I'm sitting around looking at my bottle of 5-HTP and I notice that it's made from a seed. I do some research trying to understand the nutritional profile of the seed (because doc says I still have too many seed oils in my diet despite being pretty strict Paleo) and I can't find any info. However, I find a lot of discussion about it killing sex drive, suspicion that it decreases testosterone, and some evidence of other pretty scary side effects. I can not sleep without my nightly 100 mg dose of 5-HTP. I was able to successfully get off sleeping pills with this supplement. I thought that was a good thing, but now I'm not certain about the supplement. I'm looking for a really good, comprehensive resource discussing 5-HTP - it's make-up, side effects, and so on. Does this exist? Or is this wishful hoping since we are talking supplements and not prescription medications?
asked byKL_1 (1495)
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on December 18, 2012
at 12:23 AM
5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin which is why it helps with sleep, mood and eating. The problem is, serotonin is a hormone, and any sort of supplement that messes with your hormones can be dangerous. things like this are meant to be taken for a very short amount of time as to not stop your body from producing its own hormones.
If your only taking it for sleep, what I found worked the best is tart cherry juice- 5 oz an hour before bed. It has a seriously small amount of natural melatonin (so that it doesn't interfere with your body) and a few other good properties that I can't remeber off the top of my head. The carbs in it could pose a problem if you are trying to go very low carbs, and it takes about a week for some people to see a difference, but it works.