ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

SURVEY: Cognitive Impairment II

Top 3 Nutrients to Detox the Liver and Soothe Digestion

Natural Bladder Control, Go Less and Live More

Top Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies — Are You at Risk?

Vital Molecule Increases Cellular Energy and Improves Cognitive Function

Omega Fix for Obesity: How the Right Fats Fight Fat

How Pomegranate May Protect Against Cancer

Trimming the spare tire: Canola oil may cut belly fat

The Onion: Cancer Fighter and Food Preserver

Probiotics improve cognition in Alzheimer's patients

 
Print Page
Email Article

CFS/FM Specialist Dr. Richard Podell on SAMe: The Body's Mood Balancer

  [ 11 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By Richard Podell, MD, MPH • www.ProHealth.com • February 8, 2012


Dr. Podell is a clinical professor at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has special interests in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia, stress related disorders, and clinical nutrition, and has offices in Springfield and Somerset New Jersey. This information is reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Podell's Facebook page ©2012. For more information please see his educational website, www.drpodell.org.

____________________

Fighting Depression: S-Adenosyl Methionine [SAMe],
an effective natural “alternative medicine” treatment


Many persons with depression continue to be depressed despite partial improvement with standard anti-depressant medicine such as Prozac. Others remain depressed because side effects prevent their using these drugs.
 
S-Adenoslyl Methionine, (called SAMe, as in Sammy) is a natural amino acid with more than ten double blind studies showing benefit for depression. Because several of these studies were not well-designed and because most were not done in the USA, U.S. physicians have remained skeptical about using SAMe as a treatment for depression.
 
Now, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have added proof to SAMe’s case. Their subjects were 73 persons who had remained depressed despite their continuing on standard Prozac-like anti-depressants. Their drug treatment was continued, and half the group also added SAME (working up to 1600 mg daily). The others added a placebo.

• Using the standard Hamilton depression scale to score symptoms, over the next six weeks, 25.8% of persons taking placebo improved. With the SAMe the improvement rate was 36.1%, a statistically significant difference.

• Side effects and drop-outs were less frequent among persons taking SAMe compared to placebo.

• Patients taking SAMe also improved their ability to recall information. This cognitive benefit was independent of whether SAMe helped the depression. (Question: Might SAMe’s cognitive benefit help “fibro-fog”?)

Comments:  SAMe improved outcomes for a difficult group of depressed patients. This research adds further proof that SAMe is an effective natural “alternative medicine” depression treatment. [As Dr. Podell defines it, a treatment that "maximizes support for the body's natural healing systems."]

That only a modest number of patients improved despite adding SAMe to drug treatment shows us we still have a way to go in understanding depression.
 
SAMe - like most anti-depressants - has the potential to trigger “manic phase” among some persons with bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. Definitely take SAMe with medical supervision…
 
Two research abstracts about SAMe that you and your physicians might view:

“S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) augmentation of serotonin reuptake inhibitors for antidepressant nonresponders with major depressive disorder: a double-blind, randomized clinical trial,” American Journal of Psychiatry, Aug 2010 (Full text article.)

“Effects of S-adenosylmethionine augmentation of serotonin-reuptake inhibitor antidepressants on cognitive symptoms of major depressive disorderEuropean Psychiatry, Jun 10, 2011.
 
- Richard N. Podell, MD, June 30, 2011
____

Note: This information is reproduced with kind permission from Dr. Richard Podell’s Facebook page ©Richard Podell, 2012. It has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Podell; is not meant to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any illness, condition or disease; and is not intended to replace a  one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional. It is very important that you make no change in your healthcare plan or health support regimen without researching and discussing it in collaboration with your professional healthcare team.




Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Vitamin D3 Extreme™


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
FibroSleep™ FibroSleep™
The All-in-One Natural Sleep Aid

Natural Remedies

The Fast-Acting Solution for Healthy Digestive Function The Fast-Acting Solution for Healthy Digestive Function
Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health Herbal Inflammation Management for Whole Body Health
Ubiquinol - A More Advanced Form of the Energy Producing Nutrient CoQ-10 Ubiquinol - A More Advanced Form of the Energy Producing Nutrient CoQ-10
Rejuvenating the Brain - How PQQ Helps Power Up Mental Processing Rejuvenating the Brain - How PQQ Helps Power Up Mental Processing
Block food Cravings At Their Molecular Root Block food Cravings At Their Molecular Root

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS
Get the latest news about Fibromyalgia, M.E/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease and Natural Wellness

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map