5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid to help in the development of proteins in the body. It is linked to serotonin, a chemical found in brain, which reacts to the mood, pain or sleep activity in the body. Its availability as a supplement is considered to be safe to use, but one should be cautious of contaminated supplement as it can cause fatal side effects.
Benefits of taking 5-HTP
Natural Sources of 5-HTP
Though 5-HTP cannot be directly obtained from foods, yet it can be found in traces in various natural foods such as – turnip, sunflower seeds, potatoes, chicken, turkey, milk, pumpkin, seaweed and collard greens.
When should you take 5-HTP?
5-HTP can be taken after consulting a professional doctor. Most probably, he/she might advise you to take it 3 times in a day for the upcoming 2 weeks. Also, the gap between each dosage has to be 8 hours. You can take it without food as well. After the first two week’s dosage, the doctor might or might not increase the dosage post an evaluation.
When should you avoid 5-HTP?
Quantity to be takenOne can take 50 mg tablets three times a day with 8 hours minimum gap in a day. However, this is not a necessary dosage pattern as a doctor might suggest you a different dosage routine after evaluating you. The dosage might increase or decrease later on as per his/her prescription.