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!

Saffron

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.

Copper

Much like folate, copper is 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. Antidepressant Companion provides zinc and copper in an ideal ratio so that you can move about your day with ease.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)

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.

Citrulline

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.

Turmeric

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.

Vitamin D

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.

Centella (Gotu kola)

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.

Zinc

Zinc works like a spark plug for your body. It is an essential nutrient that is a cofactor in producing hormones and neurotransmitters that are responsible for a happy, healthy mood. If your car has a full tank of gas but no spark plugs won’t get very far .This is the same for a body without Zinc.   If your diet provides all of the amino acids (tyrosine, tryptophan, etc.) to produce neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, etc.) but not enough zinc to start the process of making them,  you won’t get your mood from depressed to happy. A study published in the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology demonstrates the low zinc is a clinical marker for depression. Low levels of zinc have also been correlated with increased oxidative stress, a significant contributor to depression.  Antidepressant Companion from Natural Mental Health Supplements ensures that you get enough zinc to produce neurotransmitters from the amino acids both in your diet, and in Antidepressant Companion itself so you won’t be left stranded with a full tank of gas but no spark.

Selenium

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.

Thiamine

Thiamine is used by every organ in your body to make amino acids, the building blocks for proteins.  When you are deficient in Thiamine your muscles and nervous system refuse to work properly giving you that Blah feeling. Or more specifically muscle weakness, fatigue, body pains, chronic fatigue, mood imbalances, sexual dysfunction and other general symptoms of malaise. Antidepressant companion provides you with enough Thiamine so your body can produce acetylcholine and GABA.  Acetylcholine is the chemical messenger that your brain uses to make those aches and pains go away. GABA is the messenger that leads to calmness, resting, and relaxing.  Thiamine works in concert with other B vitamins to make certain your body and mind function properly.

Riboflavin

Riboflavin is the vitamin that allows you to make energy!  Without it your metabolism will refuse to work, leaving you run down, tired and chronically sleepy.  Antidepressant pharmaceuticals strip riboflavin out of your body and while eating leafy greens may help it’s hard to avoid a deficiency.  Research also shows that riboflavin deficiency may lead to depression.  The good thing though is you can always tell when you are getting enough Riboflavin, this is the vitamin that turns your pee bright yellow.  Antidepressant companion gives you enough Riboflavin to maximize your energy reserves every day.

Cobalamin (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.

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Antidepressant Companion

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Antidepressant Companion

Finally there is a nutritional supplement that can reduce or remove the side effects of common antidepressants. Antidepressant Companion is designed by a doctor using cutting edge medical research to address the unique nutrition needs of those who take antidepressants. Antidepressant Companion utilizes over 20 different physician grade ingredients for the primary goal of reducing insomnia, weight gain, and sexual side effects common with SSRI, SNRI, and other antidepressant medications.  Additionally the proprietary blend of herbs and amino acids included in Antidepressant companion will improve your overall response to your prescribed antidepressant.

Antidepressant Companion accomplishes it’s goal by providing the raw materials your body needs through the 3 R’s:

  • It REPLACES nutrients and hormones that are depleted by antidepressants.
  • It REINFORCES the body’s ability to produce chemicals associated with improved mood by providing the building blocks in therapeutic doses.
  • It REDUCES the most common and troublesome side effects such as weight gain, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction with powerful herbs and nutrients formulated to work with your medication.

Antidepressant Companion was developed by a doctor for Natural Mental Health Supplements.

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