Getting the Blues from the White Stuff?
A bout of depression at this time of year is not unusual. If you’re experiencing the winter blues while digging your car out of the snow or on a bummer about heading back to work for another year, you’re not alone. Feeling low can be triggered by such simple things as a head cold or a rough night’s sleep.
Everybody gets discouraged sometimes. But, if there’s a dark cloud hanging over you that persists for weeks or interferes with your ability to function, it may be a case of clinical depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 17% of all adults are affected by clinically diagnosed depression which is a serious mental illness.
Symptoms of Depression:
- Pessimistic thoughts
- Feeling useless and helpless
- Chronic unhappiness
- No interest in hobbies
- Feelings of anxiety or grumpiness
- Changes of sleep patterns
- Changes in eating habits
- Thoughts of Suicide
When a person has been experiencing symptoms for over two weeks, but does not fill all the same criteria as major depression, this is called “Minor Depression”.
“Major Depression” is characterized by an inability to function normally. It can impact schooling, work, leisure, sleeping and eating. This type of depression may only be experienced once but multiple episodes are not uncommon.
Depression that lasts for two years or more can be diagnosed as “Dysthymia”. Those with Dysthymia are not debilitated by the illness.
“Seasonal Affective Disorder” or SAD is experienced in the dark winter months. It can be partially due to a lack of Vitamin D3 from the sun. This can be treated with a combination of light therapy, psychotherapy and prescribed medication.
GH3 Lifts Mood
In 1957 procaine was prepared in a new formula now known as Gerovital-H3 (GH3). This formula has practically no side effects if administered in therapeutic doses. The vitamin is para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), and the compound is GH3 or Gerovital.[the_ad id=”953″]
What is GH3?
GH3 is a formulation of procaine hydrochloride buffered and stabilized with potassium metabisulfite and benzoic acid. Procaine hydrochloride is metabolized in the body, producing PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) and DEAE (diethyl amino ethanol), which are vitaminic precursors to the formation of folic acid, choline, and acetylcholine. Thus GH3 is rightly considered a “pro-vitamin”—a compound that leads directly to the formation of vitamins in the human body. As such, domestic GH3 tablets are protected for sale by the Dietary Supplements Act of 1994.
How does GH3 Gerovital Work?
As we age, MAO (monoamine oxidase) builds up in the body taking the place of other substances that are present in higher proportions when we are young. This causes an imbalance. High MAO levels can cause depression, pessimism, tiredness, confusion, mental decay and loss of vitality. GH3 restores normal MAO levels and increases serotonin.