The real truth: antidepressants actually deplete these 3 crucial nutrients for the brain

Magnesium

This vital mineral is involved with over 300 biochemical reactions within the human body. It is involved in hormonal, neurotransmitter, and hormonal activity, which are highly imperative to the stability of brain and mood function. The brain relies heavily on magnesium for optimal function, as it can reduce depression, irritability and anxiety.

A lot of people nowadays have a deficiency in magnesium and may be exhibiting symptoms and not know of it: 

  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nausea
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness, cramps, tremors, and spasms
  • Headaches and migraines
These side effects are eerily similar to those on the side effects in commercials for psychiatric meds. Research has revealed that stimulants and antidepressants clean the body of its magnesium supply, causing a deficiency. Having little to no magnesium in the body can lead to neuropsychiatric illnesses. This leads to insomnia, seizures, ADHD, pain, depression, premenstrual syndrome, schizophrenia, IQ loss, short-term memory, anxiety and drug abuse.
In case studies, many patients with major depression and schizophrenia who tried to take their lives had little to no magnesium in their cerebrospinal fluid. If you have a mental illness, and need medication to treat it, add in magnesium supplements into your diet. Also, eat foods rich in magnesium like spinach, dark chocolate, halibut, beets, almonds, Swiss chard, avocados and pumpkin seeds.

B Vitamins

A number of B vitamins are also depleted by psychiatric medication, including B2, B6, B12 and folate. Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, plays a key role in metabolizing energy. A deficiency can affect the entire body, causing weight gain, low energy and skin and thyroid problems.

Antipsychotics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants and mood stabilizers can prevent the absorption of vitamin B2, requiring you to take a supplement. Low levels of vitamin B2 have been found in people with depression, so giving them psychiatric medications can actually make them feel worse in the long term ahead.

Healthy food sources of riboflavin include pastured eggs, leafy vegetables, beef liver, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, and almonds. Vitamin B6 is another key nutrient that boosts mood, deepens sleep, and supports your nervous system. It does this by playing a key role in the production of many neurotransmitters in your brain, including serotonin, GABA and dopamine.

Although, since psychiatric medications alter these neurotransmitters, vitamin B6 levels can be affected. When I took antidepressants, multiple functional and integrative doctors suggested I supplement with vitamin B6.

This is due to the fact that antidepressants and benzodiazepines have been shown to lower B6 levels in the body. Symptoms of deficiency include depression, mental confusion, weakness, insomnia and severe PMS symptoms. A few good sources of vitamin B6 includes potatoes, bananas and chicken.
Vitamin B12 and folate are essential B vitamins that play a key role in methylation, one of the most important processes in your body and brain for stabilized energy and function of the nervous system. If you are depressed, you could have lower levels of B12 and folate circulating in your blood, and people with low blood folate and B12 are at a much greater risk for developing depression.
Yet, instead of looking at folate and B12 levels in the blood, doctors often prescribe antidepressants, antipsychotics, anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines and mood stabilizers, that have been shown to deplete folate and B12 levels in the body.
B12 and folate deficiency can lead to an inability to methylate properly and increased homocysteine levels. This can worsen your depression, irritability, confusion, fatigue and forgetfulness. Good dietary sources of natural folate include leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries. B12 is found primarily in animal foods, and beef liver is a good source.