By | Published On: August 23, 2010 |

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Several times in the past few months I’ve had clients who’ve experienced unhappiness or mild depression. In assessing their lives and how they’re feeling I’ve recommended they take a really uplifting cure for mild depression called 5HTP. This tablet comes in 50mg doses, is available from Nutritional supplement companies and essentially boosts the production of a vital brain chemical called Serotonin. Serotonin is responsible for our appetite, mood and our sleep patterns so it’s essential to maintain it when you’re feeling low.

5HTP is a natural form of the enzyme Tryptophan needed to help you produce and transport Serotonin in the brain. The trouble is it isn’t routinely recognised as a solution and more often anti-depressants are given. Anti-deps are a vital lifeline for severe depression, but are often unnecessary for milder cases, but a Doctor cannot do a full chemical and clinical diagnosis in the 5 minutes they are given to chat to a new patient. Doctors do a great job in tight deadlines, but clinical trials of 5HTP as an alternative to anti-deps are available and I do not know a single Dr. who has advised a patient to take this instead. Maybe you know one? I’d be genuinely interested.