5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an intermediate in the natural synthesis of the essential amino acid, tryptophan, to serotonin. Clinical studies suggest that 5-HTP supports healthy serotonin levels. In the body, 5-HTP converts to serotonin with the enzymatic removal of a carboxyl group (COOH). Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter involved in the regulation of endocrine and brain activity responsible for emotion, appetite and sleep/wake cycles.
Supplementation of 5-HTP may aid in supporting emotional well-being, moderating appetite and food cravings, and promoting healthy cranial vessel comfort and function.
Medicinal Ingredients: each vegetable capsule contains:
L-5-Hydroxytryptophan (Griffonia seed extract)
Adults: For healthy mood balance, take 1-2 capsules three times daily with food; for relief of symptoms of fibromyalgia, take 2 capsules three to four times daily with food. To minimize gastrointestinal side effect risk, start at 50-100 mg two to three times daily and slowly increase to an effective dose over 2 weeks. Use for a minimum of 1 week to see beneficial effects for mood balance and 2 weeks for the alleviation of fibromyalgia symptoms. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen or for use beyond one year.
Caution: Do not use if you have scleroderma. Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you are taking carbidopa or drugs/supplements with serotonergic activity. These may include, but are not limited to, l-tryptophan, s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), St. John's Wort, antidepressants, pain killers, over the counter cough and cold medications containing dextromethorphan, anti-nausea medication and anti-migraine medication. Discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner if you show signs of weakness, oral ulcers, or abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain or if you experience skin changes.
Sleep Aid: Consult a healthcare practitioner if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks (chronic insomnia).
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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