5-HTP

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CAN ONE REMEDY END depression, insomnia and migraine and help you lose weight? The answer is "Yes!" says naturopath Murray, of Bastyr University in Seattle, author of The Healing Power of Herbs and The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. The remedy is 5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP for short, a naturally occurring compound produced in the body by the amino acid tryptophan, which in turn produces the neurotransmitter serotonin. Deficiencies of serotonin are linked to depression, headache, sleep disorders and overeating problems, maladies that respond to over-the-counter supplements of 5-HTP, which stimulate serotonin production and use. While the average reader may find the scientific detail daunting, the book provides a well-documented prescription for common ailments: Diet, exercise, cognitive therapy and herbs -- and 5-HTP.

Natural Way Publications, Inc.

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By Kristen Georgi

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