What causes feelings of doom and gloom to get out of control in our mind? Research has pointed out that the deficiencies of GABA and Serotonin in the brain are the culprits of anxiety, insomnia and depression. Foods rich in GABA include cruciferous vegetables, beans, peas, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, sprouted grains, brown rice and chestnuts; also fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, tempeh, kimchi, oolong and white teas.
Serotonin is the natural regulator of GABA (Gamma-aminobutyris acid) a brain calming agent. The co-factor for GABA is active B-6 (Pyridoxal 5 phosphate) which is involved in the natural syntheses of GABA.
How do we aquire Serotonin; either through the conversion of Tryptophan in our body or through the supplementation of 5-HTP, a natural precursor to serotonin. Low serotonin levels are frequently an underlying componenet of many clinical conditions like insomnia, depression, and anxiety. The supplication of 5-HTP should be on an empty stomach (one week on 2nd week off, then repeat) to prevent desensitization of serotonin.
In general this is educational material on how nutrition can affect your neurological condition and is a topic of discussion with you and your doctor.