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Question, just bought 5-htp..............

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Hey, I just bought 5-htp from GNC. I've never gotten it before so I wanna know if its the rite kind, I'm not sure (its the only one they had though). It says on the back that its used as a dietary supplment, and to take 1-2 capsules daily w/ a meal. They're 50mg. Is this the rite stuff??? Just askin cause its the 1st time I'm gonna try them. Does it matter if you take 1 or 2???

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I felt like being nice here it all is. Read thoroughly please.

HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) 5-HTP is a metabolite of the amino acid tryptophan. it is the direct precursor of the inhibitory neurotransmitter serotonin, the one associated with calmness; it soothes and comforts us from worry and stress. Stress causes the heightened release of serotonin, and if the stress lasts too long, it leads to serotonin depletion. Research strongly implies that boosted brain serotonin serves as a "stress immunizer." Serotonin seems to play the role of regulator to the ups and downs of mood disorders. Low serotonin levels are associated with irritability, aggression, impatience, and anxiety. Evidence suggests serotonin inhibits aggressive behavior in experimental animals and humans. Abundant laboratory research suggests there is a deficiency of serotonin or serotonin activity in the brains of most depressed persons., Suicidal patients show a significant decrease in serotonin levels. Most antidepressant drugs, including tricyclics, lithium, MAO inhibitors, and SSRI's (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Luvox), have this in common: they boost serotonin levels. 5-HTP differs from tryptophan in that it slightly increases the activity of an energizing neurotransmitter, norepinephrine, as well as the calming one, serotonin. in some clinical trials, 5-HTP outperformed tryptophan in treating mood disorders. it has also proved therapeutic for some who failed to respond to standard antidepressant drugs. The greater the agitation associated with depression, the more likely the response to 5-HTP. The usual dosage range of 5-HTP is 150-300 mg. per day in divided doses. A conservative starting dose is 50 mg., then boosting by 50 mg. every five days. A majority of responders notice a favorable mood effect within three days of beginning supplementation. in one study, of those who did respond, 80% did so within one week of therapy. Side effects are rare but may include mania, anxiety, and dermatitis. For some people, 5-HTP has a very narrow therapeutic window; the proper dosage may lie within a range as small as 10-25 mg. per day. if its antidepressant effects fade after a few weeks, it may be necessary to supplement 5-HTP at a different time of the day with a low dose of the complementary amino acid L-Tyrosine, to further raise the norepinephrine level or to eat more meat or other Tyrosine-rich foods. 5-HTP is able to pass the blood-brain barrier more easily than tryptophan, but to maximize its effectiveness it should not be taken along with protein food. one product manufacturer suggests taking it 45 minutes before or three hours after a protein meal.

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Romy-when I bought 5HTP the guy at GNC told me to take only 1 a day since 2 a day is usually the dosage suggested for people who are actually depressed. I didn't read through e-tarded's post but he usually knows what he's talking about so I would follow his advice!

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quick question...when is the proper to take 5-htp's before dropping?...and when is it best to take it after???...right before bed at night???...heard it's a good enhancement when taking "candy"...hhehehehe cwm1.gif

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If you are taking just to boost your serotonin, and for no other reason. I usually take about 3 a night for one week after I roll. Which is equal to about 150mg.

Also you want to take 150 mg about 4 or 5 hrs before you roll. I have posted the answers a few times. Try doing a search on 5-HTP in this forum. IF you cant find it let me know.

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