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Emily Mattes 06-10-2011 05:19 PM

L-tryptophan/5-HTP supplementation
I'd like to try L-tryptophan or 5-HTP. Anyone have any recommended brands or dosage instructions for these?

Wayne Riddle 06-11-2011 04:08 AM

I take 100mg of 5-HTP every now and then, seems to help with my sleep.

Jane Michel 06-11-2011 06:55 AM

Out of the products at, this is the tryptophan I chose. This is the 5-HTP I might have bought.

Those tryptophan caps do not contain rice flour, but the 5-HTP caps do. I couldn't find any reasonably priced 5-HTP caps that didn't contain rice flour. That's one reason I chose tryptophan over 5-HTP.

The other reason is the chain of conversion: the body can convert tryptophan to 5-HTP, which it can conver to serotonin and melatonin. I prefer letting it decide how much of each it wants to make from a lower level than a higher level.

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