St. John's Wort has been around for some time now and many people are taking notice. But for every person that takes the plunge and purchases this wonderful herb, there are many who are hesitant. This review is for the latter. As you can already tell I am biased towards this herb extract for two main reasons - it has helped wean me off of smoking (comparable to Zyban/Bupropion) and has served as a mild but potent mood elevator.
My father is a psychologist and he is not in a business where he is at liberty to hand out unproven and untested supplements. However, on his private time he has been reccomending this herb for about 8 years now, to friends and family. After many years of refusing to try St. John's Wort and leaving it on the back burner of my mind I decided to give it a try because of an optimistic recommendation from a close friend after my father had suggested it to him.
After only 2 days at a dose of three capsules a day (morning, noon, and night) I began to see a major withdrawal of my cravings to smoke. My half smoked cigarettes that lined the ashtray were a pleasant sight to the eyes and I knew that something had changed. I must confess that I had always been a smoker that thoroughly enjoyed a pack and a half a day for many years. I am now down to the occasional cigarette break with coffee or an occasional drink. The good news for you however, is that if it did that much for an avid smoker like myself, imagine what it can do for the occasional smoker.
One great side effect that I hadn't expected was the mood elevation. It is subtle and barely noticeable but there is a spring in my step upon waking up now (great for coffee cessation too). I can delve into all the reasons it elevates my mood by increasing serotonin and the like, but if you're like me, all you care about is whether or not it works ..so I'll leave it at that.
My preferred brand is Trader Joe's brand St. John's Wort. It comes in capsule form (tasteless and odourless) with a hundred count in each bottle. For eight dollars a bottle it is a steal and the first prudent step for anyone that's serious about quitting, or cutting down on their smoking habit.