Antioxidants for Oxidative Stress in Depression

Depression is usually treated with a combination of therapy and medication, as well as lifestyle changes. However, It is also becoming clear that the patients with major depression are exposed to oxidative stress.

Certain foods and ingredients have been linked to lessening depression including antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize harmful free radicals that cause aging, disease and reduced mental functioning.

A lack of vitamin C has been linked with depression. According to Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., one of the most common effects of vitamin C deficiency is depression.

Francine Grodstein, ScD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, studied the effects of beta carotene on memory and cognitive functioning, concluding that beta carotene can boost memory and reduce chances of dementia.

According to a study performed by researchers at the Clinical Research Center for Mental Health in Antwerp, Belgium, people with major depression have low levels of vitamin E.
Trace elements that are components of antioxidant enzymes, such as selenium, copper, zinc, manganese. Non-nutrients such as ubiquinone (coenzyme Q) and phenolic compounds, such as phytoestrogens, flavonoids, phenolic acids and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are highly benficial.