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post #81 of 650
I am curious-- has anyone has noticed improvement just by adding inositol-rich foods to their diet?

I found this study that analyzed amounts of inositol in a few hundred different foods here (it says you need to pay for the paper but I think I was able to access it for free because it's over 10 yrs old) It seems to indicate that there are over 450 mg just in a glass of grapefruit juice. I know many of you are taking 12 g per day- so that's still a lot of grapefruit juice ! But I'm just curious to see if anyone has taken this approach along with or instead of the inositol powder.

In the meantime, I think I'm going to browse through the tables in that study and do some careful meal planning this week. I figure it's worth a try.
post #82 of 650
cool will have to check that out! thnx
post #83 of 650
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Originally Posted by KatSG
If you aren't comfortable with 5-HTP, I suggest you try Tyrosine, as I've never seen any warnings on labels. It is the amino acid your body draws from food to make the precursors to seratonin, of which 5-HTP is one. So it's like you're just taking a step backwards in the process. I actually take both, which is why I checked with my naturopath, to make sure it wasn't too much, and he said it was fine, that my dosages is actually small and he was pleased I was getting that much relief from such a small dosage of each.
I take both too as part of a custom amino acid supplement. I was very low in both tryptophan and tyrosine, among several others. The supplementation changed my life.

Bestbirths -- you may not be low at all in tryptophan if it had that kind of effect on you. I wonder if you need it at all.
post #84 of 650
anyone notice really dry lips after taking inositol? I started yesterday by just taking 2 pills a day..my lips are so dry. I never had this problem here in the NW and I frequently use chapstick anyhow..i am having to use lanilan (sp) and they are still battling being dry. I am drinking water too....normally drink too much coffee and don't have this problem....
post #85 of 650
I just found this thread and read through it. I have been having extreme mood problems off and on since I was about 7 months pregnant. my DD is 3 months old now, and DS is almost 3 yr old. Mostly I have extreme irritability, having days where I just get so impatient with everything and everyone. I don't really get impatient with my baby, but everything else it seems. This just isn't fair for my DS to be screamed at (not just yelling, truly screaming!) on the really bad days. Anyhow I was having some bad days the last few days and was looking for natural remedies and found this thread. I went ahead and starting taking the Inositol powder and 5-HTP. Just started taking it yesterday....I notice a difference already. Very cool! I also went ahead and got the Mood Cure book that was mentioned. It will be nice to read that ... I just perused it so far and it looks good. I do have the side effect of diahrreah after taking it though...does this go away after a while?
post #86 of 650
KatSG, I really want to thank you for recommending the Mood Cure. I've read it and am starting to use it for both my husband and I. I scored high on all 4 questionairres and my husband scored high on 3 of them. It's just been 2 days and we are already noticing some changes. I think I will have to get tested to confirm pyroluria as well, as I answered yes to every single question on that...very interesting. Thanks so much!
post #87 of 650
For those of you that have been taking Inositol and 5-HTP, how long was it before you noticed a difference? This is my fifth day, and its been my best day in quite awhile.
post #88 of 650
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Originally Posted by Queen of Cups
For those of you that have been taking Inositol and 5-HTP, how long was it before you noticed a difference? This is my fifth day, and its been my best day in quite awhile.
That's great news. I have not taken the Inositol, but do take 5HTP as part of a custom blend of amino acids (so I'm taking others as well). I noticed a difference in 3 days and was a new person in 7 days. The amino acid company says that it may take as few as 3 but as much as 30. It probably depends on how deficient you are and how well the dose matches up.
post #89 of 650
I just wanted to say that after i read the mood cure book. I started following the diet plan and its helped me alot even my husband has noticed it. I dont have as much anxiety and PAttacks as i use too they are less and less.Matter of fact it been awhile since i had an attack, i cant even remember.
post #90 of 650
hmm....that is good to know..I need to get that one.
post #91 of 650
Just wanted to thank you ladies. You all inspired me to get off my sad little hiney and try something. I did nothing about my PPD because I didn't want meds and didn't believe anything natural could have this much effect. Literally after 24 hours I felt like a new person. The difference is astounding. If I forget to take a dose I start snapping and getting anxious and going downhill---take my dose and I'm relaxed and fun again.

I'm still working out what and how much to take (I'm on Theanine Serene which is a blend of L-Theanine, Tyrosine, GABA and some propriatory Relora -green tea extract-) I'm curious about the "custom" amino acid supplements some of you mentioned. Who prescribed them or where did you get them "customized" to you or your needs.

Many many thanks to you all for your positive outlook that something natural can work and helpful suggestions.
Violet
post #92 of 650
Violet --

I get my custom amino acid blend from this company:

Metabolic Maintenance

And the test itself which the customization is based on is from this company:

Metametrix

But what I just noticed and I've been meaning to report is that Metabolic Maintenance sells the base formula of their custom formulation. So the custom formula I take is the base plus 3-4 aminos that I was really low in.

I think the base might be a really good place to start because it doesn't look like you need a doctor to order it, you can just try it. It;s here:

Amino Base Formula

I would also at 5htp at night before bed, maybe 100 mg. The base does not include 5htp. DON'T TAKE 5HTP IF YOU ARE ON MEDICATION, but I think the base is OK to take, I'd ask a doctor.

Amino acids are expensive, wherever you buy them, so be ready for sticker shock.

Amanda
post #93 of 650
How did you decide which tests to get? Did your dr. order them? There are so many I'm not sure where to begin. Do you know the costs?


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Originally Posted by Gale Force
Violet --

I get my custom amino acid blend from this company:

Metabolic Maintenance

And the test itself which the customization is based on is from this company:

Metametrix

But what I just noticed and I've been meaning to report is that Metabolic Maintenance sells the base formula of their custom formulation. So the custom formula I take is the base plus 3-4 aminos that I was really low in.

I think the base might be a really good place to start because it doesn't look like you need a doctor to order it, you can just try it. It;s here:

Amino Base Formula

I would also at 5htp at night before bed, maybe 100 mg. The base does not include 5htp. DON'T TAKE 5HTP IF YOU ARE ON MEDICATION, but I think the base is OK to take, I'd ask a doctor.

Amino acids are expensive, wherever you buy them, so be ready for sticker shock.

Amanda
post #94 of 650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Worldshakerz
KatSG, I really want to thank you for recommending the Mood Cure. I've read it and am starting to use it for both my husband and I. I scored high on all 4 questionairres and my husband scored high on 3 of them. It's just been 2 days and we are already noticing some changes. I think I will have to get tested to confirm pyroluria as well, as I answered yes to every single question on that...very interesting. Thanks so much!

You're very welcome! I'm so glad it's working for you. My husband started using the supplements, too, and it turned out that he needed them a lot more than I did. Interesting dynamic in our relationship...I'm the one who is willing to take responsibility for the fact that I've got anxiety issues, he was the one who wouldn't even take a vitamin. I'm taking them on an "as needed" basis, he is religious about taking them. What it also tells me is that we need to overhaul our diet, I don't think he's getting enough real protein. As soon as he finished the kitchen remodel...
post #95 of 650
Kat -- Sorry about that. It's the bloodspot amino acid test at Metametrix that costs about $125. You use a lancet to poke your finger and draw the blood. About 50% of the lancets have been defective in my experience. I go to my doc to get the test done to avoid the stress. I just time the test with a doctor's visit. I've also acquired lancets over the years just in case.

The custom blend costs about $75/month.

If you are responding well to the Mood Cure, these supplements could change your life. If you can afford them, I would go for it. The base formula is a good cheaper option.

My perspective on all of this though is that you still need to fix the vitamin and mineral deficiencies that you have, so amino therapy (God bless it) does not do that. It helps you survive, just like medication does.
post #96 of 650
Hi i just wanted to share my "program" with you all.
I had ppd after my first child. i saw a naturpath who put me on these supplements

5htp 50mg 2x day
GABA 750 mg 1x day
L-theanine 100mg 2 day
Along with a b complex
fish oil
cal/mag

It worked really fast and I was back to being a normal person.

I had my second baby 5 months ago and I have been depressed along with major anxiety. i was seriously considering meds because i was taking the fish oil and b vits and it wasnt helping .
But then my husband reminded me about the 5htp, L theanine and GABA(DUH!)
i started taking them again about a week ago and I feel fantastic. Now that i am feeling like myself again I now see how bad it had gotten for me in the last 5 months.
the aminos are truely like a miracle for me.
i hope it can help others too
post #97 of 650
Hi,
I've been reading these posts with interest. I have some anxiety and am nursing a newborn and was wondering if GABA, b complex, 5htp and l-theanine are safe to take while nursing.

TIA.
post #98 of 650
I am pretty sure that KatSG is taking those things and she is pregnant and possibly still nursing...
post #99 of 650
Yes! I'm 31 weeks pregnant and have continued taking aminos with the OK of 2 midwives and a naturopath. The only thing you have to watch for is the other ingredients. All of mine seem to add B6, which I wish they wouldn't, so after my MW added an iron supplement with more B's I've stopped taking my B complex (and I kind of miss it, but I'm fine). I just want to make sure I'm not getting too much. I started this regime while I was still nursing dd.

You may see warnings on some labels about taking during pg or nursing. I checked with a naturopath who has access to all the warnings on supplements and he felt pretty strongly that this was all CYA and that he would let his wife take them and encouraged me to keep taking mine since I was having such great results.

And just another reminder of this great book: The Mood Cure. This is how I figured out how much to take and when to know I had all I needed.
post #100 of 650
so did you have anxiety too? And how long until you started feeling better? Please provide details if possible! I am 3 weeks postpartum and don't feel like I could handle taking care of my son by myself, I just want to feel like myself again!
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