Low Serotonin Levels

Overview

Serotonin is a chemical made in the brain through a process of biochemical conversions. Its main function is to act as a neurotransmitter to relay signals from one area of the brain to another. Interestingly, the majority of the body’s serotonin supply (90 percent) is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets.

As we get older, we produce less serotonin. Many researchers believe that low serotonin levels can lead to depression, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and panic attacks. Serotonin also helps decrease the formation of beta-amyloid plaques (abnormal clusters of protein fragments), which may contribute to cell death and brain issue loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Managing depleted serotonin levels is an excellent way to address the symptoms of both depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Low Serotonin Symptoms

The symptoms of low serotonin levels are physical, emotional and, not surprisingly, are linked with depression.

Physical symptoms of low serotonin include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • Loss of appetite and/or craving carbohydrates (to stimulate the production of serotonin)
  • Changes in body temperature and/or hot flashes
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Gastrointestinal pain

Emotional symptoms of low serotonin include:

  • Loss of interest in socializing
  • Numbness and moodiness
  • Loss of self-confidence and/or low self-esteem
  • Increased irritability
  • Sudden sadness and crying spells
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
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Management

With older patients, drugs and antidepressants to increase serotonin levels come with significant side effects. Depression and Alzheimer’s disease can instead be managed with a combination of the natural amino acids that make serotonin, along with amino acids that balance the neurotransmitter, and B vitamins. Amino acids are safe and easy to administer. The supplementation of amino acids will lead to the production of serotonin and will balance depleted levels.

Houston Wellness Clinic also offers successful protocols to improve cognitive issues associated with Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a loved one is dealing with depression and Alzheimer’s disease, contact us to discover your options for managing these conditions.

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