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Neurological researchers tested the effects of a standardized Rhodiola rosea
extract on 89 patients with depression (mild to moderate). The study was a Phase
III Clinical Trial that was designed as a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled
human trial with 3 parallel groups over a 6-week period. One group received
a total of 340mg a day of Rhodiola and the second received 680mg a day while
the third group received the inactive placebo. The participants ranged in age
from 18 to 70. The herb improved overall depression, somatization, emotional
stability and insomnia significantly, benefits not seen in the placebo group.
The study is published in the November-December 2007 issue of the Nordic
Journal of Psychiatry. Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.; somatization
is the conversion of mental experiences into bodily symptoms. Clinicians will
find combinations of the following nutrients very helpful with depression; SAMe,
5-HTP, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Fish Oil Fatty
Acids, and other B-Complex Vitamins. Cordyceps, Maca, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Coenzyme
Q10, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, and NADH (Coenzyme 1) are also helpful. St. John’s
Wort works but has too many side effects and drug interactions. Sometimes older
patients are helped when DHEA levels are brought back up to normal.