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Is 5-HTP bad for you

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 02, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I was reading another post and someone posted the article below by Dr. Ray Peat and if I understand it correctly, you don't want to take 5-HTP because it increases Serotonin, which is exactly why I was taking it. If you agree with Dr. Peat's thesis is Melatonin supplementation bad as well?

http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/serotonin-depression-aggression.shtml

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This. It depends on who you are. It benefited me greatly for a couple years, and then it didn't anymore, and I felt better when I got off it. It's good if you have problems with sleep, carb cravings, and/or anxiety. But it also is definitely altering your neurological makeup, and can offset some balances. It is a powerful tool, treat with respect and moderation.

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on February 02, 2013
at 01:43 PM

It's all about balance and individuality. If you need it, it's good for you. If you don't it isn't.

I would prefer 5-HTP to any pharmaceutical SSRI or MAOI.

Melatonin can be addictive I understand. I use it to fall asleep if I don't need to be up early. I'm not sure about battling depression with it. I know melatonin is an end product of 5-HTP, and is believed to be responsible for the rejuvenating effects of good sleep.

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on February 02, 2013
at 05:06 PM

This. It depends on who you are. It benefited me greatly for a couple years, and then it didn't anymore, and I felt better when I got off it. It's good if you have problems with sleep, carb cravings, and/or anxiety. But it also is definitely altering your neurological makeup, and can offset some balances. It is a powerful tool, treat with respect and moderation.

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on February 02, 2013
at 05:36 PM

It's not without harm. 5-HTP f'd up my periods, too heavy, too often, until I stopped taking it. It was a long time ago but I think the dr. said it played with the hormones.

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on February 02, 2013
at 02:34 PM

If a SIBO patient reacts to prokinetics, he or she has to take 5HTP (unless she develops a reaction to it as well).

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