Tryptophan Deprivation

Serotonin Robbers (Cont. #2)

As I was trying to figure out the cause of these spark-less feelings, various thoughts were trotting in my shattered mind.

The term serotonin deficiency pocked initially in the cloud of possibilities.

Biochemically derived from tryptophan, one of the 20 amino acids building blocks, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract, the central nervous system, and our blood cells.

Solving conundrums, riddles, or charades was something I loved. I regained some enthusiasm when I realized that perhaps a new ingress had opened, and I could start to unravel this enigma. Second, researching causes of sudden serotonin failure, I sifted through pages of scientific articles and read about tryptophan deprivation experiments and more. Slowly, a more transparent picture emerged. What I could now hold firmly in my hands was the enemy, the robbers of happiness, that caused the embargo of the proper manufacture of the “magic powder,” could explain fatigue and perhaps old-age crankiness. Had I identified a sound, sturdy, and straightforward reason for the sudden sparkless-ness I was experiencing?

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