In my post, Green Tea and Vitamin B12 for Depression Experiment, I gave some background to how the experiment came to be and outlined the experiment.
In this post, I will be discussing the results of my experiment after giving it a try for one month. I was only able to drink the green tea twice a day. As mentioned in the experiment post the optimal consumption of green tea is four times a day.
However, even at the two cups a day I was able to see some results. From the results, I have had I hope to increase the green tea consumption to three or four cups a day and see if it helps more.
So let’s dive into the results I have had so far after one month of two cups of green tea and vitamin B12 a day. Just as a side note the B12 I used was a sublingual and at 1,000 mcg per pill, taking one pill a day.
I would wake up in a pretty low mood, not wanting to really even get out of bed. I forced myself out of bed and the first thing I would do is have my first cup of Green Tea.
I found that the green tea gave me a boost in mood and an excitement for the day. I was able to get some motivation to be a bit more productive in the morning.
The low mood in the morning before the green tea never went away. I had to struggle in the morning to get up and have that first cup of green tea. Afterward, though there was always a boost of mood and excitement and desire to be productive.
My second cup of green tea was early afternoon. I didn’t want the caffeine to keep me awake at night so I usually had it around 1 o’clock and never after 3 o’clock.
The green tea in the afternoon did help to continue to lessen some of the depression but did not pick me up like the morning cup did. The anxiety could have had something to do with that as I am on a high dose of Clonazepam (anti-anxiety) throughout the day.
Depression brings with it a feeling of being weighted down and your body feels very heavy. By the second week I was feeling lighter, the depression didn’t have as much weight on my body so to say.
The green tea and vitamin B12 continued to work in giving me a burst of being energized in the morning but I still didn’t see that same result in the afternoon after my second cup.
The depression, however, continued to feel lessened, especially in the mornings. By late afternoon the depression would start to weigh itself down on me again.
The struggle was like a ping-pong match. Although feeling lighter the depression was still there, giving me thoughts and feelings typical of depression.
During the second week of the green tea and vitamin B12 experiment, however, I started to notice that the suicidal thoughts and the fantasies around death started to become less.
On average I would have several suicidal thoughts an hour or see my death at the hands of someone else. By the second week of this experiment that lessened to several times a day.
That was a huge success. I didn’t notice it at first. It took me a bit to realize that I wasn’t having those thoughts nearly as much as I was before the experiment.
The anxiety though was still an issue and having to take the Clonazepam about every 3 hours to keep it in check.
By about mid second week my mood in the morning was also slightly better. It was much easier to get up and have that first cup of green tea. By the end of the second week, the anxiety also started to lessen and I wasn’t taking as much Clonazepam.
Going into week three things continued to get slightly better. The mornings were getting a bit easier and it wasn’t as hard to get out of bed to get the day going. The anxiety continued to get a little bit better but I would still have some days that were hard and the old anxiety and depression levels would come back.
I still found that by early evening I needed to get home and lay down. The green tea did not continue its effects for more than a few hours after the early afternoon cup.
I would be able to spend the late morning to early evening with my dad and be productive, have the desire and motivation to do things but by early evening it would suddenly crash.
The anxiety would hit hard and the depression levels would drop as well. This forced me to have to leave my parents house and go home. Just needing to be back in a comfort zone.
I found that the drive and motivation would be gone as well and often just found myself laying on the couch waiting for time to go by and waiting to go to bed. This was no different from the previous weeks since starting the experiment.
It dawned on me that I should pick up some decaf green tea in order to be able to have a third and fourth cup throughout the afternoon and evening. I never did get around to picking that up though.
The suicidal and death thoughts continued to get better and occur less often. Even the desire to die started to lessen which was a huge deal as the desire to die consumed me.
As the one month trial comes to an end, I have found that the benefits of the green tea and vitamin B12 have only increased the positive’s mentioned above.
The suicidal thinking has drastically decreased since beginning this experiment. My nightly praying for death during my sleep, some kind of terminal illness, or death at the hands of someone else is no longer a nightly thing.
Throughout the day the motivation and productivity are still mostly just in the mornings. The second cup of tea in the early afternoon does give a slight boost, but I don’t notice it like I do first thing in the morning.
The anxiety is slightly lessened but I am still having to take the Clonazepam throughout the day.
I have also noticed that the negative thinking and beating myself up with negative thoughts have slowed.
I don’t necessarily have positive thoughts about myself, it’s more like a blank hole where all that negative thinking was coming from. Or the signal line that those thoughts would come from has slowed down.
In conclusion, I think this experiment has been a success, even at only 2 cups of green tea a day when the recommended optimal is 4 cups. I do plan to buy some decaf green tea so that I can continue to have it later in the day.
I will definitely continue with the green tea and the vitamin B12 as the benefits have been great so far. I hope that they will continue to benefit me especially with adding the additional 2 cups of tea in the later part of the day.
For anyone suffering from depression I definitely recommend that you give this a try. It is a slower process of feeling the benefits so you will have to be set to take it for the long run.
I still struggle with many aspects of the depression but it has lifted the heaviness of the depression. Drinking the green tea and taking the vitamin B12 every day has also lessened the suicidal thoughts and death thoughts that were a daily thing. Not only were they daily thoughts but they were thoughts I had several times an hour.
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