Sadness is a normal part of the human experience. Occasionally when I ask patients how they rate their level of sadness or depression from 1 (no sadness) – 10 (ultimate sadness) they say “1” and I say to myself, “geez, this person must be a robot.” Depression though is not only feelings of sadness, it is feelings of uselessness, futility, hopelessness, or sometimes just a loss of interest in the day to day aspects of living. Still we realize that when we dwell in the moment of life we see that sadness is just a fleeting emotion. The problem is when we dwell on the past or future; we see that sadness can sometimes be a prison. Changing the experience of living for the now can be challenging for many individuals and so sometimes we access the chemicals of the human body to begin to break a cycle of sadness. One approach is through the use of a natural building block of the serotonin system of the body: Tryptophan
L -Tryptophan at a maximum dose of 6gm split evenly twice daily was shown to be an effective treatment. Taken with the vitamin Niacin at 0.5gm a day you can make this treatment even more therapeutic.
So begin change with 1gm of L-tryptophan twice a day with 0.5gm of Niacin a day to modify your natural serotonin system.
Citation: Chouinard BMJ ’77: Tryptophan dosage critical for its antidepressant effect.