I have been placed on a keto diet for reactive hypoglycaemia due to stress and probable serotonin deficiency. Eating low carb diet has been fine but have been eating lots of healthy fats which have been high in tyramine which I had never heard of before. I had hypertensive crisis last week and have stopped eating the tyramine foods. My question is that I take 5 htp and have been for about a month and is that safe with tyramine foods? Any advice would be great.
Dear Anette, You have complex, including very concerning, issues to deal with.
You can go to the Blog section in this site and click on the tyramine sensitivity category to read stories of many people’s reactions, and my useful comments, to understand more. As well you can go to the free Articles section and read all the information about any symptoms you or your family members have, including the Family Sensitivity History. As well do read all those articles on amines. 5htp is an amine so needs to be discussed with your doctor.
If you are really motivated about learning all the detail that will help, you will find my book Tolerating Troublesome Foods very helpful. It includes chapters on understanding your reactions, and how tolerance can change for many reasons, as well as hints on how to test foods so your diet gradually can become less strict.
As well you need ongoing appointments with your diabetologist to manage your hypoglycaemia, and this will involve seeing a dietitian to discuss how to manage your diet going forward for years.
You also need ongoing care from your own doctor for support of your hypertensive crisis.
I wish you well in your challenges and am glad you can use my site to support your efforts. Joan