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Depression: Nutritional Supplement May Ease Depression
According to a conclusion of a Massachusetts General Hospital research, nutritional supplement may help to ease depression along with common antidepressants in depressed patients who haven't responded to single-drug treatment.
Under the findings of the study, a new treatment based in nutritional supplement SAMe and an antidepressant improved or relieved symptoms in most of patients that suffer from depression. Researchers explain that there is a substance called SAMe (S-Adenosy-L-Methionine), which is found in every human cell and is commonly used as a dietary supplement.
This substance was used in 30 people included in the study. They were depressed patients diagnosed with different antidepressants such as Prozac, Effexor and Paxil for their treatments for a six-week period.
A total of 50 per cent of patients had significant improvement in their symptoms and 43 per cent had complete remission of their depression at the end of the study.
Patients started by taking 400 milligrams of the SAMe substance two times a day. Then, after two weeks, the dose of SAMe was doubled to 800 milligrams two times a day.
Although researchers noted that the study had different limitations, results were really interesting, since it was a small research and it lacked from a control group, besides that the subjects knew that they were taking an active dose of SAMe.
It is important to note that the only way that Science can obtain knowledge about the world, diseases such as depression and on facts that can be proved has been especially examination and testing. Hence the importance of studies like the above mentioned.