St. John's Wort is recommended during mild or moderate mood swings, depression, and during stress for positive mood and feeling
Over 20 recent clinical studies published in medical journals reveal that St. John's Wort is the leading natural herbal remedy for mild and moderate mood disorders. The active ingredient found in the leaves is hypericin which helps enhance mood by promoting a calming and soothing sense of well being. Our St. John's Wort 300mg capsule Standardized Herbal Extract is standardized to 0.3% Hypericin. Hyperin's have also been shown to assist the body in fighting bacterial and viral infections.
Various studies suggest that hypericin's have the ability to affect the life cycle of retroviruses. Suppression of a retrovirus in animals suggests the possibility of hypericin's potential in human AIDS. Other studies have confirmed its ability to inactivate the human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1). Studies on hypericin's antibacterial activities are limited.
The primary antidepressive mechanism of St. John's wort is its ability to inhibit monoamine oxidase (MAO), but it has also been demonstrated to inhibit the reuptake of serotonin.[1,4] Data is limited but it appears to act as an SSRI.  (SSRI= Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitor such as Prozac Dista, Paxil SK Beecham, and Zoloft Roerig)
1. Suzuki O, Katsumata Y, Oya M, et al: Inhibitions of monoamine oxidase by hypericin. Planta Med 50:272-274, 1984.
2. Meruelo D, Lavie G, Lavie D: Therapeutic agents with dramatic antiretroviral activity and little toxicity at therapeutic doses: Aromatic polycyclic diones hypericin and pseudohypericin. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 86:5230-5234, 1988.
3. Hudson JB, Lopez-Bazzocchi I, Towers GH: Antiviral activities of hypericin. Antiviral Res 15(2):101-112, 1991.
4. Perovic S, et al: Pharmacological profile of hypericum extract: Effect on serotonin uptake by postsynaptic receptors. Arzneimittelforschung 45:1145-1148, 1995.
5. Wincor MZ, et al: St. John's wort and the treatment of depression. US Pharmacist 22:88-97, 1997.
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