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Re: Has anyone tried natural antidepressants? PaulB

Posted by sl on May 25, 2001, at 7:48:03

In reply to Re: Has anyone tried natural antidepressants?, posted by PaulB on May 23, 2001, at 17:09:07

>much quicker results than with the St Johns Wort. They include serotonin precursors-L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP and dopamine/noradrenaline precursors L-Phenylalanine and L-Tyrosine.

Um. Do you know what the L- means?
I know phenylalanine is in a lot of foods and I'm curious if that has any effect or if the L really means something important.

> There is also SAM-E which may work syngernistically with these amino acids to enahance the synthesis of neurotransmitters.

I'm taking that currently and it seems to keep me fairly level. It's very weird to BE fairly level. :P And I guess I just need something to back it up and keep my thought-patterns from degenerating.
And you seem to know your stuff so I thought I'd ask.

> suffer from severe depression I would recommend an SSRI over SJW although 5-HTP has shown effaciousness comparable to the SSRIS and L-Tyrosine has shown effaciousness comparable to some TCA's.

Well, SSRIs don't work for me anyway. So I could try L-Tyrosine then?


sl


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