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Natural remedies for depression aren't a replacement for medical diagnosis and treatment. But, for some people certain herbs and supplements do seem to work well. More studies are needed to determine which natural remedies for depression are most likely to help and what side effects they might cause. Here are four natural remedies that show promise:
In the past, the quality of many dietary supplements on the United States market was often questionable. With increased oversight by the FDA, this concern is gradually lessening. But it's still best do some research before starting any dietary supplement. Make sure you're buying your supplements from a reputable company, and find out exactly what they contain.
Also keep in mind that some herbal and dietary supplements can cause potentially dangerous interactions with other medications. To be safe, talk to your doctor before taking a supplement for your depression.
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