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Are there natural sources of serotonin and/or non-prescription ways to create or retain it the brain?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Taking st. John's wort or 5-htp will help build serotonin levels.

In brief: Yes

Taking st. John's wort or 5-htp will help build serotonin levels.
Dr. Francine Yep
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not a good idea

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that effects mood.
Many medications used in psychiatry alter serotonin metabolism. Many of these medications can have serious side effects related to excessive levels of serotonin. This is not a substance to work with unless under a physician's careful supervision. Alternative therapies may benefit but not backed up by clinical research; should not be toyed with.

In brief: Not a good idea

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that effects mood.
Many medications used in psychiatry alter serotonin metabolism. Many of these medications can have serious side effects related to excessive levels of serotonin. This is not a substance to work with unless under a physician's careful supervision. Alternative therapies may benefit but not backed up by clinical research; should not be toyed with.
David Miller
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Dr. Pejman Katiraei
Dr Cohen raises a good point - you must be careful with serotonin. At the same time, magnesium, b6, folate, b12 and various other vitamins/minerals can have a significant effect on serotonin levels. Studies are not available because "natural" treatments to adjust serotonin levels must be specific to the person. I have seen depression resolve when the right diet and nutrients are introduced.
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