First, levels of serotonin have little to do with mental health, as far as we know. There is no scientific evidence people with depression or anxiety have different levels of serotonin than anyone else. Now, some people might test low for serotonin, but that wouldn't necessarily mean they had mental problems -- there's far more serotonin in the digestive tract and the blood vessels than in the brain. Anti-depressants don't work by elevating serotonin, they work by preventing its breakdown and targeting it to particular receptors (causing other receptors to shut down until discontinuation). 5-htp is a metabolite of tryptophan, which, together with cofactors such as B6, manufactures serotonin naturally in the body. When 5-htp works, it probably does so by maximizing the efficiency of the body's uptake of serotonin. Whether it helps you or not depends on whether your body sees a need for it, and how you individually metabolize it. As with medication, it's very individual. The dosage will be on the label, but we do vary in our needs sometimes. It depends on how much is in the capsule. Some will put a day's worth in one capsule, some will divide it into two or three doses. Depends on the product. Safety is also individual -- some people are helped, some feel nothing, and some get unwanted side effects, such as increased anxiety, as with any medicine whether natural or not. The good thing is, if you don't like it, you can just stop taking it, a dangerous thing to do with anti-depressants. But also keep in mind Type 2 diabetes is a dietary disease, and if the blood sugar problems are causing your mental problems, dietary treatment and therapeutic techniques might get you to the same place. Also, natural remedies are usually used in combinations, not singly, holistically. Something to keep in mind for your future research. Good luck.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.