5-HTP (L-5-Hydroxytryptophan) is an intermediate in the natural conversion of the essential amino acid tryptophan, to serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter. Clinical studies have shown that 5-HTP increases the amount and availability of serotonin produced by the body. It may support healthy moods, eating habits, and sleep cycles.†Source Naturals 5-HTP is naturally derived from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia.
5-HTP may help support the body’s balanced production of two important sleep regulating hormones—serotonin, and melatonin. Eventually, the serotonin in your body is converted into melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate healthy 24-hour sleep cycles known as circadian rhythms.
Aging, hormone imbalance, and various forms of physical or emotional stress can decrease melatonin levels and disrupt sleep cycles. Fortunately, that balance can be recouped. When 5-HTP increases serotonin production, melatonin production is also increased, which helps the body regain a healthy circadian rhythm.† However, you need adequate serotonin levels to maintain this balance.
Sleep is especially important in today's world. It's the time when the body repairs, rebuilds, and replenishes the tissues and compounds that have been damaged or depleted by the daily demands of life. But when there is too much stress, imbalances occur that can keep you from getting enough sleep.
5-HTP may help promote healthy sleep cycles. It's created when the tryptophan in the body is converted into serotonin. 5-HTP can cross the blood-brain barrier and is associated with increasing active serotonin levels as well as serotonin production.†
Individuals taking the antidepressant medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (such as fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, and citalopram) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) (such as phenelzine, isocarboxazid, selegiline, and tranylcypromine) should not use 5-HTP, as it enhances the action of these drugs and may increase the risk for developing a dangerous condition known as "serotonin syndrome." Serotonin syndrome is characterized by mental status changes, rigidity, hot flashes, rapidly fluctuating blood pressure and heart rate, and possibly coma.
Similarly, other drugs for depression that interfere with the uptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin, namely trazodone and venlafaxine, may also lead to serotonin syndrome when used along with 5-HTP. If you are currently taking any of the above prescription medications, you should not use 5-HTP without first talking to your healthcare provider.
5-HTP may cause mild gastrointestinal disturbances including nausea, heartburn, flatulence, feelings of fullness, and rumbling sensations in some people. Pregnant or nursing women and individuals with high blood pressure or diabetes should consult a healthcare practitioner before taking 5-HTP.
Capsules per Container: 60 Capsules, 100 mg
Serving Size: Two (2) Capsules
Servings per Container: 60
Supplement Facts for 100 mg Capsule
5-HTP (from Griffonia simplicifolia), 100 mg (†)
† Daily Value not established.
Other Ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, gelatin (capsule), silica, and magnesium stearate.
HYPOALLERGENIC: Contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, corn, soy, or wheat. Contains no sugar, starch, salt, preservatives, artificial colors, flavor, or fragrance.Suggested Use: 1 or 2 capsules once or twice daily with meals, or as directed by your healthcare professional
Warning: Not for use by children, or pregnant or lactating women. If you are taking antidepressants, SSRIs, MAOIs, sedatives, painkillers, or other drugs, or if you have any medical condition, consult your physician before taking 5-HTP. In some people, temporary nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal discomfort may occur. If these symptoms occur, lower the dose, or spread the dose throughout the day. Discontinue use if any of these symptoms persist for more than three days. May cause drowsiness; do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how 5-HTP affects you.
Do not use if either tamper-evident seal is broken or missing. Keep out of the reach of children.
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