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A lot of men are surprised when they ask me if there are supplements they can take instead of medication and I say, ‘Yes.’ Many doctors recommend prescription meds because they’re so well studied. Supplements are trickier because they don’t have that same amount of backing. Yet there is evidence for some of them. Here are my favourites – with caveats, of course.
Ideally, talk to a doctor before taking them to be sure they won’t interact with any other medication you may be on. Always buy from a trusted brand and reputable vendor; you need to be sure that your supplements contain the ingredients they say they do. If your mood symptoms are on the mild side, here’s what we know about what may help you feel better.
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It can have a calming effect, Reading University researchers have foundThe Independent reported that the study involved 300 young adults, with an average age of 23. It was designed to see whether high doses of B6 could reduce anxiety and depression signs and symptoms.
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Useful for: Mild depression, meaning that you have some symptoms but can get through the day without them affecting your life too much. Not sure how mild yours are? Google the PHQ-9 rating scale.
What’s the dose? Start with 1g a day; you can go up to 2g. Fish oil has two components: EPA and DHA (both omega-3 fatty acids). Look for at least 60% EPA. It may take six to eight weeks to have an effect.
Take note: If your cholesterol is high, watch your numbers; fish oil may increase low- density lipoprotein (LDL), which isn’t ideal – although it may lower triglycerides, which is good. Talk to a doc before taking this if you’re
on blood thinners, though. mood-boosting supplements
Useful for: Stress and anxiety. It might also help with insomnia, but don’t expect it to knock you out on the first night.
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© Fotolia Food supplements: Pro advice to choose them Robert Nahmani, graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Paris and pioneer of research on antioxidants and aging. Interview and advice to thwart misleading allegations and avoid unnecessary additives. Who are food supplements for? Robert Nahmani: everyone does not need a food supplement! Many people get the nutrients they need thanks to a healthy and balanced diet.
What’s the dose? Studies tend to use 300mg twice
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a day for at least six weeks.
Take note: Don’t expect many benefits from adding it to a smoothie at the juice bar; you need it every day for several weeks for it to work. Be careful if you’ve had a hormone-sensitive illness such as prostate cancer, as this herb may affect hormone levels. mood-boosting supplements
Useful for: Mild depression. This might be useful if you can’t use fish oil. (Vegans, take note.)
What’s the dose? It can boost energy, so start low and go slow. I suggest starting at 200mg per day for a week; go to 400mg the next week. I don’t recommend more than 800mg twice a day. It can take six weeks before you notice a change.
Take note: A compound found naturally in the body, SAM-e has been studied for depression since the 1970s. It’s approved as an antidepressant in some European countries.
How to live longer: The supplement that could be used in anti-ageing therapy - study
SUPPLEMENTS are a common accoutrement of the modern household. Used for a variety of reasons, they can help boost the body's immune system to maintain a high level of overall health. One particular supplement could have anti-ageing effects, according to a new study.Although they sound problematic, and they are, free radicals are an inevitable compound released when the body's cells process the oxygen and food.
Useful for: Performance anxiety, like doing well in a tense meeting or on a test. It may reduce the body’s stress response during those tasks. Effects are mild. It may also help with attention and reaction time.
What’s the dose? 200mg; many studies suggest it can create a calm but alert state in about an hour. (It’s one of my favourite supplements.)
Take note: L-theanine is in green and black teas, but there’s only about 6mg of L-theanine in a cuppa. mood-boosting supplements
Useful for: Mild depression (again) and mental fatigue, although more studies need to be done. Research is mixed on whether it can also help with anxiety.
What’s the dose? Research has found that 340mg once or twice a day for at least six weeks may boost your mood and help you feel more emotionally stable.
Take note: Look for a product that contains active ingredients in the concentrations that have been studied; that’s one with 3% rosavins and at least 1% salidrosides.
These Free-Weights Workouts Will Help You Stop Wasting Time In The Gym .
Use your gym time effectively with these free-weights workouts, which help you master movement patterns to build functional strength and muscle sizeThe three weights workouts below can help ensure every minute you spend in the gym is used wisely. You can combine the workouts into a training plan where you do each of them once a week as detailed below, or pick and choose the workouts as you like.