St. John's Wort 300 mg
Perhaps the biggest appeal of St. John's Wort is the fact that it's so widely available. It's safe, very effective (for most people), and you don't need to see a doctor to get it. Well, unless you live in Germany where it's sold by prescription only. High quality St. John's Wort can be as effective as a prescription antidepressant, and this has been proven by several scientific studies. LifeSource Vitamins is proud to introduce our clean and pure St. John's Wort. You will love the purity.
What does St. John's Wort may help with:
- PMS Relief*
- Ear Infections*
- Cold Sores*
- Ulcerative colitis*
- Wound Healing*
Mood imbalances, even in the most modest sense, can keep us from functioning at our best. St. John's Wort, a perennial extract that blooms from June to September has been shown to help balance mood, encourage feelings of calmness, and even support healthy sleeping patterns. Hypercin, one of the active pigments in St. John's Wort has the ability to naturally support our brain’s serotonin production. As a result, it may be beneficial in providing the balance needed to maintain a positive mood naturally without side effects.*
Parts used and where grown: St. John's Wort is found in Europe and the United States; it is especially abundant in northern California and southern Oregon. The above-ground (aerial) parts of the plant are gathered during the flowering season. Similar species are found around the world.
Historical or traditional use (may or may not be supported by scientific studies): In ancient Greece, the herb was used to treat many ailments, including sciatica and poisonous reptile bites. In Europe, St. John's wort was, and continues to be, very popular for the topical treatment of wounds and burns. It is also a folk remedy for kidney and lung ailments as well as depression.
Active constituents: St. John's wort has a complex diverse chemical makeup that includes hypericin and other dianthrones, flavonoids, xanthones, and hyperforin.
1. While it was previously thought that the antidepressant
actions of St. John’s wort were due to hypercin and inhibition of the enzyme
2. Current research has challenged this belief.
Recent studies have focused on other constituents, such as hyperforin,
xanthones, and flavonoids.
3 & 4. New research suggests that St. John’s wort
extracts exert their antidepressant actions by inhibiting the reuptake of the
neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
5. This action is possibly due to the constituent
6. By making more of these neurotransmitters available to the brain, St.
John’s wort is able to act as an antidepressant
the Science Says About St. John’s Wort for Depression
Study results on the effectiveness
of St. John’s wort for depression are mixed.
- A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies
suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an
inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as
effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of
mild to moderate severity. St. John’s Wort also appeared to have
fewer side effects than standard antidepressants. The studies—conducted in
German-speaking countries where St. John’s Wort has a long history of
use by medical professionals—reported more positive results than those
done in other countries, including the United States.
- Preliminary studies suggest that St. John’s Wort
may prevent nerve cells in the brain from reabsorbing certain chemical
messengers, including dopamine and serotonin. Scientists have found that
these naturally occurring chemicals are involved in regulating mood, but
they are unsure exactly how they work.
of Maryland Study:
St. John's wort (Hypericum
perforatum) has a history of being used as a medicine dating back to
ancient Greece, where it was used for a range of illnesses, including various
"nervous disorders." St. John's wort also has antibacterial and
antiviral properties. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it has been
applied to the skin to help heal wounds and burns. St. John's wort is one of
the most commonly purchased herbal products in the United States.*
In recent years, St. John's wort has
been studied extensively as a treatment for depression. Most studies show that
St. John's wort may help treat mild-to-moderate depression, and has fewer side
effects than most other prescription antidepressants. But it interacts with a
number of medications, so it should be taken only under the guidance of a
health care provider.
You shouldn’t try to treat severe
depression -- where you may not be able to function day to day, or have
thoughts of harming yourself or others -- with herbs. Always see a doctor if
your depression is making it hard for you to function (See
There is good evidence that St.
John's wort may reduce symptoms in people with mild-to-moderate but not severe
(or major) depression. In many studies it seems to work as well as selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a popular type of antidepressant that doctors
often prescribe first to treat depression. They include fluoxetine (Prozac),
citalopram (Celexa), and sertraline (Zoloft). In addition, St. John's wort
doesn’t seem to have one of the most common side effects of antidepressants,
which is loss of sex drive.*
St. John's wort contains several
chemicals, including hypericin, hyperforin, and flavonoids. Researchers aren't
exactly sure how St. John's wort works. Some have suggested that the herb acts
similar to an SSRI, making more of the brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine, and
norepinephrine available. These neurotransmitters help improve one's mood.
Scientists thought that hypericin was responsible, but now they believe that
other chemicals in St. John's wort may help.*
Not all studies agree, however. In one
study, St. John's wort was found to be no more effective than placebo for
treating depression. But these studies should be weighed against the majority
that have found St. John's wort helps depression. For example, in the same
study, Zoloft also failed to show any benefit in treating depression. Many
other studies have compared St. John's wort to Prozac, Celexa, paroxetine
(Paxil), and Zoloft, and found that the herb works as well as the drug. Other
studies are ongoing.
St. John's wort has also shown
promise in treating the following conditions, a few of which are related to
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS): An early study suggests that St. John's wort may help
relieve physical and emotional symptoms of PMS in some women, including
cramps, irritability, food cravings, and breast tenderness.*
Two studies suggest that St. John's wort, combined with black cohosh,
helps improve mood and anxiety during menopause.*
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD): Used alone, St. John's wort has improved mood in
people with SAD, a type of depression that occurs during the winter months
because of lack of sunlight. SAD is usually treated with light therapy,
and there is some evidence that using St. John's wort together with
phototherapy works even better.*
- Eczema, wounds, minor burns, hemorrhoids: St. John's wort has antibacterial properties and may
also help fight inflammation. Applied topically (to the skin), it may
relieve symptoms associated with minor wounds and skin irritation.*
- Obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia: One early open-label study found that taking St.
John's wort 450 mg two times a day for 12 weeks improved OCD symptoms. But
two other studies found that St. John's wort didn’t help OCD.*
St. John's wort is a shrubby plant
with clusters of yellow flowers that have oval, elongated petals. Scientists
believe it is native to Europe, parts of Asia and Africa, and the western
United States. The plant gets its name because it is often in full bloom around
June 24, the day traditionally celebrated as the birthday of John the Baptist.
Both the flowers and leaves are used as medicine.
It Made Of?
The best-studied active components
are hypericin and pseudohypericin, found in both the leaves and flowers.
Researchers now think that these components may not be responsible for St.
John’s wort’s healing properties. Scientists are now studying St. John's wort's
essential oils and flavonoids.
LifeSource Vitamins St. John's Wort helps with Depression,
Anxiety, PMS Relief, Ear Infections, Cold Sores, Ulcerative Colitis, Vitiligo,
Menopause and Wound Healing. *
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