Friday, April 4, 2008

The Anti - Depressant Cocktail

When I bought the book, "When Your Body Gets The Blues" I was skeptical, but there were formulas for getting enough sunlight, exercise, and taking vitamins that made sense to me. I know when I took the B vitamins in the past - they lessened my stress levels, but also improved my mood.

I decided to try the LEVITY formula along with the other suggestions in the book. Soon, I found that I didn't eat as much late at night, I slept better, and I had more energy, and my depression lessened. Research has shown that taking vitamins in higher dosages may offer many health benefits.

The main component of the program are the essential B Vitamins, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, and Selenium. This formula was expressly designed with women in mind. Researchers found that women performed better on the tests than men, when given the LEVITY formula.

Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin – involves the production of acetytcholine ( a chemical that your brain stores and retrieves information) and protects your nerve fibers. It also helps your body metabolize carbs and proteins, which are essential sources of energy.

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, assists your body in the production of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine – all chemicals that contribute to a sense of well-being and clearer thinking.

Vitamin B6 is also beneficial for the production of serotonin – the feel good hormone and DHA – a type of omega -3 fatty acid. Researchers have found that B6 improves the mood, promotes sleep, and improves thinking.

Many women are likely to be deficient in Folic Acid , including those who are age 55 and older, who have HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, alcohol dependency, and rheumatoid arthritis. Many Black and Latin women are especially at risk, due to poor diets. According to, Folic Acid deficiency has been found among people with depression and has been linked to poor response to antidepressant treatment. Folate supplements have been used for enhancing treatment response to antidepressants. Folic Acid also assists in improving mood by helping your body produce SAM –E – a natural antidepressant.

Vitamin D stimulates the production of serotonin and release, which is needed, since so few of us get enough sunlight. Exposure to sunlight gives us the essential Vitamin D for well being.

Selenium can improve your mood with in two and a half weeks. It also enhances the dopamine activity in ones brain – which in turn increases sense of pleasure. Studies have shown that selenium may also reduce the risk of cancer.
If you combine the LEVITY formula with daily walks along with exposure to the sun, you should experience a greater sense of well being and a lessening of your depression.

The Benefits of the Right Nutrients
Increased serotonin and dopamine production
Increased feelings of clearheadedness and composure
Higher energy levels
Fewer symptoms of PMS ( in some women)
Enhanced effectiveness of prescription antidepressants
Relief from the symptoms of winter depression
Reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease

If you have three or more or the following symptoms you may have the Body Blues:

  • Eating too much and gaining weight
  • Low energy
  • Irritability or tension
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Decreased interest in sex
  • Mild anxiety
  • Mild depression
  • Heightened sensitivity to rejection or criticism

LEVITY Program - Light, Exercise, and Vitamin Intevention Therapy

1. Light- Getting more very bright light during the day, but less at night.

2. Exercise -Going for a brisk outdoor walk, 20 minutes a day, five days a week.

3. Vitamins & Minerals - Taking the LEVITY Formula.

When Your Body Gets The Blues by Marie-Annette Brown, Ph.D., R.N., and Jo Robinson
Call 1-800-610-0542

This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, care or prevent any disease.

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