Serotonin is a hormone found naturally in the brain and digestive tract. It is often referred to as the ‘happy hormone’ as it influences mood…., the ‘happy’ A neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger that carries signals between body cells. They are various types of neurotransmitters which play a major role in everyday…, is made in both the gut and the brain. You want more in your brain and less in your gut. Too much in the gut can promote inflammation. This may be why some people get gut discomfort when supplementing 5-HTP (5-hydroxytprophan). The enzyme, TPH, that converts the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin is enhanced in the brain by What it does: Helps maintain strong and healthy bones by retaining calcium. Deficiency Signs: Joint pain or stiffness, backache, tooth decay, muscle cramps, hair loss…., and selectively shut down in the gut. So, with sufficent vitamin D you get higher brain levels of serotonin, promoting good mood, and lower serotonin levels in the gut, protecting against gut inflammation. Therefore anyone supplementing 5-HTP who gets gut effects should be suspected of having low vitamin D levels.
A big problem we face in the world of nutrition is monopolar thinking. That is people and experts being really into one thing be it low carb diets, gut health, but generally ‘supplement phobic’ as so many of the medical establishment are without realising that we need the full plethora of nutrients – vitamins, minerals, essential fats and so on.
That is why, whatever diet you pursue, or ‘hero’ nutrient that attracts your attention – it is best to support these with an optimum nutrition style multivitamin & mineral, plus extra What it does: Strengthens immune system – fights infections. Makes collagen, keeping bones, skin and joints firm and strong. Antioxidant, detoxifying pollutants and protecting against…, essential fats and vitamin D in the winter months. Everything works better with optimum nutrition.
Read more in my report The Optimal Life for Optimal Health.