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Sensitivity to Sunlight.

St. John's Wort definitely increases your sensitivity to sunlight, which can be a minor problem for those of you who suntan frequently or must spend a great deal of time outdoors.


Potential (minor) Weight Loss.

For many people this can be a good thing. Many people say that they took St. John's Wort because of their depression, but also found that is has helped them lose a bit of weight. There are even brands of "Diet pills" in the U.S. that actually contain St. John's Wort as the active

What foods should I avoid?

There has been much debate in this area recently, as it was believed that St. John's Wort exhibits MAOI traits. If this is true, then people must avoid foods like red wine, alcohol in general, aged cheeses, sausage, etc. Doctors and researchers today believe that St. John's Wort does not exhibit these properties, and therefore you need not be extremely concerned with the foods you eat.

If you are concerned about this, consult your doctor and get a medical opinion. And have your blood pressure checked before and a few weeks after you start taking St. John's Wort. When in doubt, play it safe.

General Cautions

If you are pregnant, please do not take St. John's Wort. If you are taking any heart medication, please consult your doctor before taking St. John's Wort.

If you are currently taking multiple antidepressants besides the SSRI-based ones (Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Serzone, etc.), please consult your doctor before stopping them all and taking St. John's Wort.


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