This dietary supplement provides a natural source of L-5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) extracted from the seeds of the Griffonia plant. 5-HTP offers numerous benefits as the direct precursor to serotonin, an important brain neurotransmitter.
Serotonin precursor: Serotonin levels in the brain are highly dependent on the availability of 5-HTP within the central nervous system. 5-HTP easily crosses the blood-brain barrier without the requirement of a transport carrier. Adequate serotonin levels also play a significant role in melatonin production.
Mood-enhancing compound: 5-HTP has attracted a significant amount of attention due to studies showing the benefits of increased serotonin and melatonin levels. Reports have cited benefits for mood regulation, sleep quality, and appetite control with 5-HTP supplementation.
Natural and safe compound: 5-HTP is a natural compound biologically present in the body. It is extracted from the seeds of an Africian plant (Griffonia simplicifolia) for use in supplements. 5-HTP is well-absorbed orally and is not affected by other amino acids. In addition, 5-HTP in this product is certified to be free of Peak X, an undesirable contaminant.
5-HTP is intended for individuals who wish to support the production of the neurohormones, serotonin and melatonin, therefore helping to balance mood, sleep cycles, and appetite. Each vegetarian capsule supplies 100 mg of L-5-hydroxytryptophan.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is 5-HTP found?
5-HTP is not found in significant amounts in a typical diet. The human body manufactures 5-HTP from L-tryptophan, a natural amino acid found in many dietary proteins. However, eating food that contains L-tryptophan does not significantly increase 5-HTP levels. Supplemental 5-HTP is derived from the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia, a West African medicinal plant.
How much is usually taken?
The amount of 5-HTP needed varies between individuals. Most studies have used 100–900 mg per day.
Are there any side effects or precautions?
Some people taking large amounts of 5-HTP experience nausea or, less often, headache, sleepiness, muscle pain, or anxiety. 5-HTP should not be taken with antidepressants, weight-control drugs, other serotonin modifying agents, or substances known to cause liver damage. Individuals with liver disease may not be able to adequately regulate 5-HTP. Those suffering from autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma may be more sensitive than others to 5-HTP. The safety of 5-HTP during pregnancy or breast-feeding is unknown at this time. Use of 5-HTP should be in consultation with a knowledgeable healthcare professional.
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