BRAIN, MIND, AND STRESS
Lack of motivation, sleeping disorders, anxiety, and negative thoughts
I’ve been suffering from depression and sleep disturbances since puberty. To begin with I just accepted my condition, but as my quality of life continued to deteriorate I realised I had to do something. I never got the relief I was looking for from conventional medicine alone – so it turned out to be a long and painful journey. I was given medication for my psychological problems of course, but my symptoms never went away entirely. In addition, the medication that I was given was very strong and made me feel as if I were really hung over. The medication did absolutely nothing to alleviate my existing lack of drive and apathy – all it seemed to bring was a load of side effects.
Between the ages of 33 and 37, I decided to take a break from all the drugs and medication and to look for an alternative, more natural way of getting to grips with my health problems. As the daughter of a doctor, who due to a quirk of fate specialised in orthomolecular medicine from the age of 50, I was already very open to the idea of micronutrients. I wanted to strike out for myself and decided to start taking Griffonia simplicifolia, the African black bean, which contains particularly large amounts of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). 5-HTP is an intermediate product of serotonin and melatonin synthesis and is thought to be a natural anti-depressant. I started with one capsule of Griffonia50 Serolution® from Biogena daily and quickly noticed an improvement.
I suddenly felt so much better, my mood lifted, but my sleep disturbances continued to plague me. It was only when I doubled the dose to the recom- mended two capsules daily and combined my intake with the fit@work® Premium Gold supplement that I noticed a clear difference in my sleep quality. My brooding thoughts and restlessness before going to sleep went away, and I could finally sleep through the night like other people and wake refreshed in the morning – a huge improvement in my quality of life. I’m still taking Griffonia50 Serolution® and also the Neurosagena® B-Complex active Gold, which provides additional support for the functions of my nerves and my mental well-being.
by Lisa Ressi
The Scientific Assessment
A lack of serotonin is manifested by different mental symptoms, from a lack of drive and irritability to depression. In the case of a serotonin deficiency, you can help the body by taking additional 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), to en- courage it to produce the “happiness hormone” serotonin. If you are already being treated and taking antidepressants, your doctor must monitor the ad- ministration of 5-HTP and carefully review your intake, otherwise you might develop what is known as serotonin syndrome. Whether antidepressants are necessary or if they can be replaced by 5-HTP is a medical decision.
Shop The Recommended Products
The most important recommendation for increasing your serotonin levels is exposure to daylight in the early and late morning. Due to the fact that 75% of people work indoors, many people at our latitudes suffer from a serotonin deficit, particularly in winter. The fact that serotonin works as a precursor to the sleep hormone melatonin in the evenings means that the foundations of a good sleep are more or less laid in the morning.