It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
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.
Originally posted by fictitious
reply to post by Realtruth
S&F. I agree with your recommendations. I have also used Saffron. It can be found in the spice aisle. It has been proven to help with mild depression as well. I just ate a pinch from the bottle everyday.
Saffron for Depression
Safrole, also known as shikimol, is a phenylpropene. It is a colorless or slightly yellow oily liquid. It is typically extracted from the root-bark or the fruit of sassafras plants in the form of sassafras oil (although commercially available culinary sassafras oil is usually devoid of safrole via a rule passed by the FDA in 1960), or synthesized from other related methylenedioxy compounds. It is the principal component of brown camphor oil, and is found in small amounts in a wide variety of plants, where it functions as a natural pesticide.
Use in MDMA manufacture
Safrole is listed as a Table I precursor under the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. Due to its role in the manufacture of MDMA, safrole and isosafrole as well as piperonal are Category I precursors under regulation No 273/2004 of the European Community. In the United States, safrole is currently a List I chemical.
Originally posted by Is2012TheEnd
Has anyone here tried St. John's Wart for depression?