Many people have probably experienced feeling depressed and helpless for no reason. Every time something like this happens, don’t you just ignore it and say, ‘It’s because I’m not feeling well’ or ‘I’ve been under a lot of stress these days.’ If so, pay attention to the natural mind nutrient, St. John's Wort, introduced today.
St. John's wort, also known by its scientific name Hypericum perporatum and goat plant, is known to play a role in increasing the concentration of the neurotransmitter serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline in the body by preventing reabsorption and inhibiting metabolism. This contributes to improving anxiety, lethargy, and depression, and is also used pharmacologically in Europe and the United States.
1. Improves Depression Symptoms
St. John's Wort is known to have been used for mental health in the Roman army since the early 1st century. It is believed to have magical properties that ward off inner demons, and in the Middle Ages it was also called a ‘magic potion’ for the soul.
Because it has been used with such a long tradition, numerous studies and clinical trials have been conducted to evaluate its usefulness as an antidepressant. In 2008, the results of a meta-study comprehensively reviewing existing papers on St. John's wort extract were published. This study reports the results of a review of major clinical studies on St. John's wort extract as follows:
“St. John's wort extract tested in clinical trials is a) superior to placebo in patients with major depression; b) similarly effective as standard antidepressants; C) has fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.”
Reference : Linde, K., Berner, M. M., & Kriston, L. (2008). St John's wort for major depression. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 2008(4)
2. Improves Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms
Have you ever experienced regular depression that gets stronger in the fall or winter and then gets better in the spring and summer? These symptoms are called ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)’ and are classified into a subgroup of depression depending on the intensity of the symptoms.
In a paper published in the Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology, a clinical study was conducted on the improvement of seasonal affective disorder with St. John's wort extract and the results were reported as follows.
"Our data suggest that pharmacological treatment with St. John's wort extract may be an effective management method for symptoms of seasonal affective disorder."
Reference : Martinez, B., Kasper, S., Ruhrmann, S., & Möller, H. J. (1994). Hypericum in the treatment of seasonal affective disorders. Journal of geriatric psychiatry and neurology, 7 Suppl 1, S29–S33.
3. Improves Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a physical and emotional discomfort that begins before menstruation, and typical symptoms include irritability, anxiety, severe mood swings, and depression. It is known to occur in approximately 20-50% of women of childbearing period, and it can be said to be one of the inconveniences that have become a daily occurrence for many women.
Following several research reports on the improvement of depression with St. John's wort extract, the results of a clinical study on the improvement of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with St. John's wort extract were reported in 2010.
"St. John's wort extract is more effective than placebo in improving major physical and behavioral symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome (PMS)."
Reference : Canning, S., Waterman, M., Orsi, N., Ayres, J., Simpson, N., & Dye, L. (2010). The efficacy of Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort) for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome. CNS drugs, 24(3), 207-225.
Today, we briefly looked at the main functions of St. John's Wort that have been verified by academics. Please remember that just as you take nutrients to keep your body healthy, you also need to take appropriate nutrients to keep your mind healthy.
I hope you have a healthy day both physically and mentally. This was Jinny.