Natural Factors: 5-HTP (50mg) (60 Caplets)

Natural Factors: 5-HTP (50mg) (60 Caplets)

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5-HTP is an amino acid vital to the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low serotonin is linked to many common conditions including depression, obesity, sleeplessness, migraines, and fibromyalgia. By improving serotonin levels, Natural Factors 5-HTP can help support emotional well-being, improve sleep quality, relieve the pain of fibromyalgia, prevent migraines, and curb appetite.

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is the amino acid that is the middle step between tryptophan and the important brain chemical serotonin. 5-HTP boosts serotonin levels and may offer benefit in conditions linked to low serotonin levels. Considerable scientific evidence indicates that low serotonin levels are linked to a number of common conditions, including depression, obesity, fibromyalgia and headaches. Commercially available 5-HTP is isolated from a seed from an African plant (Griffonia simplicifolia).

How can it help with depression? There is excellent documentation that 5-HTP is an effective antidepressant agent. 5-HTP often produces very good results in patients who are unresponsive to standard antidepressant drugs. More patients in a double-blind study responded to 5-HTP than fluvoxamine and 5-HTP was quicker acting than the fluvoxamine. The real advantage of 5-HTP in this study was the low rate of side effects. The most frequent side effect with 5-HTP was mild nausea, but this only occurred in less than one out of ten subjects. However, enteric coated caplets virtually eliminated any nausea

Fibromyalgia is a recently recognized disorder regarded as a common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. 5-HTP can largely improve the painful picture of fibromyalgia as demonstrated in several double-blind studies. Because chronic headache sufferers have low levels of serotonin in their tissues, some researchers refer to migraine and chronic headaches as a "low serotonin syndrome". There have been several clinical studies with 5-HTP in headaches, both migraine and tension headaches, that have showed excellent results. In particular, 5-HTP is very effective in the prevention of migraine headache.

Several clinical studies have shown 5-HTP to produce good results in promoting and maintaining sleep in normal subjects as well as those experiencing insomnia. One of the 5-HTP's key benefits in the treatment of insomnia is its ability to increase sleep quality.

Many people may be predisposed to being overweight because they have a decreased conversion of tryptophan to 5-HTP and, as a result, decreased serotonin levels. By providing preformed 5-HTP, this genetic defect is bypassed and more serotonin is manufactured. 5-HTP literally turns off hunger.

Benefits

  • Helps improve mood.
  • Combats insomnia by improving sleep quality.
  • Relieves the pain of fibromyalgia.
  • Helps prevent migraines.
  • Facilitates weight loss by promoting feelings of satiety.

Dosage

1-2 caplets, 3 times daily with food or as directed by a health care practitioner. Use for a minimum of 1 week to see beneficial effects.

Ingredients

Medicinal ingredients

Each Caplet Contains:  
L-5-Hydroxytryptophan (Griffonia simplicifolia
(Griffonia seed)

50 mg

Non-Medicinal ingredients

Dibasic Calcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Purified Water, Enteric Coating (Ethylcellulose, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Oleic Acid, Carbohydrate Gum [Cellulose], Glycerin, Sodium Alginate, Stearic Acid), Vegetable Grade Magnesium Stearate (Lubricant).

Dietary Needs

Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, No Shellfish, Soy Free, Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

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