All research published here is for informational purposes only. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information contained here and review it with their care provider. This is not medical advice and therefore, all readers should consult with their care provider prior to taking supplements.
// St John's Wort
St John's Wort is a flowering shrub that native to Europe and is available as a supplement in teas, liquids, tablets and topical preparations.
Depression, Menopausal symptoms, and Somatic symptom disorder. 1
SJW can interact with a variety of medications and limit the effects of other supplements. 2
SJW has not been studied in depth to determine possible negative effects while pregnant or
breastfeeding and is therefore not recommend in those instances. 3
// GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid)
GABA is an amino acid initially discovered in plants. It exists naturally in many foods such as tomatoes and soybeans. As a supplement, it is available in liquids, tables, and topical
Stress and Anxiety, Sleep Aid, Lowering Blood Pressure, Epilepsy. 5
GABA can interact with blood pressure medications.
GABA has not been studied in depth to determine possible negative effects while pregnant or
breastfeeding and is therefore not recommend in those instances.
SAMe is a compound found naturally in the body that helps regulate hormones. It is available as
a supplement in tablets, muscular injection, and IV. 6
Anxiety, Depression, Osteoarthritis. 7
SAMe can interact with medications especially anti-depressants.
Sufficient studies have not been done on the safety of SAMe as a supplement in pregnancy. The
same is true for breastfeeding. However, using Sam-e while breastfeeding would not be
expected to cause any adverse reactions especially when the infant is older than two months. 8
Kava is a plant native to the pacific islands. It is available as a supplement in powder, tablets, and
Anxiety, Muscular Relaxation, Pain. 9
Kava can interact majorly with Xanax and sedative medications. 10
Research has shown that Kava is effective at treating anxiety short-term. Use over eight weeks
could cause liver damage. However, the main side effect reported in one study was headache. 11
Due to insufficient evidence and possible liver damage, Kava is not considered safe for
pregnancy or breastfeeding.
// Passion Flower
Passion Flower is a flowering vine found in parts of North America and South America. As a supplement is available in powder, capsules, and liquid preparations. 12
Anxiety, Sleep Aid.
Passion flower can interact with medications.
Passion flower extract seems to be effective for managing general anxiety and giving short-term
sleep benefits without serious side effects. 13 14
No studies exist for safety during pregnancy or for breastfeeding.
// Placenta Encapsulation
Placenta Encapsulation is done by dehydrating a placenta, grinding it, and placing it into capsules to be consumed orally. Some consume the placenta raw. The person who births the placenta is usually
the only one who consumes it.
Postpartum Depression, Iron Supplement.
Placenta Capsules have not been found to contain large, or toxic amounts of anything. 15
A study from 2016 showed that placenta capsules can contain around fifteen different hormones and a modest amount of iron and minerals. 16 17
No studies exist for safety during pregnancy or for breastfeeding. However, many believe that the , hormones in the capsules can increase milk supply.
// Omega 3
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in food, such as fish, and as a supplement available in capsules.
Heart Health,, Eye Health, Brain Health, Depression & Anxiety.