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Re: Has anyone tried natural antidepressants? PaulB

Posted by Mitch on May 29, 2001, at 13:25:51

In reply to Re: Has anyone tried natural antidepressants?, posted by PaulB on May 25, 2001, at 12:57:53

Paul,

This is an interesting discussion. Do you know anything about how much phenylalanine is in Diet Coke and other aspartame containing drinks?
I seem to be a Diet soda junky and seem to crave them a lot. Could they be helping depression?

Mitch

> Phenylalanine is the precursor to Tyrosine. They both in their D+L forms increase levels of dopamine and noradrenaline in the brain. Phenylalanine both in its D+L form increases the level of phenylethylamine(PEA) while Tyrosine will will increase levels of two other neurotransmitters, Octamine and Tyramine. This is why a doctor will warn you about what not food to eat when taking MAO's because some foods contain Phenylalanine which which raise, Tyrosine and hence Tyramine levels. Generally speaking its the L-form of amino acids thats used as antidepressants.


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