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5-HTP Supplements

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) supplements are sourced from wild crafted seeds of the plant Griffonia simplicifolia, native to Central and West Africa. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter important for healthy sleep-wake cycles and moods.

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5-HTP Info

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) supplements are sourced from wild crafted seeds of the plant Griffonia simplicifolia - native to Central and West Africa. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin, the neurotransmitter important for healthy sleep wake cycles and moods. It may support levels of serotonin in the body.

Many aspects of our health are influenced by serotonin, including our digestive tract, sleep-wake cycle, appetite, sex drive, mood, and many other areas, which are being researched.

5-HTP may be beneficial to many but does come with precautions. As well as discussing whether 5-HTP is right for you with a health practitioner, we encourage low doses to begin with (50mg). Find out more in our blog.

5-HTP Benefits

Clinical studies comparing 5-HTP with prescription drugs have shown identical results using the standard depression scale with human study groups. Other studies have demonstrated the benefits of 5-HTP supplementation in cases of anxiety, panic disorder, sleep difficulties, and weight management problems. Some cases of tinnitus may also benefit.

5-HTP Side Effects

Temporary digestive upsets can occur if 5-HTP is not taken with food.

Vivid dreams or nightmares can happen while the body adjusts to higher serotonin levels initially.

Contraindicated for children, pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and those with cardiovascular, kidney or liver disease.

People taking medication for Parkinson’s disease, on SSRI drugs (e.g. Prozac) or any of the group of MAOI antidepressants should not supplement 5-HTP as well. Check with your doctor if you’re not sure what class of medication you’re taking.

Product Reviews

  • Trying

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    Bought this for my mum based on the reviews. Hopefully it works for her.

    Tina

    12/11/17

  • Great product

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    I have used this product in the past to help balance my moods, it really helped. I recently decided to try 5htp again but used a different brand at a slightly lower dose and found it didn’t work very well at all. I went back to this brand and got exactly what I needed within a couple of days. Highly recommend this particular 5Htp, it woks really well if your not getting good sleep or going through a period of mild depression. I will say it takes me a little longer to wake up properly in the morning though but it’s a small price to pay for a lovely sleep and a better mood.

    Jacob

    9/11/17

  • I highly recommend if you have mood issues

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    I suffer from chronic depression but I'm unable to take normal SSRI anti-depressants. I had a terrible time coping before I discovered 5HTP, I couldn't sleep, I had no happy days, and believe me it's extremely hard to live in a permanent state of low mood. Then someone suggested I try 5HTP and the sun came out. It took a while to find a good dose, but now I have good days, I still have low days, but it's not every day. And I appreciate this specific bran of 5HTP because they make the effort to make the "dose" consistent, which isn't always the case with other brands, and that consistency keeps my mood fairly consistent as well. I take it in the morning and I have another thing (melatonin) to help me sleep, but I notice if I miscalculate the budget and end up a few days without the 5HTP, at about day three my sleep is bad as well. I honestly couldn't function without 5HTP. I'd recommend it and this site to anyone with mood and sleep issues.

    David

    6/11/17

Wellness Blog

  • 5-HTP

    Out of Africa While we may all be ‘the same’ on the inside, these insides of ours have many different ways of letting us know when something is out-of-balance with our biochemistry.  For instance, if […]

  • 5-HTP – What is it?

    What is 5-HTP? 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) in supplemental form is sourced from the seeds of the plant, Griffonia simplicifolia, native to Central and West Africa, usually in doses between 50mg and 400mg. 5-HTP is a precursor […]

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