Do not buy the hype. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, and Luvox may not be right for you. Some people buy 50 mg, then 100, 150, then 200 mg of these drugs. Likely many would stand better with 5HTP.
Benefits of 5HTP over pharmaceutical drugs
Do You Feel Depressed?
Coupling 5-HTP with a good diet, vitamins, and regular exercise can help you overcome depression without taking drugs.
5-HTP is a natural antidepressant which elevates serotonin levels naturally. Serotonin is the same neurotransmitter that is artificially manipulated with the street drug Ecstasy and the Pharmaceutical drugs in the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor family (Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Celexa, Luvox...). 5-HTP helps you create more serotonin naturally, lacking many of the common side effects of the above drugs.
What Happened to Tryptophan?
Many Americans (believed to be around 15 million) were taking Tryptophan before Prozac came out. Tryptophan was an extrmely popular weight loss supplement. Within a week of the time Prozac was featured on Time magazine as the "wonder drug of the future," Tryptophan became illegal to take as a supplement.
A bad batch of Tryptophan was linked to a disease called EMS. I am not certain that this bad batch was not in some way paid for by select drug companies. Certainly this would be a bold claim for me to make, but it is not beyond the realm of what I consider reality. Prozac, Profit, and Politics (FDA ban of L tryptophan)
Are Synthetic drugs better than 5-HTP?
Today, your child has Tryptophan (the banned supplement) added to his or her infant formula, clearly showing you that it is obviously not a harmful substance. Tryptophan itself is legal in most countries outside the US and Canada.
The official 5-HTP and Tryptophan US government webpage states that "At the present time, an import alert remains in force which limits the importation of L-tryptophan into the United States, except if it is intended for an exempted use. FDA has provided for the use of manufactured L-tryptophan for special dietary purposes. Manufactured L-tryptophan is a lawful and essential component of foods, such as infant formulas, enteral products and approved parenteral drug products..."
The reason Tryptophan was once harmful is that it is derived from a bacterial process. For years the process of making Tryptophan making went unchanged. Around the time Prozac was to be released some genius from Japan had the idea of trying to make Tryptophan a new way. He used an active charcoal filtration method which was ineffective at filtering out toxic byproducts. His product interaction was tested at the consumer level.
I am not certain that this bad batch of Tryptophan was not in some way paid for by select drug companies. Certainly this would be a bold claim for me to make, but it is not beyond the realm of what I consider reality. Prozac, Profit, and Politics (FDA ban of L tryptophan)
Unlike tryptophan, 5-HTP is naturally occurring substance. 5-HTP comes from the extract of the Griffonia Seed. 5-HTP is a 100% natural cure to depression.
The reason you have never read 5-HTP information is because it does not have a multi billion dollar industry dependant upon it. In fact, the interaction is that drug companies loose money when you get better naturally. General media is filtered to extract profits from consumers, the internet is one of the few places you will ever read about 5-HTP.
Why 5HTP instead of Drugs?
Drug companies are selling over $6,000,000,000 worth of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors a year. Somebody has to buy the Prozac. If SSRI's were deemed bad they would have to be very bad to stop this economic chain. Consider the following
I believe 5-HTP works better than most pharmaceutical drugs and lacks most of the severe side effects. I am not a doctor, but I take 5-HTP as a supplement when I feel unwell.
5-HTP, Can I help spread the message ?
In time with your help I will limit the distribution of greed driven drugs and prevent many minds from experiencing the torture withdrawal causes. Please help, by:
Please note that I am not a doctor and you should consult your physician before taking any supplements or drugs. Caution: do not use 5-HTP in combination with other antidepressants without the consent of a doctor. 5HTP may have a severe interaction with Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac or any of the SSRI's.
If you are a doctor you owe it to your patients to learn information about natural alternatives such as 5-HTP!
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