I wanted to let everyone know that I've been testing 5HTP for the severe depression I've encountered over the past 6 months. I started taking 50mg per day, typically with lunch or dinner. I had tried it a couple of months ago and noticed marginal results and stopped using it for some time, as I literally forgot to take it.
I was going through the most severe depression to date this week and thought I'd try some again. I took 100mg today (50mg with dinner and another 50mg an hour after) and I must say that my mood is quite elevated and I feel quite a bit better, like I can function and not crippled by depression.
It seems as though the product works better when depression is most severe. 5HTP is a natural serotonin inhibitor and works to increase serotonin levels in the brain. I get a slight ringing in the ears, which tells me that its working, as SSRI's have the same side effect when serotonin levels are elevated.
I'm going to take at least 50mg per day over the next week and follow up with results. I've read that even 100mg can be a hefty dose to the new user, hence the reason I separate dosing.
I would recommend anyone with moderate to severe depression give it a try, as yesterday I could hardly move from the depression and today I'm feeling quite a bit better since taking the product. The kind I use also contains vitamin B6, which helps to absorb the chemical responsible for serotonin elevation and is also a natural mood booster.
I've also read online reviews of 5HTP and there are people saying a lot of good things about it. It's also affordable at around $19 (CDN), per 60 capsules.