Depression certainly isn’t going to help your bodybuilding progress, and if it’s moderate to severe, you certainly should seek professional help. If you’re just feeling a mild case of down-in-the-dumps anxiety, however, you may want to try a few natural supplements.
An article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (62:1-9; 1995) discusses the positive effect of fatty acids on depression. Subjects were given borage oil due to its high content of omega-6 fatty acids along with a lowfat diet that included fish, which is high in omega-3s. [Note: Muscle-Link’s Omega Stak contains borage oil as well as essential omega-3 fatty acids.]
In addition, ‘Treatment with oral phosphatidylserine markedly improved depressive symptomatolgy in 11 elderly subjects.’ PS is famous in bodybuilding circles for decreasing cortisol, a stress hormone that can force the body to cannibalize muscle tissue. [The most popular PS supplement is Muscle-Link’s Cort-Bloc.] PS’s antidepressant effects are a bonus, as is its ability to improve mental acuity. Mood enhancement, better focus and decreased muscle catabolism’PS is a true triple-threat supplement. IM