Amino Acid Therapy

If there is one thing that has made the most significant difference in healing my mental health issues, it’s definitely been amino acids. For years, I’d read about how effective they were, but I was reluctant to start trying them because I didn’t know where to start, or which ones to take. It seemed overwhelming.

But then, someone recommended the book The Mood Cure and everything changed. That book has a quiz that helps individuals identify which aminos to should try, depending on their symptoms. It also talks about cautions to take, and other medical conditions that might be contributing to negative symptoms.

Some of the advantages of amino acids include:

  • Little to no side effects (because amino acids are natural to the body)
  • They are effective very quickly, with some people feeling better within minutes
  • No withdrawal symptoms if you wish to discontinue taking them


Before you experiment with any amino acids, it is important that you educate yourself or find a knowledgeable practitioner who can help you decide which amino acids are right for you.

Here are a list of books that discuss amino acids for mental health:

  • The Mood Cure by Julia Ross
  • 5HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia by Michael Murray, ND
  • DLPA To End Chronic Pain and Depression by Arnold Fox, MD and Barry Fox
  • The Way Up from Down by Priscilla Slagle, MD
  • Heal with Amino Acids and Nutrients by Billie Sahley and Katherine Birkner
  • The Vitamin Cure for Depression by Bo Jonsson and Andrew Saul
  • Putting It All Together: The New Orthomolecular Nutrition by  Abram Hoffer and Morton Walker
  • Depression-Free, Naturally by Joan Mathews Larson


Alternatives to Antidepressants

The information on this page is not intended to be a substitute for medical care. I am not a medical doctor and cannot treat, diagnose or cure any disease. -Judy Meyer, HHP, NHC