5 HTP and your Neurotransmitters...

  1. Arrow 5 HTP and your Neurotransmitters...


    im aware of 3 major NTs: dopamine, serotonin, and nepinephrine...
    i was having mood swings, anxiety, adrenal fatigue and other symptoms so i decided to try 5 HTP...
    can someone tell me more about this product?
    i read somewhere that if you increase your serotonin levels then your dopamine and other neurotransmitters suffer and become lower. Then i heard that taking 5 HTP is good because it creates more serotonin, which converts to dopamine, and then melatonin as the day progresses. Ive only been taking it for a couple of days, but i feel a lot better already...i just hope my dopamine doesnt suffer in the long run...
    Can someone clear this up for me?


  2. From what I understand, serotonin does not convert to dopamine or have any adverse affect on its levels. Some of it will however convert to melatonin which is a good thing.

    I take 5-htp from time to time and also enjoy its benefits. My dosage varied from 100mg to 200mg daily. My only advice is to avoid taking it within 1 hour of protein to better aid in it crossing the blood-brain barrier.

  3. Quote Originally Posted by The_Reverend View Post
    From what I understand, serotonin does not convert to dopamine or have any adverse affect on its levels. Some of it will however convert to melatonin which is a good thing.

    I take 5-htp from time to time and also enjoy its benefits. My dosage varied from 100mg to 200mg daily. My only advice is to avoid taking it within 1 hour of protein to better aid in it crossing the blood-brain barrier.

    ok thanks for the clarification

    i plan on supplementing for both serotonin and dopamine.
    So along with my 5 HTP i will take powerfull(1-c) for dopamine
    do i take them both durign the evening/night?
    or at different times of the day, since they counterbalance eachother?
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  4. Quote Originally Posted by gotDOMS View Post
    ok thanks for the clarification

    i plan on supplementing for both serotonin and dopamine.
    So along with my 5 HTP i will take powerfull(1-c) for dopamine
    do i take them both durign the evening/night?
    or at different times of the day, since they counterbalance eachother?
    I assume you are not, but I'll ask anyway, just in case. Are you taking any SSRIs (Zoloft, Lexapro, Cymbalta, etc.) or benzos (Ativan, Xanax, Valium, etc.)?

  5. Quote Originally Posted by gotDOMS View Post
    ok thanks for the clarification

    i plan on supplementing for both serotonin and dopamine.
    So along with my 5 HTP i will take powerfull(1-c) for dopamine
    do i take them both durign the evening/night?
    or at different times of the day, since they counterbalance eachother?
    I like taking 5-htp in the AM and maybe another dose in the early evening. I hear that powerful should be taken at night, but you may want to get definite confirmation on that.

  6. Quote Originally Posted by The_Reverend View Post
    I like taking 5-htp in the AM and maybe another dose in the early evening. I hear that powerful should be taken at night, but you may want to get definite confirmation on that.
    i keep reading that 5htp should not be taken with l-dopa
    why is this?
    do i take them at different times of the day, or one week at a time?........
    thanks

  7. subbed.......i wish i understood this better as well...
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  8. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    subbed.......i wish i understood this better as well...
    As do i....
    GABA+Melatonin FTW! right Trip! haha

    Oh yea, take GABA then get the GABA rush and then get your "3rd leg" a look at a girls tonsals...if you catch my drift... Feels great...dont know why....sorry if thats a bit personal.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by gotDOMS View Post
    i keep reading that 5htp should not be taken with l-dopa
    why is this?
    do i take them at different times of the day, or one week at a time?........
    thanks

    That's a good question. I personally never heard that and have been using 5-htp for years without any problems. Some people use it as a sleep aid which I've also done with good success. However, I prefer melatonin as my sleep aid.

    Another thing I've heard is that its not a good idea to take it with B6. Apparently, it will convert the 5-htp into serotonin in the gut, which then doesn't server the purpose of crossing the blood-brain barrier first.

    SAMe is also another great supplement if you're looking to increase serotonin levels in the brain. So is idebenone.

    Why don't you try taking the 5-htp in the AM and powerful at night before bed. Run that protocol for a couple weeks and see how you like it.

  10. I am not sure if this can help much, but it contains some detailed info.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic

  11. Quote Originally Posted by bombBoogie View Post
    I am not sure if this can help much, but it contains some detailed info.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic
    hell ya!....good find bro!
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  12. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    hell ya!....good find bro!
    anytime

  13. I tried 5-HTP, PEA and a bunch of other nootropics.
    But for me the winner is oxiracetam+alpha-gpc+phenibut
  

  
 

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