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St. John’s Wort’s antidepressant effect is its strongest point. The herb contains a rare combination of antidepressant chemicals that prevent or delay the re uptake of hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, thereby reducing depressive symptoms.
St. John’s Wort also works in combating anxiety and mood swings and in delivering additional energy and pleasure. This herb may be ideal for people with Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, a condition that occurs during the winter months because of a lack of sunlight and goes into remission during the spring and summer months.
St. John’s Wort aids in enhancing your metabolism and internal clock to battle sleeplessness, irritability and chronic fatigue, and in removing chronic stress hormones from the body, boosting health and cognitive function. This herb is also beneficial for women’s health, since it helps reduce sensitivity of pre-menstrual symptoms, improves conditions of women having pre-menstrual and menopausal mood swings and helps alleviate pregnancy-related hemorrhoids or other stretched out areas of the body.
St. John’s Wort regulates hormonal activity, too, since its active ingredients have strong effects on hormone regulation. The herb can lessen hypothyroidism symptoms and aids the thyroid gland in producing adequate amounts of hormones.
St. John’s Wort’s soothing nature and rich concentration of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds can ease pain caused by arthritis, gout, joint discomfort and muscle aches, and help reduce inflammation of the cardiovascular system, helping lower blood pressure levels and stress levels on the heart.
Plus, if you or someone you know is struggling with withdrawal symptoms against cigarettes, alcohol or other addictive substances, St. John’s Wort may curb these addictive tendencies. However, studies are still being conducted on this. Other known health benefits of St. John’s Wort include: