Part 1 of this series described how taking only 5-HTP can exacerbate neurotransmitter imbalance because of issues during the production of neurotransmitters. Part 2 described a similar problem that can occur during the degradation of neurotransmitters. The upshot is that if you take only 5-HTP, it will cause (a) decreased production and (b) increased degradation of all the catecholamines, including dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. Since serotonin and the catecholamines work as a system, this creates greater imbalance in the system, which will eventually either make your original problems worse or create new ones.
The solution to this dilemma is to take the correct balance of amino acids that your body needs to achieve optimal neurotransmitter function. Because this balance is specific to your exact needs, specialized testing is often necessary to determine the dosing necessary to restore proper balance. In order to achieve optimal neurotransmitter function, it is imperative that you work with a provider with specialize training in amino acid therapy and that has experience working with neurotransmitter imbalances.
We have worked with people from all over the world to achieve optimal neurotransmitter function. If you cannot find a provider that specializes in amino acid therapy near you, please give us a call and set up an initial phone consultation so you can get started.