This is a versatile supplement. Its benefits include promoting mood health, suppressing appetite, and getting to sleep faster. See below for ways to amplify each benefit.
Stacking 5-HTP for Sleep and other Benefits
Several formulated supplements exist that use 5-HTP as an ingredient. You can purchase these ready-made formulas for a significant markup in price.
But you are smarter than the average consumer. You know that on a per-serving basis, formulas are many times more expensive than buying ingredients in bulk. Here are some examples of stacks which exist in more expensive formulated supplements, along with ingredient amounts so you can make your own cost-effective version.
Take GABA and 5-HTP together to reduce the time needed to fall asleep. Or stack L-theanine with this extract to further promote mood health. A formula by a company named ProHealth uses 100mg of L-theanine, 275mg of GABA, and just 10mg of 5-HTP for this stack.
Other sleep supplement formulas stack 5-HTP with melatonin. Swanson’s sleep formula uses 3mg of melatonin with 50mg of 5-HTP.
Another ingredient to try stacking for healthy mood benefits is L-tyrosine, preferably NALT (N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine).
If you take a 5-HTP supplement for body composition benefits, then try stacking it with EGCG (found in quality green tea extract supplements).
5-HTP Dosage and Timing
Start with 50mg of 5-HTP to assess tolerance. Then increase up to 250mg if you do not experience the desired effects at lower doses. Never take more than 250mg daily. If you take 5-HTP for appatite suppression benefits, then take it with your meal.