September 8, 2019


5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan or oxitriptan) is an amino acid your body naturally produces.

It is a precursor to seratonin and is known to help relieve depression, anxiety, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

Now pay attention because I’m going to tell you why you may need 5-HTP:

There is an amino acid called tryptophan that you get from eating certain foods.

Then Tryptophan converts to 5-HTP to help boost seratonin in your body.

BUT seratonin (a feel-good chemical) is mainly formed in the intestines, not the brain (which is where you want it).

You want the seratonin to form in your brain. But Tryptophan doesn’t cross your blood-brain barrier very well.

However, 5-HTP is much better at crossing your blood-brain barrier. Thus it’s a better chemical to increase seratonin.

Especially if your body naturally sucks at converting tryptophan into 5-HTP in the first place.

Without sufficient seratonin in the body you will find yourself depressed, frequent migraines, and/or insomnia.

I am one of those people.

My Experience with 5-HTP

I got 5-HTP because I had bouts of depression and anxiety (feelings of dread).

When I started taking 5-HTP I was very impressed. I took a pill and everything felt… different.

I don’t know how else to describe it other than it felt like everything “clicked”.

My negative feelings like anxiety and depression went away. I had a better sense of well-being.

There’s one particular feeling I had for the first time that I won’t ever forget.

I was drivinglate home from work, enjoying the music with the windows down. I was at peace with everything, like I knew everything was gonna be okay.

Opened my gate and walked up to my door, keys in hand. Thinking to myself – “I did a damn good job today”.

At that moment I realized this nootropic made me feel self-assured. That’s the word I’d use to describe it all.

My confidence in myself increased. As if the gaps in my inner game were filled in.

I felt more at peace with the world and able to enjoy the smaller things; increased life satisfaction.

Then I had the some of the greatest sleep I’ve ever had.

How I Take 5-HTP

I only take 5-HTP maybe twice a week, once a day (I’ll get to why in a moment).

There are two good times to take 5-HTP – morning and evening.

When you take it in the morning, throughout your day you will experience:

  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Increased Sense of Well-being
  • Decreased Depression
  • Increased Confidence
  • Decreased Pessimism

If you take it at night you will experience:

  • Ability to fall asleep faster
  • Enhanced Sleep Quality
  • Less need for sleep

Despite the recommended dosages printed on the labels, we personally prefer smaller amounts. Here’s why-

Read This Before You Take 5-HTP

Earlier I mentioned that my body sucks at converting Tryptophan to 5-HTP. So I only use 5-HTP on occasion as “replenishment”.

This is because your body works best when you are chemically balanced.

However when you take 5-HTP you override other systems in your body.

Specifically your dopamine synthesis is affected, causing dopamine depletion.

You’re essentially improving one system at the cost of another. Which is fine if you need to be “replenished”.

And although you may see 5-HTP marketed as being safe to take daily long-term. You should stack it with proper balancing supplements for daily use.

Since I don’t take it regularly, I don’t stack it with anything.

So long as you use it responsibly, you’ll be fine taking 5-HTP as a standalone. That being said –

Do not take 5-HTP with anti-depressant medication. It can cause Seratonin Syndrome which can kill you.

Please use any and every nootropic responsibly.

How to tell if you’re imbalanced after taking 5-HTP

Generally if the supplements you take are causing the issues they are supposed to ease – it means you shouldn’t take it.

For example, if I dose before bed I’ll know I took too much if I wake up restless. Or if I’m far too drowsy to wake up.

Because of this I make sure to drink a tall glass of water with 5-HTP. Sometimes I’ll cut the serving in half.

Other side effects may include:

  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Mood Swings

So although 5-HTP is a great nootropic, it can tip you over if you’re already chemically balanced.

But it’s fantastic if you’re already stressed and fatigued. As it’s best used as occasional replenishment.

Other alternatives:

Overall, try it out for yourself.

>> You can get 5-HTP (200g) here

If you feel better, fantastic! Share your results in the comment section below!


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