Are Amino Acids Safe in Pregnancy?

Question: Are Amino Acids Safe in Pregnancy?

I read in a book recently that said that amino acids can be extremely beneficial in the treatment of anxiety and depression. My question to you is, are they safe to use during pregnancy? - Maria

Answer: Unfortunately, there is little information about the safety of amino acid supplements (such as tyrosine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, and 5-HTP) during pregnancy.



Although amino acids are in foods containing protein, the amount found in amino acid supplements is much greater than that found in a normal diet.

Keep in mind that supplements haven't been tested for safety and dietary supplements are largely unregulated. In some cases, the product may deliver doses that differ from the specified amount for each herb. In other cases, the product may be contaminated with other substances such as metals. Also, the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established. You can get further tips on using supplements here.

If you're pregnant and considering using amino acid supplements (or any other form of alternative medicine), it is crucial that you consult your obstetrician first. Self-treating may have serious consequences. 

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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