Originally Posted by randomguy
It seems as though the product works better when depression is most severe. 5HTP is a natural serotonin inhibitor and works to increase serotonin levels in the brain. I get a slight ringing in the ears, which tells me that its working, as SSRI's have the same side effect when serotonin levels are elevated.
I would like to clarify the above statement for other readers, as 5-HTP is NOT a natural serotonin inhibitor. The following information is an except from the website How 5-HTP Works | eHow.com
"What It Is
5-HTP occurs naturally in the human body. The food we eat contains essential amino acids, which control countless chemical processes in the body. Once the body digests the amino acid tryptophan, it converts it into 5-HTP, which is then converted to yet another chemical called serotonin. Serotonin plays a role in controlling our moods, while helping to regulate other behaviors such as sleeping and eating.
"How It Works
Depression sufferers may have unnaturally low levels of serotonin in their bloodstreams. Many prescription antidepressants, such as Prozac and Zoloft, try to remedy this imbalance by reducing the amount of serotonin reabsorbed by nerves so the brain can make fuller use of it. These drugs are called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI). 5-HTP uses a different method to arrive at the same result. In converting to serotonin, 5-HTP increases the total amount of this mood-regulating chemical available to the brain."