Serotonin drugs are effective because this natural neurotransmitter helps the brain function, relieves depression and relaxes the mind. But the drugs work by blocking the body's normal ability to destroy serotonin once it has been created. Blocking agents block other normal chemical functions as well, resulting in such unwanted side effects as diminished sex drive and performance, dry mouth and constipation, to say nothing of slowed metabolism, which, of course, can stall weight loss.
The safe way to build up the serotonin level is to enable the body to manufacture its own serotonin by taking the immediate precursor to serotonin. This natural substance does not block a reaction, but simply enables a reaction to take place. The precursor to serotonin is a chemical called tryptophan; its immediate precursor is 5-hydroxy tryptophan, a popular vitanutrient available in health food stores.
Other natural substances for depression include N-acetyl tyrosine, S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe), St. John's Wort, acetyl L-carnitine, phosphatidyl serine and most of the B complex vitamins. These supplements relieve anxiety, as do inositol, GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), kava kava and valerian.
It would be inappropriate to go into full detail about how to determine dosages to replace antidepressant pharmaceuticals with safe, effective natural substances. It takes considerable experience to individualize the dosage and combination of therapies. But do know that you can get off anti-depressant pharmaceuticals with the help of a complementary physician experienced in managing depression and anxiety.
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