People assume that I don't know what I'm talking about, because I'm telling them something different from what their doctor tells them. That's because doctors are trained medically (MD = Medical Doctor) not nutritionally. An antidepressant is a medicine. A vitamin supplement is nutrition.
So many women could be helped. So much depression could be alleviated almost immediately. And without drugging yourself. (Yes, there *are* times for an antidepressant. Not often.)
Do you know that birth control pills, pregnancy, and ovulation all deplete your B vitamins, a lack of which *will* cause depression?
So while I'm looking it up for someone, I thought I would list some official sources and reports for you to check out for yourselves.
Vitamin for Depression?
This site will tell you what effect various nutrients have on your nervous, endocrine, and hormonal systems: Vit B, Vit C, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, and potassium.
Sample: Calcium depletion affects the central nervous system. Low levels of calcium cause nervousness, apprehension, irritability, and numbness.
Stress, pregnancy, and lactation ... increase the body's need for vitamin C, while aspirin, tetracycline, and birth control pills can deplete the body's supply.
Vit B12 sources
This site shows what dietary sources there are of Vit B12, which demonstrates why vegetarians are prone to Pernicious Anemia.
1 slice beef liver - 47.9 micrograms
Fortified cereal - 6 micrograms