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Experiences with Depression and 5-Hydroxytryptophan

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Posted 8 years ago

Amino acids changed my life, starting with 5-HTP.
I did a saliva / urine analysis that showed low levels of serotonin and my acupuncturist suggested I take 5-HTP for a while. I took it in combination with Melotonin in a chewable supplement and have to say...I haven't felt significantly down since. I only had to take it for a short period, as amino acids get replenished in the brain. Later, I also noted that I experience a "fog" that I had a hard time focusing and thinking through. It was suggested that I try another amino acid called Phenylalanine and within an hour of taking it - it was like someone had washed the windows. I felt positive, clear and motivated. I do not suffer from severe depression, but I must say I am a big believer in amino acids for mild to moderate mood disorders. A great resource is a book called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross.

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Posted 6 years ago

L-Tryptophan and 5HTP are very beneficial for most people who are depressed or have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). If you read the work of Julia Ross THE MOOD CURE or THE DIET CURE you can see that most people who are depressed have depleted Serotonin which can be built back up with L-Tryptophan or 5HTP. In Europe many times doctors prescribe L-Tryptophan along with pharmaceuticals for depression.

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Posted 6 years ago

Most people who are depressed have depleted serotonin. Adding L-Tryptophan or 5HTP supplements can help to raise depleted serotonin.

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