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Holistic OCD Treatment — Keys to Taking Your Life Back, Pt. 2

Updated: Oct 27, 2023

Alternative Treatment



Supplements


Before discussing more substantial topics, I would briefly go over some of alternative OCD-relieving supplements that might help you. Again, those are NOT promotions. No one paid me for presenting and describing those supplements.




N-Acetyl Cysteine


N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) is a modified form of the amino acid cysteine.

It’s also the precursor to glutathione, your body’s master antioxidant.

More than one study has found that NAC can significantly improve OCD symptoms in more than half of OCD patients (PubMed | NCBI, PubMed | NCBI).


And a systematic review determined that NAC is effective at reducing the severity of OCD symptoms with minimal side effects (NCBI).” Source : Optimal Living Dynamics

You can check out this article all about the benefits of NAC.


“Four clinical trials and five case reports/series were identified. Study durations were commonly 12-weeks, using 2,400–3,000 mg/day of NAC. Overall, NAC demonstrates activity in reducing the severity of symptoms, with a good tolerability profile and minimal adverse effects.” Source : NCBI




Inositol


“Thirteen patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder completed a double-blind, controlled crossover trial of 18 g/day of inositol or placebo for 6 weeks each. The subjects had significantly lower scores on the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale when taking inositol than when taking placebo. The authors conclude that inositol is effective in depression, panic, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, a spectrum of disorders responsive to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.” Source : PubMed | NCBI



Zinc


“Researchers have found that patients with OCD tend to have much lower levels of zinc that individuals without OCD” (Source : PubMed | NCBI).


“And one study showed that zinc supplementation helped reduce obsessions and compulsions without side effects” (Source : PubMed | NCBI). Quotes source : Optimal Living Dynamics




Glycine and Sarcosine


“Glycine is an amino acid commonly found in protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, collagen and gelatin. Glycine is one of three amino acids that your body uses to make glutathione, the master antioxidant in your body.


Supplementing with 60 grams of glycine daily has been shown to reduce OCD symptoms (Source : PubMed | NCBI).”


“Another option is to take sarcosine. Sarcosine is a natural supplement that inhibits the uptake of glycine. By doing this, it increases the availability of glycine in the brain.


Researchers have found that sarcosine can lead to quick, profound and sustained improvements in OCD symptoms (PubMed | NCBI).” Quotes source : Optimal Living Dynamics



Curcumin


“Curcumin is the most heavily researched compound within turmeric, the spice that gives curry its yellow colour. Research shows that curcumin can significantly improve obsessive-compulsive symptoms by increasing seroton