melatonin for anxiety

Melatonin for Anxiety: Does it Work?

Anxiety disorders affect millions of people every year. The ADAA cites anxiety disorders as “the most common mental illness in the United States.”  Anxiety is often treated with anxiolytic benzodiazepines, medications that help to calm the mind. They do this by aiding production of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter that dampens neural activity. Unfortunately, benzodiazepines…

Relieve Food Depression

9 Foods That Help Relieve Depression

Modern psychiatry often treats mental health conditions with prescription medication. However, medication alone does not address the nutritional deficiencies that often play a part in mental and mood disorders. A randomized controlled trial in 2017 found nutritional counseling over the course of 12 weeks to help fight depression. For many, incorporating a healthy diet may…

5-HTP

Everything You Need to Know About 5-HTP

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)  is an amino acid in the protein building block L-tryptophan. Found in foods like turkey and pumpkin, L-tryptophan is the main component in serotonin, which regulates sleep, body temperature, sexual behavior, and pain.  Clinical studies show that 5-HTP supplements may lead to increased serotonin production. While our bodies produce 5-HTP, it can also…