Hello, I'm Stella Metsovas, and today I'm going to discuss how to take 5-HTP with or without food, 5-Hydroxytryptophan is an amino acid that serves as the precursor to serotonin and melatonin by tryptophan. So basically these supplements have been used over the years to naturally increase serotonin, the feel good chemical in the brain. There are numerous studies published showing that 5-HTP's efficacy in treating mood disorders like depression are pretty positive. In "The Journal of Psychiatric Medicine" researchers concluded that 5-HTP has definitely got antidepressant effects in patients with depression. These effects were seen within two weeks of treatment and were apparent in all degrees of depression. Now, before I recommend how to take 5-HTPon, be very careful when supplementing with this amino acid because it has many possible drug interactions. So always check with your doctor and online at Drugs.com for known interactions. When starting to take 5-HTP, ease your body in by taking a small dose. Start with a 50 mg. dose, take three times a day and take 20 to 30 minutes before your meals. If you don't think 50 mgs. is working, go up slightly higher and always talk to your doctor about increasing the dose.