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Posted by: Ripple | 2010-10-04

5 HTP

Hello Doc,

What is your take on using 5 HTP instead of anti-depressants?

Thank you kindly.

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If it worked properly, the drug companies would be marketing 5-HTP tablets instead of antidepressants, and the medical aids would insist on using them. I am not convinced by the arguments for their use. Remember that just because a specific chemical has a definite role to play within the brain, swallowing pills filled with it, so that they get digested and broken down in the stomach, doesn't necessarily enhance brain function

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010-10-04

If it worked properly, the drug companies would be marketing 5-HTP tablets instead of antidepressants, and the medical aids would insist on using them. I am not convinced by the arguments for their use. Remember that just because a specific chemical has a definite role to play within the brain, swallowing pills filled with it, so that they get digested and broken down in the stomach, doesn't necessarily enhance brain function

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