Serotonin

Definition of Serotonin:

A phenolic amine neurotransmitter (C10H12N2O) that is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is found especially in the brain, blood serum and gastric membranes of mammals.  Considered essential for relaxation, sleep, and concentration.

Topics Related to Serotonin

5-HIAA Urine test

...as a treatment
“5-HIAA (5-hydroxy indole acetic acid) is the main breakdown product of serotonin...”
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Alzheimer's Disease

...recommendation Acupuncture
“...Increased serotonin levels probably explain why acupuncture is so effective in controlling pain and managing stress...”

Antidepressants

...as a treatment
“...Source: The most widely prescribed antidepressants come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)...”

Anxiety

...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Tryptophan (or 5-HTP), the precursor of the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter serotonin, also has relaxing and calming effects...”
...recommendation Inositol
“Inositol works by regulating the action of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter, within the nerve cells...”

Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects

...our question about Unintentional recent weight gain
“...Normally, when a significant quantity of carbohydrate are consumed, serotonin levels rise in the brain...”

Asthma

...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“...Tryptophan is converted to serotonin, a known bronchoconstricting agent in asthmatics...”

Banana

...as a treatment
“...Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that the body converts into serotonin which is known to improve relaxation, mood and overall happiness...”

Bulimic Tendency

...the condition
“...The higher incidence of anger attacks in patients compared to controls may suggest lower serotonin levels...”

Carbohydrate Craving

...the condition
“...They also produce higher levels of the brain chemical serotonin...”

Carcinoid Cancer

...the condition
“...Almost all of these tumors make serotonin and bradykinin...”
...our question about Heart murmur
“The heart murmur seen in carcinoid syndrome is thought to occur secondary to high serotonin levels affecting the tricuspid valve and causing significant valvular insufficiency...”

Chromogranin A (CgA) Test

...as a treatment
“...favorably for its use in detecting carcinoid tumors and monitoring their progression; alternative diagnostic tests for carcinoid tumors include tests of urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid, serum serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine), and serum neuron-specific enolase...”

Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome

...the condition
“...In one study, 75% of urine specimens obtained from CFS patients contained elevated levels of 5-HIAA, (5-hyroxyindole acetic acid), a breakdown product of serotonin...”

Cluster Headaches

...the condition
“... The hypothalamus is also involved in the regulation of many important hormones, including serotonin, norepinephrine, and cortisol (stress hormones), melatonin (related to sleep), and beta endorphins (involved with pain)...”

Depression

...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“...It may be that constantly 'feeling puny' has a demoralizing effect, or that their bodies produce insufficient amounts of serotonin (the 'feel-good' chemical), or the statistically proven fact that skinny men are more successful when they attempt suicide...”
...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“B6 is a cofactor for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin and for the synthesis of dopamine and norepinephrine...”
...relationship to Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet
“The director of MIT's distinguished Clinical Research Center measured the serotonin levels in the brains of 100 volunteers eating different diets...”
...relationship to Estrogens Low
“Low estrogen levels trigger the brain to release MAO, an enzyme in the brain which breaks down and destroys the neurotransmitter, serotonin...”
...relationship to Manganese Requirement
“...A deficiency may contribute to depression stemming from low levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine...”
...relationship to Low Serotonin Level
Serotonin levels can dictate if you feel depressed or not...”
...recommendation Amino Acid Profile
“...Tryptophan is the body's source material for producing the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which also influence sleep patterns and mood...”
...recommendation DHEA
“...DHEA is the only hormone besides cortisol and serotonin that has consistently been linked to depression...”
...recommendation High/Increased Carbohydrate Diet
“A carbohydrate-rich diet helps the body produce serotonin – the "happy" hormone...”
...recommendation Vitamin B-Complex
“...These nutrients play an indirect but critical role in the formation of serotonin and other neurotransmitters, and deficiencies – which are linked to high levels of homocysteine – are linked with mood disorders...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is frequently imbalanced in cases of depression...”

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

...relationship to Depression
“...The methyl group provided by normal homocysteine metabolism is necessary for the production of depression-relieving neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine...”

Excessive Fatigue

...relationship to Depression
“...Serotonin, for example, helps regulate the internal body clock...”

Inositol

...as a treatment
“...Proper action of several brain neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine and serotonin, require inositol...”

Insomnia

...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Due to the fact that the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin within the brain is dependent on the availability of the amino acid tryptophan, supplementing the diet with tryptophan before going to bed may produce good results in relieving...”
...recommendation Melatonin
“...The pineal gland – a tiny gland at the base of the brain – makes serotonin and then turns it into melatonin when light decreases...”

Intoxication Susceptibility

...the condition
“...Alcohol also acts on the serotonin system, which (like Prozac) increases self-confidence and reduces depression...”

Low Serotonin Level

...the condition
“When serotonin levels are low, many psychological problems can develop including serious depression...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Tryptophan is the dietary amino acid precursor for production of serotonin in the body...”
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Low Total Cholesterol

...the condition
“...The author of the review said that there may be a possible link between low cholesterol and a reduction in the brain chemical serotonin...”

Monoamine Oxidase

...related topic
“...MAO inhibitors block the action of MAO, thus raising the levels of the monoamine neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin – which have significant effects on mood and behavior...”

Night Eating Syndrome

...the condition
“...These foods are believed to increase the amount of tryptophan available for conversion to serotonin, the calming neurotransmitter in the brain that promotes an overall sense of well-being and, in turn, converts to melatonin...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Taking Tryptophan or 5-HTP orally causes an increase of serotonin in the brain...”

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

...the condition
“...OCD may also involve abnormal functioning (low levels) of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain...”
...relationship to Low Serotonin Level
“Although the exact cause is not known, experts believe that OCD may be caused by low levels of a chemical in the brain called serotonin...”
...recommendation Inositol
“...The mechanism may be that the desensitization of serotonin receptors is reversed by addition of dietary inositol...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“The most effective medications for OCD are the SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, and Zoloft as well as the tricyclic Anafranil...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“OCD may be related to a central disturbance in serotonin metabolism, a hypothesis which appears to explain the efficacy of serotonin reuptake-blocking drugs...”

Oxitriptan

...as a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: Oxitriptan is converted into the brain hormone serotonin in the body...”

PAF

...related topic
“...PAF activates platelets to secrete serotonin and other mediators to cause smooth-muscle contraction and vascular permeability, involved in asthma; a PAF antagonist counters these effects...”

Panic Attacks

...recommendation Inositol
“...Inositol works by regulating the action of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter, within the nerve cells...”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...the condition
“...Both cimetidine and cyproheptadine (a serotonin and histamine antagonist) have weak anti-androgenic effects...”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS A (Anxiety)

...the condition
“...These enzymes are involved in the oxidation of biogenic amines – norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin – which have significant effects on mood and behavior...”

Premenstrual Syndrome PMS H (Headache)

...the condition
“...may arise due to any of the following factors ... Stress – aldosterone is secreted by the adrenal cortex under the control of ACTH, which is secreted by the pituitary in response to stress, high serotonin levels and angiotensin II...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...relationship to Stress
“...Carbohydrates are often the craved foods because they increase levels of serotonin in the brain, which has a calming effect and helps induce sleep...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“...It is thought to work by raising levels of serotonin, which in turn may influence eating behavior...”

Rapid Intestinal Transit

...the condition
“...Causes and Development: Aside from those mentioned below, there are many other things that decrease the amount of time that stool stays in the intestines, including ... serotonin...”

Restless Leg Syndrome

...relationship to Low Serotonin Level
“Tryptophan, a serotonin precursor, has been shown to help a small percentage of RLS sufferers...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Tryptophan, a serotonin precursor, has been shown to help a small percentage of RLS sufferers...”

Rhodiola rosea (Roseroot)

...as a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: Rhodiola rosea's effects are attributed to its ability to optimize serotonin and dopamine levels and to its influence on opioid peptides such as beta-endorphins...”

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)

...as a treatment
“...Serotonin, adrenalin, melatonin and dopamine are but a few of these substances that are produced because of SAMe and its effect on methylation...”

Schisandra Berry

...as a treatment
“...Some of its effects – similar to rhodiola – may be due to these adaptogenic properties, protecting against stressed-induced metabolic alterations in blood glucose and/or serotonin...”

Schizophrenia

...the condition
“...Serotonin imbalance Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that transmits messages from one nerve to another...”

SRI

...related topic
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor...”

Test Serotonin Levels

...as a treatment
“Why it is Recommended: Elevated blood serotonin may be inherited...”

Tryptophan

...related topic
“...Natural relaxant and sleep aid due to its precursor role in serotonin (a neurotransmitter) synthesis...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP

...as a treatment
“...It is used by the brain to produce serotonin; it is a natural relaxer, helps alleviate insomnia, reduces anxiety and depression and helps treat migraine headaches...”

Tryptophan Need

...the condition
“...It is used by the human body to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is important for normal nerve and brain function...”
...our question about Blacking out from alcohol
“Tryptophan (or 5-HTP), the precursor of the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter serotonin, also has relaxing and calming effects...”
...recommendation Chromium
“Chromium picolinate helps to promote conversion of tryptophan to serotonin...”

Vinpocetine

...as a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: Vinpocetine has been used orally for many years in Europe to enhance memory and mental function by ... Raising brain levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin...”

Weight Loss

...as a treatment
“...Most of these drugs decrease appetite by affecting levels of the brain neurotransmitters catecholamine, serotonin and/or noradrenaline – brain chemicals that affect mood and appetite...”
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