I was using a brand of 5HTP for a few weeks that I definitely liked – it was the house brand that Vitacost sells, and it was the best deal on 5htp, a derivative of tryptophan, that stuff in turkey that makes you so relaxed, that I could find. Well, I ended up running out and since I don’t order through mail usually unless I have run out of several other items, so I can save on shipping, I ended up going to the Vitamin Shoppe store that is right near where I work. They were very helpful, as they always are when you need something and don’t know where to look, and pointed me in the direction I needed to go.
There were several different brands, ranging in price and milligram measurement, and I ended up going with the Vitamin Shoppe store brand because they were the most reasonably priced for the amount of pills I was getting. The only component I wasn’t sure about in these supplements was the fact that they had Vitamin B6 added to them as well . I didn’t really want that extra vitamin, but I figured what the heck and bought them anyways.
What does Vitamin B6 do? Well, that’s a good question, I knew that B12 was a well known “energy” enhancement vitamin, but I knew little about B6, so I googled it when I got home. B6 is a good vitamin that helps us metabolize protein, more specifically, amino acids, and it is also thought to be a possible helpful antidote to clinical depression and PMS (I guess that’s why they added i to my 5htp supplement, so I have no complaints, because I tried it to see if it worked for mood elevation and appetite suppression to begin with).
But besides that, it also acts as a facilitator for the important feel good chemical seratonin and dopamine, and therefore may help to enhance other natural remedies for depression and anxiety which use herbs and other supplements, so that they can harmoniously work to elevate the levels of anti depression chemicals in the body. That’s the theory anyways, and I do have to say that I only took a few of these new ones supplemented with B6 so far, and I liked them.
Vitamin B6 is found in some meats, many cereals that are fortified (most of them are these days except for some of the more bare bones natural cereals), chick peas, tuna, certain types of nuts, and a variety of other foods from many food groups, which makes it somewhat unique because you wouldn’t expect to get one vitamin out of such a variety of foods that we consume.
Long term results still to be seen, but I think it’s a fairly good supplement that’s straightforward, easy to take, and has no noticeable side effects that I’ve seen thus far. That’s more than we can usually say for most prescription anti depression and anxiety drugs these days, right!?