**I’ll start this thread off with an ATS disclaimer. This is an information only post, and is not a prescription for any supplement, or diagnosis
for any ailment, nor does any of this reflect the opinions, or views of the owners of ATS.
As I stated in my last thread, on Melatonin, I was going to post a supplemental thread on how I defeated SAD, and a mild case of depression.
Many people have difficulties with SAD, and/or mild depression. Now what works for some people may not work for everyone, but this combination has
work on a wide spectrum of people that I personally know, including myself.
The three main ingredients are at drinking at least 40 ounces of water a day, which most people don't do, 5000 iu's of Vitamin D3, a good
multi-vitamin for men/women and 100mg of 5-HTP daily.
OK, so what the heck is 5-HTP and is it legal?
The answer is 100% yes and it's 100% natural, it comes from an plant in Africa called "Griffonia simplicifolia".
The seeds of the plant are used as an herbal supplement for their 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP ) content.  5-Hydroxytryptophan is an important
building block for the human body to form serotonin.  Serotonin plays an important role in the body specially as a neurotransmitter to transport
signals between neurons in the nervous system. Griffonia simplicifolia also has a legume lectin called GS Isolectin B4, which binds to
alpha-D-galactosyl residues of polysaccharides and glycoproteins.
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), also known as oxitriptan (INN), is a naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as a metabolic
intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan.
Wiki comments that HTP-5 is effective, but makes a comment on how " though a lack of high quality studies has been noted. More and larger studies
are needed to determine if 5-HTP is truly effective in treating depression."
I wonder which large Pharma did that edited.
I have used it on and off for years, and it has really worked well, when I felt episodes of SAD in the winter coming on. It knock the SAD out every
single time it started to occur, and I didn't feel that sense of impending doom throughout the winter. Was I cured? no, but it sure took the edge off
long enough to get my balance again.
Now granted I wasn't running around tossing roses to everyone I saw, but I felt normal again and not in the surreal world of mild depression.
A proper diet, exercise, and nutrition are important to facilitate any supplements taken, so in essence this speeds up the effectiveness of
supplements taken and the results are much more pronounced. How do I know? I have done both, without a proper diet, exercise and nutrition the
supplements will still work, just not as well.
I hope this helped and I will continue with my personal information on herbs, salves, and natural alternatives that have personally worked for me over
the years 100%.
My next topic will be removing moles, skin tags and warts with almost 100% effectiveness without surgery. It will be very in depth and with lots of
edit on 8-3-2012 by Realtruth because: (no reason given)