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Some people who take 5-HTP notice improved mood, decrease in appetite, reduced anxiety, and better sleep.


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Solgar 5-HTP  (5-Hydroxytroptophan)

Product Type: Nutritional Supplement
Mood, appetite, sleep

 

Nutritional Supplement Features:

  • 5-Hydroxytryptophan is the immediate precursor of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter regulating numerous important bodily functions, in particular brain and nerve function.

  • Approximately 70% of oral 5-HTP is converted to serotonin, compared with around 3% of L-tryptophan.

  • Serotonin may be converted in the body to melatonin, important in regulating the sleep-wake cycle.

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan or 5-hydroxy-l-tryptophan) is a natural supplement that converts in the brain into serotonin.  

 

Serotonin is an important brain chemical involved in mood, behaviour, appetite, and sleep.  

 

Serotonin is known as 5-HTP, or 5-hydroxytryptamine, and is found in many places in the body particularly the brain, gastrointestinal system, and blood cells.   (See Below for more.)

 

Nutritional Supplement Recommended Dosage:

As a food supplement for adults, one (1) vegetable capsule twice daily, with juice or water in between meals, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.

Nutritional Supplement Ingredients:

Each vegetable capsule provides: Magnesium (as oxide, amino acid chelate) 50mg 5-HTP100mg (L-5-Hydroxytryptophan from Standardised Griffonia simplicifolia Seed Extract) Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis) powdered Extract100mg Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride, P-5-P)10mg
Encapsulated with these natural ingredients:

microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate.

Vegetable capsule shell:
hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose.

Suitable for Vegetarians

Kosher
More information:

Benefits

This information gleaned from Ray Sahelian, M.D.
"Some people who take 5-HTP notice improved mood, decrease in appetite, reduced anxiety, and better sleep. I have come across some individuals who get wired instead of sleepy when taking 5-HTP.  

 

Some find that 5-HTP helps curb appetite and leads to weight loss. This nutrient could be used temporarily for appetite suppression while other lifestyle and dietary changes are being incorporated regarding a life long plan for keeping weight off. Not everyone notices the appetite suppressing effect from 5-HTP.

5-HTP may be temporarily helpful in conditions that normally require prescription antidepressants, antianxiety agents, sleeping pills, and weight loss drugs.  

 

5-HTP may also be helpful in some individuals with migraine headaches and fibromyalgia.

5-HTP reduces the severity of a panic attack which may indicate that panic attacks may be due to low serotonin levels.

A study in rodents indicates that 5-HTP may be useful in controlling the excessive food intake sometimes generated by stress, even if given without decarboxylase inhibitors or other drugs."

 

Caution:
Safety of 5-HTP has not been established in pregnancy or breast-feeding.

Consult with a medical doctor if on antidepressant medication.

 

Short term side effects from high doses of 5-HTP include nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps, nightmares, and decreased sex drive. Serotonin has an inhibitory effect on sexual behaviour. Tiredness and sleepiness can occur after several days or weeks of use which may indicate that a break should be taken from 5-HTP use. For those who experience nightmares or other side effects such as nausea or decreased energy, you may consider taking a lower dose.

 

About 5-HTP

5-HTP is used for sleep disorders such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, migraine and tension-type headaches, fibromyalgia, obesity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), seizure disorder, and Parkinson's disease..

How does 5-HTP work?

5-HTP works by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behaviour, and pain sensation. It is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an important role including depression, insomnia, obesity, and many other conditions.

5-HTP and Depression.

Some clinical research shows that taking 5-HTP by mouth improves symptoms of depression. Several studies have found that doses of 150-3000 mg daily for 2-4 weeks can improve symptoms of depression. Some early research shows that 5-HTP might be as beneficial as conventional antidepressant therapy for some people.

While the exact cause of depression is largely unknown, some researchers believe that a serotonin imbalance may influence your mood in a way that leads to depression.

5-HTP supplements are thought to treat depression by increasing serotonin levels.

5-HTP can Aid Weight Loss by Increasing Feelings of Fullness

5-HTP may increase feelings of fullness, causing you to eat less and lose weight.

Weight loss can increase the production of hormones that make you feel hungry. These feelings of constant hunger can make losing weight unsustainable in the long term.

5-HTP may counteract these hunger-inducing hormones, working to suppress appetite and help you lose weight.

In one study, 20 people with diabetes were randomly assigned to receive either 5-HTP or a placebo for two weeks. The results showed that those who received 5-HTP consumed approximately 435 fewer calories per day, compared to the placebo group.

What’s more, 5-HTP inhibited the intake of calories from carbohydrates, which was associated with better blood sugar control.

Many other studies have also found that 5-HTP increased feelings of fullness and aided weight loss in overweight or obese people.

Moreover, animal studies have shown that 5-HTP may reduce excessive food intake due to stress or depression.

5-HTP improved Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Supplementing with 5-HTP may improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by muscle and bone pain, as well as general weakness.

There is currently no known cause of fibromyalgia, but low serotonin levels have been associated with the condition.

This has led researchers to believe that increasing serotonin levels through 5-HTP supplements may benefit people with fibromyalgia. Indeed, early evidence suggests that 5-HTP may improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, including muscle pain, sleep problems, anxiety and fatigue.

However, not enough research has been conducted to draw any clear conclusions about the effectiveness of 5-HTP at improving fibromyalgia symptoms.

5-HTP is said to help with migraines

While their exact cause is debated, some researchers believe that migraines are triggered by low serotonin levels. One study in 124 people compared the ability of 5-HTP and methysergide, a common migraine medication, to prevent migraines. It found that supplementing with 5-HTP daily for six months prevented or significantly decreased the number of migraine attacks in 71% of participants.

In another study in 48 students, 5-HTP produced a 70% decrease in headache frequency, compared to an 11% decrease in the placebo group (34Trusted Source).

5-HTP and sleep

Melatonin plays an important role in regulating sleep as its levels begin to rise in the evening to promote sleep and fall in the morning to help wake you up. Therefore, supplementing with 5-HTP may promote sleep by increasing melatonin production in your body.

One human-based study showed that a combination of 5-HTP and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) significantly reduced the time it took to fall asleep, increased sleep duration and improved sleep quality.

GABA is a chemical messenger that promotes relaxation. Combining it with 5-HTP likely has a synergistic effect.

In fact, several animal and insect studies suggest that 5-HTP improves sleep quality and that the effect is greater when combined with GABA.

While these results are promising, the lack of human-based studies makes it difficult to recommend 5-HTP for improving sleep quality, especially when it is used in isolation.


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