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Depression is a medical issue characterized by loss of interest in daily activities, prolonged sadness, and an otherwise persistently depressed feeling. It can be caused by any number of factors—a high-stress work environment, medical issues, genetic susceptibility, negative life events—or more likely a combination of factors. Depression is very common, with the US seeing over 3 million cases per year.
There are quite a few supplements for depression. Studies on L-theanine, rhodiola rosea, and other adaptogens support claims that they elevate mood and reduce anxiety. There’s promising research associated with microdosing and depression. Making lifestyle changes, such as ensuring you get eight hours of sleep every night and sufficient exercise during the day, are also associated with positive outcomes.
Though there’s not really a general consensus on the best depression supplements, or the best herbal supplements for depression, we have a lot of peer-reviewed studies exploring supplements for depression and anxiety. Our reviews and articles examine this literature and make recommendations accordingly.