Carbohydrate Binge Eating and Weight Gain May Indicate Tryptophan and Serotonin Deficiencies

During the holiday season, you may have found yourself eating more cookies, cakes, breads, and other delicious baked goods than usual. You wouldn’t be the only one. But if polishing off a box of cereal solo, eating half a quart … Continue reading

Melatonin Helps Improve Sleep and Boost Immune System, Little Sign of Toxicity Even At Very High Doses

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland from the body’s supply of serotonin. Its best known use is to help regular the daily sleep/wake cycle. It also functions as a strong antioxidant and an immune system booster. It’s … Continue reading

Curcumin Helps Raise Low Serotonin and Dopamine in Major Depression and Other Neurological Disorders

A 2010 research paper An Overview of Curcumin in Neurological Disorders highlights how curcumin, one of the most beneficial components of the spice turmeric, may have a beneficial role to play in therapy for many neurological disorders that involve low … Continue reading

Curcumin, Thioflavin T, and Rosmarinic Acid Fight Damaging Amyloid Beta Proteins of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers in the past several years have identified compounds that have strong effects against factors suspected to be responsible for much of the damage to the brain seen in Alzheimer’s Disease patients. Two of these compounds, curcumin and rosmarinic acid, … Continue reading

Cortisol Imbalances May Cause Weight Gain, Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia

Cortisol is widely known as a stress hormone produced by the human body’s adrenal glands. In popular culture, it’s reputed that elevated cortisol levels from stressful lifestyles contribute to weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area. Weight loss supplement vendors … Continue reading

Depressed But Antidepressants Don’t Work? Adrenal Fatigue or Neurotransmitter Imbalances May Be Responsible.

SSRI antidepressants are a mainstream treatment option for symptoms of depression. But often they do not work. As it turns out, depressive symptoms can be caused by a variety of physiological conditions that can be triggered by similar psychosocial stress factors such as jobs problems, divorce, and illness or death of a loved one. Often when SSRI antidepressants do not work, it is because the underlying problem is not low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Instead, it is an imbalance in other neurotransmitters or adrenal hormones. Thus it is very important to do some testing before embarking on a treatment plan. Otherwise, you may find that you spend many thousands of dollars and years yet achieve no significant progress in recovery.

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