The neurotransmitter serotonin is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan through 5-HTP. There have been some studies where 5HTP (500-1000mg daily) reduces anxiety. It can also help after taking recreational drugs like MDMA/XTC where serotonin levels can get depleted after use. 5HTP helps bring back those levels in the first 3-5 days after using MDMA/XTC which alleviates the feeling of being down/ or feelings of anxiety. Some studies have also shown it help alleviate withdrawal symptoms for people trying stop habitual drug use. Might I ask why you ask about 5HTP?
Because maybe another amino acid like N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) or Tyrosine might be a better fit. These two have more scientific backing in alleviating depression, anxiety, alleviate withdrawal and even OCD. Note that these studies show a much higher than recommended dose is needed for clinical result (4-5 gram(!) per day) which may get very costly. A cheap and quality supplier of these products is Bulk Powders https://www.bulkpowders.co.uk/ (also available on Amazon)
*Don't take these high doses in combination with a MAOI type antidepressant though! Please check with your physician when you take other prescribed medication if they can be used along side these amino acids and start with a dose of 500-1000mg a day!https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3044191/
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