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Should I take 5htp for depression or tryptophan?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jeffrey Junig
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Neither
Frankly, there is little evidence that either chemical treats depression.
Both substances may get absorbed from the intestine, but they don't change brain levels of serotonin. Even if they did, depression is much more complicated than 'low serotonin'. Many people get a placebo boost from taking such products, double blind studies don't show them to be effective.

In brief: Neither
Frankly, there is little evidence that either chemical treats depression.
Both substances may get absorbed from the intestine, but they don't change brain levels of serotonin. Even if they did, depression is much more complicated than 'low serotonin'. Many people get a placebo boost from taking such products, double blind studies don't show them to be effective.
Dr. Jeffrey Junig
Dr. Jeffrey Junig
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Possible Help
5-htp has been advocated as a helpful supplement for mood.
It is possible that it would be helpful in mild depression, but it is not likely to give consistent benefit by itself for more severe depression.

In brief: Possible Help
5-htp has been advocated as a helpful supplement for mood.
It is possible that it would be helpful in mild depression, but it is not likely to give consistent benefit by itself for more severe depression.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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