Our expert says:
Memory loss can be caused by various factors: wrong diet, underlying depression, aging, certain medications, alcohol abuse, chronic stress. One should rather try an identify the cause and then treat this accordingly. 5HTP supplements can help for depression but should not be used with antidepressants and can cause headaches. Tryptophan (the amino acid is plentiful in the following foods : chocolate, oats, dried dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, and peanuts. (who said chocolate wasn't good for you :-)
5-HTP is a breakdown product of tryptophan and is usually converted to serotonin before it can reach the brain, elevating blood serotonin levels greatly, it may cause diarrhea and heart problems, while only slightly increasing brain serotonin.
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