Synergistic Programs – Depression & Well being

Written by MICANS, MS, PharmB, Philip A

Stage 1:

    • 5HTP capsules: One capsule (50mg) 1 to 3 times daily, ideally taken with food. 5HTP or 5-hydroxy-tryptophan is the most potent form of tryptophan that is exclusively used by the brain. As the direct precursor to serotonin 5HTP can elevate its levels and thus alleviate depression. Clinical trials have suggested that 5HTP is as effective as Prozac.
    • Gerovital tablets: One (100mg) or two tablets daily. Gerovital has been used over many years to improve cell replication and reduce cortisol levels (thereby reducing stress). It’s varying effects of improving hair, skin and nail condition are also noted. However, it is perhaps best known for acting as a reversible MAO inhibitor. This means that Gerovital helps to protect neurotransmitters from being broken down by this enzyme. The result is less depression and an improved feeling of well being.

Stage 2:

    • SAMe tablets: 200mg to 400mg 1 to 3 times daily. SAMe is one of the most important methylators in the body; this means that it gets involved with many processes to help convert one chemical into another. Having the availability of the right material means that the “job gets done.” SAMe has been clinically shown to be very effective in lifting many states of depression quickly.
    • Melatonin tablets: 1.5mg to 3 mg. taken at bedtime. Melatonin has a wide range of benefits, through its sleep improvement effects a person can feel more refreshed and in a better state of mind the following morning. The added zinc and selenium found in Dr. Pierpaoli’s pharmaceutical grade product Melatonin Zn Seâ has proven enhanced efficacy.