The real cause of depression, and how to fix it

Depression can feel like a test -- and, in some ways, it is.

But it's not a test for you. It's a test for your doctor -- and if his immediate reaction is to put you on antidepressant drugs, he's flunked that test.

He's failed you in a BIG way.

Those meds AREN'T the best way to cure or even ease depression, and that's been proven in dozens of studies over the years.

Some of them can even make depression worse!

Now, new research shows the one step docs should take before even thinking about drugs, and that's to check your levels of essential B vitamins.

Five in particular -- B1, B3, B6, B9, and B12 -- are all used by the neurons in your brain, especially the ones responsible for your mood.

When you fall short in any of them, those neurons can stop firing, and you could face depression.

While any of those B vitamins can lead to mood disorders, the study confirms that one in particular plays a bigger role than the rest: B12.

The researchers say there is a "clear link" between B12 and depression. When your levels drop, so does your mood. And when those levels rise, your mood lifts along with it.

Now, of course, the counter-reaction to meds could be to take a B complex or B12 supplements instead of antidepressants.

That's a step in the right direction.

But it's also not the answer, either -- because if your B levels are low, there has to be a reason for it. And unless you can find and fix that cause, you're never truly going to get better.

Sometimes, it's a nutritional problem. People who aren't getting enough from diet can either improve how they eat or take that supplement (or, ideally, do both).

That's not the MAIN cause of low B12, however -- because in most cases, it's not your DIET.

It's your MEDS!

The same doc who wants to put you on antidepressant drugs to "cure" your depression may have actually caused the condition in the first place by giving you medications that are known to sap B12.

Two of them are very common: the metformin given to diabetics and the proton pump inhibitors taken by patients with heartburn can BOTH rob you of your vitamin B12.

Other types of heartburn meds, ulcer treatments, certain antibiotics, contraceptives, and more can also sap you of B12.

And in a terrible irony, even some antidepressants can also lead to low B12... which is one way the very drug your doc gives to "treat" depression can end up making it worse.

In these cases, supplements may not help much. As long as you're on the B12-sapping meds, it's like trying to fill a bucket with a hole in it.

Work with a holistic medical doctor on finding a safer alternative instead.