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How to Take Glutamine, 5-HTP & Tyrosine

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author image Andy Jackson
Andy Jackson has been writing professionally since 2010. He is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jackson is also a lifestyle and weight management consultant whose work has appeared in various online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and health, and a Master of Science in sports studies from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
How to Take Glutamine, 5-HTP & Tyrosine
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Glutamine and tyrosine are amino acids, and 5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, is the byproduct of the amino acid tryptophan. All three of these supplements are available in drugstores and each performs a different function within the body. Glutamine may help with wound healing and building muscle mass, tryosine may help with stress and regulating hormones, and 5-HTP may be effective in the treatment of depression, fibromyalgia and insomnia, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dosing for each supplement varies; consult your physician before starting a supplement program.

Glutamine

Step 1

Swallow a minimum of one 500 mg glutamine tablet three times a day with a cold beverage. Avoid taking the supplement with hot foods or beverages which may structurally change the amino acid. Do not exceed 15,000 mg per day.

Step 2

Dissolve 1 tbsp. of glutamine powder in 8 oz. of sterile water or saline – available from a medical supply store – for use as an oral rinse. Swish 1 to 2 oz. of the mixture in your mouth and spit. Do this four times a day to treat chemotherapy-induced mouth irritation.

Step 3

Avoid taking glutamine if you have kidney disease, liver disease or Reye’s syndrome. Do not consume glutamine supplements if you are on a cancer treatment using doxorubicin, methotrexate or 5-fluorouracil.

Tyrosine

Step 1

Take between one and three 500-mg tyrosine tablets three times a day before meals. Take the supplement with a vitamin B supplement to help your body absorb the tyrosine.

Step 2

Calculate dosage. Use 150 mg/kg of body weight divided in three doses daily to treat sleep deprivation. To find your weight in kilograms, multiply your weight in pounds by 0.45. Multiply the result by 150.

Step 3

Avoid taking tyrosine if you have hyperthyroidism or Grave’s disease, or if you suffer from migraine headaches. Do not take tyrosine if you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, or MAOI, thyroid hormone or levodopa, also known as L-dopa.

5-HTP

Step 1

Consume one 50-mg tablet of 5-HTP one to three times per day. Consult your physician before taking higher doses as 5-HTP can be toxic at high doses and may cause eosinophilic myalgia syndrome, or EMS.

Step 2

Avoid taking 5-HTP if you have high blood pressure or have liver disease. Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing.

Step 3

Take caution. Be aware that 5-HTP may interact with antidepressants, carbidopa which is used for Parkinson’s disease, the pain medication tramadol and triptans, used to treat migraines.

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