Taking 5-HTP For Depression
Taking 5-HTP is believed to increase serotonin levels and reduce depression and its symptoms. 5-hydroxytryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid and an intermediate in the bodily serotonin production process.
It is created within the body from tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid that we obtain from consuming protein containing foods.
Tryptophan is mostly used for protein synthesis and small amounts for 5-HTP and serotonin production.
5-HTP supplements are extracted from the seeds of an African tree (Griffonia simplicifolia), as it is not found in foods in any significant quantities.
It is also used to treat other conditions associated with low serotonin levels including food cravings, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, sleep problems and anxiety.
I haven’t tried 5-HTP for my depression, but I did buy some as I had heard through friends that it would help me relax and sleep at night. It worked pretty well.
From what I’ve read, the side effects are generally mild and can include nausea, heartburn, flatulence, feelings of fullness, and rumbling sensations. I didn’t feel any side effects from taking the 5-HTP, but I have only occasionally taken 50 or 100 mg about an hour before I wanted to go sleep.
A typical dosage of 5-HTP is 100 to 200 mg 3 times daily.
Prior to considering any herbal supplement, you should consult with your family doctor. There are also many books you can read to learn more about how to fight your depression. Knowledge is power when it comes to beating this ailment.