of 5-htp, Zinc, Vitamins C, B1, B3, B6 and Magnesium, will help you
(5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a brain chemical that is a vital
building block of the neurotransmitter 5-ht, or Serotonin
- our "happiness chemical".
is our "Sleep inducing" brain chemical.
5-hydroxytryptophan and no sleep is bound to make Jack a stressed out, depressed and
...they say that in World War 2 , sleep
deprivation was one of the most successful forms of torture...
The 5-htp Pathway to Melatonin, and good rest, starts with a good
digestive system - and here we need to understand that good stomach
acid is vital.
For good stomach acid, we need plenty of Zinc, Vit B1 and Vit B6.
Many people suffering from depression and anxiety have low stomach
acid, and digestive issues.
What can cause this to happen?
Well, one of the causes for low stomach acid, is a Zinc
deficiency in our diet or, most commonly, a Copper excess.
When we have a copper excess, even if we have enough Zinc, Copper
BLOCKS the vital chemical action of Zinc - so it's as if we are
deficient in Zinc.
And how does this all fit into our chemical "Pathways to
Happiness and Sleep"
(Serotonin and Melatonin)?
using common logic, let's liken this situation to baking a sponge cake:
We can have flour, eggs, milk and butter and sugar, but
without the baking powder and perhaps with too much salt, we get a
"cake" ... but not a light , fluffy, "happy", "tastes the way it
In the same way that salt can overpower sugar, even
if we have the right amount of sugar... we still get a salty cake.
And without the essentail B Vitamins and Zinc and
enough Vitamin C, plus the possibility of a Copper overload...
we are not going to sleep well, and we'll have bouts of depression (no
5-htp and no 5-ht[Serotonin]) and anxiety as well.
...and we havn't even considered that we may not have enough Magnesium
(see above)in our diet.
For more specifics about anxiety - read about the GABA pathway, and
what can go wrong there.
...bit by bit you can start putting the pieces of the puzzle together...
There are countless Scientific articles which enumerate the symptoms of
Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin C and B Vitamin deficiencies - and its not
surprising that they are STRIKINGLY similar (read: THE SAME)as the
symptoms experienced by people who have depression, anxiety and panic
Throw a few heavy metals into the equaton, and The "DSM IV" (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) is a guide to the diagnosis of
mental disorders in the United States)
will have you
....but of course, your GP (in his
"extensive and exhaustive investigation of your circumstances" in his
15min consultation with you) or Psychiatrist may be able to prescribe a
long list of Chemical solutions.
to help with your "Prozac"
or "Valium" deficiency???
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