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L-Tryptophan and St. John's Wort?

Discussion in '5-HTP, CBD, CEBT Therapy, SAM-e, Rhodiola, books' started by Fast Heart Mart, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Fast Heart Mart

    Fast Heart Mart New Member

    Hi! Does anyone here know if taking L-Tryptophan with St. John's Wort can cause bad interactions? I ask because I have been taking ST.John's Wort for about 2 weeks now. I think it is helping, but I could still use some help with my sleep. I get to sleep fine, I just can't seem to STAY asleep. This article seems compelling for in favor of taking L-Tryptophan for sleep:
    http://dominatedepression.com/secret-combination-supplements-knock-you-out/

    I plan on taking the Holy Basil, but I'm not sure I should take the L-Tryptophan while I'm taking the ST. John's Wort? I take my SJW in the morning and I would take the L-Tryptophan before bed, if that makes any difference?

    I know I saw it on here somewhere, but what about taking St John's Wort with 5 HTP? Is that ok? Or?

    Thanks for any help :)
     
  2. TheMike

    TheMike New Member

    Hi,

    So this reply is rather late in coming, but I thought I'd give it a go just in case. I know of people who have had good results with L-Tryptophan and St John's Wort, although many need to also supplement L-Tyrosine as well to balance the L-Tryptophan. This is true for 5 HTP as well, need to balance it I mean. If a person notices anxiety increasing, especially after meals, that's a sign of needing Tyrosine. Best to start small and work up. I myself open capsules and take a fraction at a time, something that's fine as long as it's not a slow-release pill. As for 5-HTP vs. L-tryptophan, I only had good experiences with a single brand of 5 HTP and they seem to have changed something so I switched to L-Tryptophan. 5 HTP was easier to work with because it could be taken anytime, regardless of food or other amino acids, but L-Tryptophan gets through the blood-brain barrier at a higher rate and seems to dissipate more slowly, so better for sleeping.

    I hope you've had some good results. :)
     

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