A Natural Supplement to Prevent Postpartum Depression?
And it doesn’t involve taking prescription drugs!
If you’re stuck with the baby blues, science is here to help! Or if you’re planning to have another baby and worry that your postpartum depression will strike again, there’s good news on the way.
Recently a study on postpartum depression and the “baby blues” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States discovered that blueberries and certain amino acids, when combined, can help to prevent postpartum depression before it starts.
And now, researchers have used those findings to create an all-natural supplement helps combat the baby blues, too.
The baby blues happen within the first five days following the birth of a baby. As the mother’s body begins to return itself to its pre-baby state, those hormone fluctuations can cause sadness. Mothers who feel sad after their child’s birth are at a unique risk for developing postpartum depression, which can last for months and often requires medication.
However, science shows that when these natural supplements are taken during the baby blues window, there’s a power effect and that’s really good news!
Even better, when taking this supplement, researchers tested the breast milk of mothers who tried it and there were no negative effects or reduction levels of tryptophan and tyrosine which help moms and baby bond while nursing.
The supplement contains L-tryptophan, L-tyrosine, blueberry juice, and blueberry extract to help reduce what’s called oxidative stress and help moms get to sleep. Mothers expressed overall improvements and increase in happiness. Happy dance for that!
Although this study was performed on a small number of participants, a complete study is expected to take place in the near future.
Still, there is plenty to love about science seeking natural solutions to treat depression outside of traditional medicine to help mothers with the baby blues find healthy ways to feel better after having a baby.
This guest article originally appeared on YourTango.com: There’s A Natural Supplement For Postpartum Blues In The Works — YAY!
Guest Author, P. (2018). A Natural Supplement to Prevent Postpartum Depression?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 1, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/a-natural-supplement-to-prevent-postpartum-depression/