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5-HTP is an amino acid that is a direct precursor of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter having pain soothing and relaxing effects. It improves mood, anxiety and is beneficial in weight loss.
5-HTP and Carb Cravings
Researchers believe that inadequate serotonin levels are in part responsible for the desire to overeat. Not surprisingly, obese individuals who crave carbohydrates usually show abnormally low levels of serotonin. Taking a 5-HTP supplement half an hour before a meal can " turn off" cravings and hunger pangs by feeding the brains carbohydrate satiety center. In this way 5-HTP can be a great asset as part of a weight-loss regime.
5-HTP and Addiction
The use of many addictive substances, such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and certain narcotics, elevates serotonin levels. When these substances are eliminated, serotonin levels drop drastically, causing anxiety and cravings. Taking 5-HTP can stabilize serotonin levels and help minimize the symptoms of withdrawal.
5-HTP and PMS
PMS sufferers report pain relief, as well as decreased irritability and mood swings from using 5-HTP. The supplement works by countering the hormone-induced decrease in serotonin levels that occur naturally during menstruation.
5-HTP and Sleep
Because of its calming effect, many rely on 5-HTP to alleviate stress-attacks, as well as to encourage restful sleep. Unlike sedative drugs, 5-HTP is not associated with unwanted side effects, such as disturbed sleep patterns or grogginess. It can be taken regularly one hour before retiring as a remedy for insomnia.
Conditions with low serotonin levels helped by 5-HTP:
• Carbohydrate craving
• Sleep apnea
• Migraine headaches
• Tension headaches
• Chronic daily headaches
• Premenstrual syndrome
|Serving Size:||1 Capsule|
|Per Container:||60 Capsules|
|Ingredients (Amount Per Serving)||100 mg L-5-HTP(l-5-hydroxytryptophan)(Griffonia simplicifolia)(seed) 95%)|
Adult, One Vcap, three times daily with food or as directed by a health care practitioner. To minimize the risk of gastrointestinal side effects, start dosing at 100 mg, 2-3 times daily and slowly increase to effective dose over 2 week period
DURATION OF USE: Use for a minimum of 1 week to see beneficial effects. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 1 year.
|Warning||Do not use if you have scleroderma.
ADVERSE SIDE EFFECTS: Some people may experience drowsiness. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Some people may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
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