In case you haven’t heard, a supplement called 5-HTP may be as effective as prescription medications in treating depression.It is especially helpful in those with “treatment-resistant” forms of depression in which prescription meds were ineffective.Why?Because, unlike traditional antidepressants like the common SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), 5-HTP actually increases the amount of serotonin available for use in the body, whereas SSRIs only prevent the clearing of it from the brain so neurons can “soak” in it longer but don’t increase the amount your brain actually produces.5-HTP has been used in Europe as a depression treatment for decades, but has only more recently become popular in the states.It has also shown promise for conditions like chronic fatigue, obesity, insomnia, PMS, fibromyalgia, and sleep apnea, all of which are associated with low levels of serotonin.
You actually only have HALF the story. 5-HTP only works about as well as a placebo in treating depression. BUT it IS an effective depression treatment. How is that?
Well, 5 HTP BY ITSELF will NOT function as an antidepressant well. That is because there are TWO neurotransmitter systems involved. 5-HTP only stimulates the SEROTONIN system. The problem with this is that using 5-HTP on a regular basis will deplete the DOPAMINE portion of the system and cause the 5-HTP to stop working soon after.
So 5-HTP ALONE is NOT the answer.
However, 5-HTP in COMBINATION with Dopamine precursors in an exact ratio, along wit the aminos and B vitamins involved in the conversion can help in depression NEARLY 100% of the time!!!
How do I know this? This combo has been studied for over 12 years and is being used effectively in over 900 clinics across the US with nearly 100% effectiveness.
5-HTP ALONE will NOT achieve results like this - and like antidepressants, will eventually make the problem WORSE by depleting dopamine!!
Kerri Knox, RN
Effective depression relief using Amino Acid Combination Therapy
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