Why I take 5-HTP. And, CAUTIONS!

*UPDATE 10/14/2016 My sources of folate are: a diet rich in leafy greens and a multivitamin. The brand I’m currently taking is Thorne Research 2/Day. I take one at breakfast with a 50mg dose of 5htp, and again both at 2:00 p.m.  I also take magnesium glycine and taurine. All of these together are the core of my “calm and happy” nutrient supplementation. You can see other posts throughout my site and in the future for more information about other supplements such as brain-critical fats (fish oil and phospholipids) supplements.

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“Those who have an SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) or genetic variation of the enzyme TPH2 have an 80% reduction in ability to make serotonin. The good news is you can overcome this weakness by taking folate and 5 HTP, which is normally produced from 5-HTP dietary tryptophan, the molecule that is the next step in the process of making serotonin. If you take 5-HTP, you skip that weak [conversion] step.”

P. 105 The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman M.D.

CAUTION: Before taking 5-HTP, Tryptophan or any other amino acids therapeutically, please educate yourself. These are concentrated forms of substances that we get in our food, but they should be treated with the same caution and care as with any medicine. Do not take serotonin-building supplements if you have plenty of serotonin. Just like taking an SSRI when not needed, or overdosing on an SSRI, if you end up with too much serotonin in your body you can get Serotonin Syndrome. It’s not pretty. I have a close relative to whom this happened. And, I was very surprised that it happened. I guessed that person was low in serotonin and he/she was not, which we found out when he/she took 5-HTP and got serotonin syndrome (and had previously had it from taking SSRI prescribed by a doctor… twice.) There is such a thing as neurotransmitter testing that you can learn about in the books that I list here: /mood-repair-books-list/
And, you need also learn about the very specific types of moods that indicate which neurotransmitters are low. If you are diligent, you can learn what substances are options to treat your symptoms. With 5-htp, you start with a low dose and work slowly up as you monitor your symptoms.

I am not a doctor. Please see a doctor. Please educate yourself. This blog is a work of love, meant to bring health topics to your attention.

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