The Importance of the "Happy Hormone" Serotonin

When you think of serotonin, you imagine mood, happiness, depression, and antidepressants. Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, and Celexa to name a few. Some people would argue that the United States truly is a Prozac nation. We sure do love our antidepressants; the amount of Americans that are on SSRI medications increases every year. Here at JAS Medical & Wellness, we have written a lot about how our gut affects our mental health. Serotonin is more than just a neurotransmitter, like melatonin, it is produced in large amounts by our gut bacteria and aids our digestion. What is Serotonin and Why Is It Important? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is derived from the amino acid tryptophan. Our gastroint

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