Health Experts Warn Depressed Consumers -- Not All St John's Wort is the Same

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News that Extracts of St. John's Wort are now proven to be as effective as pharmaceutical drugs in reducing the symptoms of major depression has sent sales of the herb soaring at online retailer Solgar.co.uk. However the retailer has urged caution to the "Depressed Consumers" looking for a quick solution. "Just because it says St Johns Wort on the label, don't be misled into thinking they are all the same".

Solgar St John's Wort

I advise anyone wishing to use St John's Wort, as a 'successful' alternative to pharmaceutical medication, to research and invest wisely; otherwise, sadly, it can lead to a negative response, causing further frustration for the consumer.

Leading online vitamin and herb retailer Solgar.co.uk has reported a three-fold increase in sales of the popular herb St John's Wort since news broke that the herb is now considered to be effective for the treatment of major depression.

Scientists at the Centre for Complementary Medicine in Munich reviewed 29 studies involving 5,489 patients with mild to moderately severe depression found St John's Wort, to be just as effective as standard anti-depressants, and has fewer side effects than standard anti-depressants.

Following this latest news, health experts are concerned that eager consumers, now keen to try the 'mood lifting' herb, may be wasting time and money on remedies that are not effective, due to the preparation not being correct. St John's Wort products can differ greatly and some maybe more effective than others.

Medical nutritionist and mental health expert Naomi Beinart comments: "Consumers need to be careful and look for standardised St John's Wort, that will provide the guaranteed amount of the scientifically researched 'active' ingredient in the herb, to ensure effectiveness".

The optimal dosage for major depression, suggested by the majority of medical studies, is 300mg of Hypericum (St. John's Wort), containing 0.3% of the active ingredient, hypericin , taken up to three times per day. Only certain herbal remedies on the market will contain this exact measurement.

"I advise anyone wishing to use St John's Wort, as a 'successful' alternative to pharmaceutical medication, to research and invest wisely; otherwise, sadly, it can lead to a negative response, causing further frustration for the consumer." says Beinart.

Solgar Vitamin & Herb use the finest quality, sustainable St John's Wort. Standardised 300mg capsules (containing 0.3% hypericin) are prescribed by health experts around the world. Solgar St John's Wort retails at £12.65 for 50 (Vegetarian) capsules.

Boots Herbal Stores distribute Solgar St John's Wort from their online store at solgar.co.uk

Notes on St John's Wort
St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) has been used for some 2,000 years as a treatment for depression. In Germany, where it is currently the leading treatment for this condition, physicians write more than 3 million prescriptions for it every year - 25 times more than for Prozac.

Potential applications of St. John's Wort:

St John's Wort may relieve mild to major depression, anxiety and related sleep disturbances. The primary mechanism of action is due to an MAO inhibiting effect of the compound hypericin. Recent evidence suggests that the mechanism appears to be a re-uptake inhibiting effect on serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.

Extensive research has found that this herb may be effective in anxiety and nervous excitement and may also improve sleep patterns (especially in depressed individuals), due to the impact on serotonin activity in the brain. Interestingly, in depressed patients St John's Wort provided relief of both insomnia and hypersomnia.

For further information please contact:
Keith Woolley
Boots Herbal Stores
solgar.co.uk

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