I have struggled with depression over the past years, and find that 5-HTP, an amino acid that helps with serotonin, works quite well. I just read a fascinating book on amino acids and the brain (and depression, addiction, etc) and am reading two additional books on amino acids. Lack of amino acids (from our depleted food supply) contributes to "false moods" and often results in depression. I took the tests and began taking the amino acids that I scored deficient in and have a night and day difference!
Several of my friends have tried it as well, with good results.
The test can be found at www.moodcure.com and that will help determine what amino acids you may need. The other books I have read - Julia Ross also wrote The Diet Cure (excellent) and Amino Revolution by Robert Erdmann. Fascinating information
when read by someone who has struggled mightily with depression over the years.
The website reads:
We're in a bad mood epidemic. Depression and anxiety have tripled in the last ten years. The Mood Cure explains why and provides the good news that we can feel better emotionally, without the use of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or
anti-depressants-and the even better news that we can begin to see the results in just one day. The Mood Cure is a comprehensive natural approach that jump-starts your program with brain-fueling amino acids combined with a high-protein, healthy-fat, veggie-rich diet and other nutritional strategies.
Beginning with the 4-part questionnaire to identify your mood type, The Mood Cure will help you to:
Lift the dark cloud of depression
Blast the blahs
Cool anxiety and stress
Comfort oversensitive feelings
Let go of emotional eating
Recover from addictions
Find reliable alternatives to anti-depressants
The Four False Mood Types
Each of the four mood engines in your brain, as represented above, needs a different amino acid fuel. The lower your access to amino fuel, the more False Mood symptoms you develop. The four emotion-generators in your brain are actually called neurotransmitters. Each one powers a different emotional zone in your brain and each has a distinctly different effect on your mood:
The Dark Cloud of Depression
If you're high in serotonin - you're positive, confident, flexible, and easy-going. If you're sinking in serotonin - you'll tend to become negative, obsessive, worried, irritable, and sleepless.
If you're high in catecholamines - you're energized, upbeat, and alert. If your catecholamines have crashed - you'll sink into a flat apathetic funk.
Anxiety and Stress
If you're high in GABA - you're relaxed and stress-free. If there's a gap in your GABA - you'll be wired, stressed, and overwhelmed.
If you're high in endorphins - you're full of cozy feelings of comfort, pleasure, and euphoria. If you're near the end of your endorphins - you'll be crying during commercials and overly sensitive to hurt.
You can replenish any deficiency in your own neurotransmitters using the amino acids as described in The Mood Cure
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