5-Hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, is an amino acid that converts to serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a substance that acts as a neurotransmitter, or chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another.
What is 5-HTP?5-HTP is a natural product, extracted from the seed of the Griffonia simplicifolia plant. It is the immediate precursor to serotonin.
Health Benefits Of 5 HTP
One of the best weight loss products, 5-HTP promotes earlier feelings of satiety (the feeling of being "full") in your meal. Benefits of taking 5-HTP:
- • Lose weight
- • Experience satiety earlier and
- • Consume fewer carbohydrates
It has also been shown to shorten the time required to fall asleep and the amount of times you waken during the night.
Why Our 5-HTP is a Great ValueOur 5-HTP is certified Peak-X free (a contaminant found in some earlier products of 5-HTP). We use only the highest quality 5-HTP available. There are many lower quality, lower cost 5-HTP that don't offer the safety and quality that a certified Peak-X Free product like our does.Purchase Griffonia Seed Extract that you know is premium 5-HTP and certified Peak-X free for one of the best weight loss and sleep aid supplements available.
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5-HTPFind ProductsAlso indexed as:5-Hydroxytryptophan, Hydroxytryptophan
5-hydroxytryptophan is used by the human body to make serotonin, an important substance for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin appears to play significant roles in sleep, emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, and other body functions.1
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:
Used for Amount WhyDepression Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner [2 stars]Depression has been linked to serotonin imbalances in the brain. Supplementing with 5-HTP may increase serotonin synthesis and reduce symptoms.Fibromyalgia 100 mg three times per day [2 stars]Supplementing with 5-HTP may ease symptoms.Insomnia Adults: 200 mg two hours before bedtime and 400 mg at bedtime; children: 3 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) body weight [2 stars]5-HTP is converted into serotonin and might, therefore, be helpful for insomnia. In one study, supplementing with 5-HTP appeared to improve sleep quality.Migraine Headache 200 to 600 mg daily for adults, 20 mg for every 10 pounds of body weight for children [2 stars]Several studies have found 5-HTP to be effective at reducing the frequency, severity, and duration of migraine headaches.Obesity Take under medical supervision: 600 to 900 mg daily for no more than 12 weeks [2 stars]5-HTP has been shown to reduce appetite and to promote weight loss.Sleep Disturbances Refer to label instructions [2 stars]5-HTP is used by the human body to make serotonin, an important substance for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin appears to play significant roles in sleep.Tension Headache Adults: 300 mg daily; children: 100 mg daily [2 stars]Taking the supplement 5-hydroxytryptophan may lessen headache frequency and limit the need for pain-relieving medications.Bipolar Disorder Refer to label instructions [1 star]Supplementing with 5-HTP has had antidepressant effects in people with bipolar disorder; the effect was greater when combined with an antidepressant drug (doctor's supervision recommended)Eating Disorders Refer to label instructions [1 star]5-HTP has been shown to reduce appetite in weight-control and diabetes trials. However, what effect 5-HTP has on people with eating disorders is unknownSeasonal Affective Disorder 900 mg a day of a standardized extract [1 star]The supplement 5-Hydroxytryptophan increases serotonin production and has shown antidepressant activity. It may be useful in the treatment of SAD.
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- Best Quality Review by suescorner
I have tried several different 5-HTP products, and this brand with the extract, is by far the most effective 5-HTP I've used. I have low grade depression during high stress times, and do not sleep well... depending on the stress load 1-3 of these make a HUGE difference...
(Posted on 1/28/14)