5htp – 5 hydroxy-tryptophan

Supplement In Focus
by Dr. Michael Kane
5htp – 5 hydroxy-tryptophan
This supplement is a form of the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is more commonly known as the compound in turkey that aides in sleep.  We use this supplement for insomnia but because it is a metabolic precursor to serotonin, it is also used for a number of ailments including depression, anxiety and fibromyalgia.
Although 5htp for the most part is well tolerated, some people can have some digestive upset taking it.  Sometimes we recommend taking it with a snack or small meal but ideally it should be taken on an empty stomach.
 We carry both 50 mg and 100 mg capsules and dosing can vary depending on why your doctor is prescribing it.
There are some contraindications for this supplement so if you want to give it a try please check with your doctor first.