Natural Supplements for Mental Health

Folic Acid – a B vitamin found in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and fortified breads and cereals

  • Helps with Depression – When combined with an antidepressant, folic acid supplements can boost symptom relief-espcially in women

SAMe – is a substance made naturally in the body that boosts production of several neurotransmitters—chemical messengers in the brain—involved in regulation of mood

  • Helps with Depression – works as well as older tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). As an add-on treatment, it can boost the effectiveness of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI)

Ginkgo Biloba – herbal supplement is derived from leaves of the ginkgo tree

  • Helps with Alzheiner’s disease and antidepressant-related sexual problems – Taken alone, ginkgo biloba is modestly effective at slowing cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Valerian – herb is derived from the root of a pink flower, Valeriana officinalis

  • Helps with anxiety and sleep problems – Valerian may be an option for older adults, as it does not cause as many memory and thinking problems as benzodiazepines (sedative medications) do.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid – naturally occurring fatty acids are most abundant in cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and anchovies

  • Helps with bipolar depression and major depression – Omega-3 supplements may boost the effectiveness of antidepressants. These supplements may provide a stand-alone treatment option for people concerned about side effects of antidepressants, such as older adults, people with multiple medical conditions, and women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

St. John’s Wort – herbal supplement is produced from an extract of the plant Hypericum perforatum

  • Helps with Depression – St. John’s wort may help people with mild or moderate symptoms of depression

Melatonin – naturally occurring substance regulates circadian rhythms in the body, such as the sleep/wake cycle

  • Helps with sleep problems – Melatonin improves sleep quality in people with schizophrenia, major depression, and seasonal affective disorder


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