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Sounding an awful lot like a medieval topical remedy deployed to remove unwanted growths or boils, St. John's Wort is not the most attractive name for this historic plant root remedy. The truth is though, that the name aside, this is an unbelievably potent natural antidepressant.
Hypericum Perforatum has been used as a mood booster for centuries. So much so that it was even utilised by Hippocrates himself (the father of all modern medicine) in his studies. It gets its unusual name because of its tendency to bloom around the 24th of June each year – St. John the Baptist's birthday. Wort, a word with a definition that could so easily be skewed, simply means plant.
The plant is native to Europe but is now more likely to be found on the roadsides of the USA or Canada where it flourishes under the guise of a common weed. In Australia, where St John’s Wort is by no means indigenous, the flower is cultivated to the extent that the country now grows around 20% of the world's supply.
Fascinatingly, the active ingredients in Swanson Superior Herbs St John's Wort, when isolated, can be deactivated by natural light, so the capsules the remedy is contained within have to be coloured to protect the contents.
There are two active agents inside Swanson Superior Herbs St John's Wort and they work in synchronisation to deliver you a better mood, superior sleep patterns and improved general wellbeing. These agents are called Hypericin and Hyperforin.
Hypericin and Hyperforin work by acting on our brain's chemical reactors, or neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are effectively chemical agents which our brain releases and engages to help regulate our mood. When we have used them, they recede and become inactive again.
In other words - something stimulates us to be happy, our brain releases a neurotransmitter, we feel happy, that neurotransmitter is reabsorbed by our brain and the becomes inactive - our mood fades.
For most of us our brain provides enough to maintain a good mood, we no longer need that neurotransmitter to guide those sensations. For some though, it can be harder to maintain – in the absence of the neurotransmitter, their good mood fails and they can suffer from mild depression. Swanson Superior Herbs St John's Wort helps to stop those chemical agents from being reabsorbed by our brain so their effects can be felt for longer.
Clinical guidelines from the American College of Physicians Society of Internal Medicine suggest that Swanson Superior Herbs St John's Wort is so potent that it could be taken alongside a course of antidepressants to battle depression. By itself it is an accomplished mood booster and can be used to help with a host of problems.