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Anybody Experience Benefits from Taking Either Tryptophan, Melatonin or 5-HTP?

Answered on May 06, 2014
Created May 06, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I will be experimenting with these three supplements individually, dedicating one month to each and documenting my results. Any personal positive or negative experiences would help my awareness during the experiment.

I will be taking tryptophan mainly because it's a precursor to 5-htp, serotonin, melatonin and niacin (vitamin B3), so I anticipate it being the most useful, however I will find out for myself which is the most effective for certain health issues.

I will be purchasing supplements in bulk from nutrabulk for the best bang for my buck.

Would also appreciate suggestions on brands to avoid and recommended brands just in case as well as advice in general

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on May 06, 2014
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I am particularly interested in the serotonin boost and anxiolytic effects and as for melatonin I have read it helps induce vivid dreams which is a good supplement for a practicing lucid dreamer like myself. I actually sleep in the day time so it will be interesting to see what effect melatonin has on my circadian rhythm, I'm optimistic there are more benefits I will experience so until than I will keep anyone interested updated.

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on May 06, 2014
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Yeah I have read that women in general don't react very favorably to IF on an MDA article. Low carb eating can make anyone miserable prior to becoming fat adapted, which is why whenever I fall off the low carb bandwagon I get back on initially by getting most of my fat calories from coconut products.

I probably will check out that book if I could find a torrent somewhere, so far no luck.

Thanks for your recommendations, I appreciate it.

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on May 06, 2014
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Looking forward to the results! I hope you keep us updated...

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I've used both the NOW and the Natrol brands. I highly recommend taking a look at The Diet Cure book by Julia Ross. It helped me understand the why of taking amino acids, and her suggested dosages and when you could discontinue taking them. She also advocates for a paleo diet in conjunction with amino acid supplementation.

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at 01:14 PM

Thanks for your response,

What brands did you use for both?

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on May 06, 2014
at 10:37 PM

i was just reading up a bit on supping with tryptophan...

its best taken away from other amino acids (eg away from proteins), so probably best taken on an empty stomach (which i think most of the tryp supps mention on the bottle).

the reason for this (from what i have read) is that large neutral amino acids (LNAA) compete with each other to cross the blood brain barrier. & it would seem that tryptophan does not fair well in this competition. From what i have been able to glean, the LNAAs are leucine, tyrosine, tryptophan, methionine, histidine, isoleucine, valine, threonine & phenylalanine. So for example, taking tryptophan along with BCAA's would be a waste of time & money.

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on May 06, 2014
at 02:52 PM

Are you doing this primarily for sleep/circadian benefits or something else? I've been contemplating going back to melatonin which I took when I was younger to great effect. First though I want to see what a pair of orange glasses does for me at night...

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on May 06, 2014
at 06:13 PM

I am particularly interested in the serotonin boost and anxiolytic effects and as for melatonin I have read it helps induce vivid dreams which is a good supplement for a practicing lucid dreamer like myself. I actually sleep in the day time so it will be interesting to see what effect melatonin has on my circadian rhythm, I'm optimistic there are more benefits I will experience so until than I will keep anyone interested updated.

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on May 06, 2014
at 02:30 PM

@danno, don't know your situation, but for me IF and LC (<100gm/day) worsened my depression and anxiety. (Maybe dropped my serotonin even lower?)

Keeping my fruit and vegetable intake high on my paleo regimin is key for me to stay "happy".

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on May 06, 2014
at 06:00 PM

Yeah I have read that women in general don't react very favorably to IF on an MDA article. Low carb eating can make anyone miserable prior to becoming fat adapted, which is why whenever I fall off the low carb bandwagon I get back on initially by getting most of my fat calories from coconut products.

I probably will check out that book if I could find a torrent somewhere, so far no luck.

Thanks for your recommendations, I appreciate it.

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on May 06, 2014
at 12:58 PM

A la Julia Ross, I took 5HTP 100mg, twice a day for two months and felt a noticeable improvement in mood. After that my own neurotransmitters were back to optimal, so only take it now if I feel a real dip in mood.

Tried tryptophan for a month before 5HTP and noticed no changes.

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on May 06, 2014
at 02:24 PM

I've used both the NOW and the Natrol brands. I highly recommend taking a look at The Diet Cure book by Julia Ross. It helped me understand the why of taking amino acids, and her suggested dosages and when you could discontinue taking them. She also advocates for a paleo diet in conjunction with amino acid supplementation.

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on May 06, 2014
at 01:14 PM

Thanks for your response,

What brands did you use for both?

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