If you’re prone to low moods or think you may suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), St John’s Wort could be your ideal supplement. It’s been used for hundreds of years as a natural treatment for mental health problems – including depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.
As an herbal remedy that’s been well used for centuries, it’s not surprising that St John’s Wort is thought to have a deluge of benefits. Some of the most researched benefits relate to how it can affect the brain, namely through two chemicals:
Hyperforin – This phytochemical is considered the main active ingredient in St John’s Wort and is known for its potential antidepressant properties, namely the fact that it may increase levels of serotonin (the happy hormone).
Hypericin – Formerly considered the active ingredient in St John’s Wort before it was replaced by hyperforin. It still plays a role in how the plant works thanks to its anti-viral properties and its ability to boost levels of dopamine in the brain which, in turn, can help lift your mood.
Remember that St John’s Wort can interfere with some medications, so it’s worth speaking to a medical professional before you start taking any supplements.
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