SAM-e

SAM-e (S-Adenosyl methionine) is an amino acid derivative needed by the body for at least 40 biochemical reactions. It has a reputation as one the most effective natural anti-depressants, supporting a positive outlook without any of the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs.

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SAM-e (S-Adenosyl methionine) is an amino acid derivative needed by the body for at least 40 biochemical reactions. It has a reputation as the most effective natural anti-depressant, without any of the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs. It was first discovered in 1952 in Italy, and naturally occurs throughout the body when you are in good health. Aging processes, nutrient deficiency, sickness and depression can deplete SAM-e levels, indicating a need for supplementation.

SAM-e Benefits

SAM-e is involved in the manufacture of hormones, cell membranes and mood regulating neurotransmitters. It is a potent mood elevator, energy enhancer, promoter of cell regeneration, neuromuscular balancer and joint mobiliser. It helps maintain cartilage and may support prevention and repair of liver damage.

Studies show SAM-e may be effective in treating depression, fibromyalgia, joint pain, osteoarthritis, liver dysfunction and migraines.

SAM-e is best taken alongside a vitamin B complex to maximise efficacy and prevent side effects.

SAM-e Side Effects and Contraindications

Contraindicated when taking MAOI antidepressant medications. Contraindicated in cases of bipolar disorder unless under close medical supervision as it may promote the manic phase. Contraindicated in Parkinson’s disease as it may aggravate some symptoms. Possible side effects include gastrointestinal upsets: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion. Anxiety, headache, insomnia and allergies may also be experienced.
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