Dietary Supplements And Brain Interactions

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Ever since the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, a brand new multibillion-dollar industry has grown. (Grilly 20) This industry is the dietary supplements, also called herbals or organics. What the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act did was allow any product labeled "dietary supplement  to come to market unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The only way that the FDA can step in on a dietary supplement is if "substantial harm has been proven. (Grilly 20) Some of the common supplements in the market today are St.John's Wort, Kava, Ginko, and Ginko Biloba.

St.John's Wort is a natural growing herb. It has been found useful in the treatment of depression as a natural antidepressant. Depression is believed to be a result of a lack of catecholamine and serotonergic functioning in the brain, as according to the monoamine hypothesis. (Grilly 335) This is why people suffering from depression are prescribed antidepressants (such as SSRIs and MAOIs) which allow

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