Scientific research has identified a link between low Omega 3 levels and depression. In one study, researchers determined that societies that eat a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids have a higher prevalence of major depressive disorder than societies that get ample omega-3 fatty acids.
Anchovies, mackerel and sardines are great sources of Omega 3, but many people aren’t getting enough of either because they are vegetarian or because they simply don’t like fish.
Nature’s Best OracOmega provides an impressive 760MG of Omega 3s – the highest level of any product available in the UK – which is high quality and fresh to ensure potency. A mix of plant antioxidants (from Green Tea, Rosemary and Oregano) within each capsule prevent the product degrading in the body, helping you to get your Omega requirements the vegetarian way. Nature's Best OracOmega, £15.20 for 180 capsules.
Best for… the blues
5-HTP, full name 5-Hydroxytryptophan, is a substance naturally produced in the body from tryptophan, an amino acid which is found in small amounts in our diets.
Dr Sarah Brewer says: "5-HTP is extracted from the seeds of a West African medicinal plant, Griffonia simplicifolia and is directly converted into serotonin in the brain. Levels of other important brain chemicals also increase after taking 5-HTP, including melatonin, dopamine, noradrenaline and beta-endorphin.
5-HTP appears to help some people overcome depression and insomnia. It should not be combined with antidepressant drugs and is best used with the support of your doctor. Nature’s Best 5 HTP £9.95 for 60 tablets.