Our expert says:
Thanks for the follow-up, Gesiggie. One of the leading theories is that in Depression and other disorders, there is a RELATIVE shortage of serotonin - NOT in the body as a whole, but within the central nervous system and at the tiny nerve endings - which is where medications like ADs can increase the effective amounts of serotonin, whereas eating serotonin by moth does not do so.
Remember folks, like food, much of what we swallow by mouth gets digested and broken up in the stomach, and then not available to get absorbed. And of what might get absorbed into the general blood circulation, many substances can't pass through the barriers between the bloodstream and the brain, so as to have an effect there. This is why devising drugs to have the effect you need just where it is needed, is a difficult task
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