Anyone ever tried 5-htp for anxiety?

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redspot321
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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Im wondering if this stuff actually works? Its supposed to boost seratonin levels in the body??
 
Ever tried it?
 
Thanks!
 
Here are the studies I provided before. Im sorry they were deleated.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please IF a member wants to go to the link fine the "excerpts" I dont think need to be in here as they are part of a Copywritten Article(s)
Email me if you would like .......
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badfish
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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
5 HT is chemical name for serotonin, it gets broken down quickly in the body. So your better off taking a drug that inibit the enzymes which break the serotonin down (SSRI's).
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
HI there
yes I have heard of it BUT I would talk to your doc about it first it
about exactly JUST what it does do
just may help you
We are all the same yet different with meds and chemicals IMHO

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stkitt
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

This is Kitt.  Although I believe that 5-HTP may have positive benefits, the articles I read provided too little detail to convince me that they are not just trying to sell the herb. 

I agree with the others on this one.  I would talk with your PCP.  I hope this helps you in some small way.
Take care,

Kitt


 
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badgenetics1
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with badfish, this is most likey broken down in the GI track and can not cross the blood brain barrier like an SSRI.

redspot321
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Heres a link about 5 HTP with alot of evidence based studies!!

Edit
 
I took out your link, please see post below.  I am not against you using whatever supplement you choose but again I do caution checking with your physician first.
 
Thanks
Kitt

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wen4003
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   Posted 5/16/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the others with the fact that you should talk with your doctor about this.  No matter now many studies have been done, the best information you can get is from your doctor.  Please make sure to consult your doc about this, you never know what possible side effects there may be from something like this and your doc may very well know about it.
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 5/17/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Redspot,

From the link you posted:

Welcome to the Clarocet Clinical Study Center...
Explore our Clinical Study Center and discover the science of nature. Each ingredient profile is based on the most up-to-date, independent clinical research available. You'll get the basics on each ingredient, learn how works, and find important safety information. Choose an active ingredient from the menu to your right to get started. Additional information, including a list of ingredients by product formulation, is available in the Ingredient Profiles section.

This is also on the site:

I have removed the link as members can google the topic and find this site if they are interested.

  • Links to helpful web sites (commercial or otherwise) are allowed when they are posted by someone without any "vested interest" AND whose purpose is NOT to solicit, advertise, promote, fundraise, etc.

    I am not insinuating you were advertising but the site does promote the selling of it's own product.

    Thank you in advance for your understanding. If youhave any questions please email me.

    Sincerely
    Kitt

     



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    redspot321
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       Posted 5/17/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   

     

    Links to helpful web sites (commercial or otherwise) are allowed when they are posted by someone without any "vested interest" AND whose purpose is NOT to solicit, advertise, promote, fundraise, etc.

    That would be me?????? Im just a guy suffering like everyone else. I thought some members might find the papers from the "National Library of Medicine" helpful. Its much easier on the reader and myself to post a link rather that have them google each study themselves.

    As far as the blood brain barrier and 5 HTP goes here is an excerpt.

    5-Hydroxytryptophan: A Clinically-Effective Serotonin Precursor - Meta-Analysis of Clinical Trials
    Timothy C. Birdsall, N.D.
    Thorne Research
    Alternative Med. Rev. 1998; V3,N4: 271-280 [Read the Full Text]

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    redspot321
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       Posted 5/17/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
    badfish said...
    5 HT is chemical name for serotonin, it gets broken down quickly in the body. So your better off taking a drug that inibit the enzymes which break the serotonin down (SSRI's).

    Actually from what I understand SSRI's block the synapses in the brain that use serotonin it dosent inhibit any enzymes.
     
     
    I guess the question is which is better? Blocking the drain or opening the faucet a little more.With the bioavailability of 5 HTP it seems like you would have to pop 3-4 pills a day where as a ssri is once a day and cheap!!!! I wonder which one is better for the brain. I think SSRI's leave lasting effects. I stoped zoloft twice and both times I had to restart at double the dose.

    badfish
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       Posted 5/28/2008 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
    redspot321 said...
    badfish said...
    5 HT is chemical name for serotonin, it gets broken down quickly in the body. So your better off taking a drug that inibit the enzymes which break the serotonin down (SSRI's).

    Actually from what I understand SSRI's block the synapses in the brain that use serotonin it dosent inhibit any enzymes.
     
     
    I guess the question is which is better? Blocking the drain or opening the faucet a little more.With the bioavailability of 5 HTP it seems like you would have to pop 3-4 pills a day where as a ssri is once a day and cheap!!!! I wonder which one is better for the brain. I think SSRI's leave lasting effects. I stoped zoloft twice and both times I had to restart at double the dose.
    Lol your correct its blocks the channel proteins but enzyme is a protein, i try n keep things simple. To clarify they inhibit reuptake into the pre synaspe by inhibiting (blocking) the reuptake mechanism, meaning 5ht is left in the synaptic cleft longer giving it more time to bind with the post synaptic cleft.  
     
    Turkey is realy high in tryptohan and cheese really in high tyrosine both are needed to make 5ht so eating lots of turkey and cheese could in theory increase 5ht levels.
     
    Btw jus realised 5ht and 5htp are too different molecules. Im assuming 5htp is precursor to 5ht. I fort it was strange ppl taking 5ht by itself. Im off to research 5htp
     
    Thanks for the papers to redspot 
     


    harry putter
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       Posted 12/4/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
    i think i read about 5 htp . the vitamin that breaks down 5 htp is called b vitamin . im not sure

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    ShootingStar
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       Posted 12/14/2011 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
    I was looking into trying this too, have you yet? If I do I'll keep you posted.
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