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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

  • Love this supplement

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    I have found I sleep much better and more soundly taking Go 5-HTP before bed each night. It really works. Highly recommended!

    Kim

    14/05/18

  • Really helps me

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    I have been taking this 5htp on and off for over a year. It has really helped me sleep better, easier to fall asleep initially and I stay asleep all night long. Every now and then I feel a bit down and get ‘the blues’, this product also helps me with this. I have found that I need to take a break from taking it every now and then as my body seems to get used to it and it isn’t as effective, but after a month or so off it seems to work as well as it did the first time taking it. I highly recommend this product, it’s helped me so much and I like that it’s natural as opposed to what the doctors may prescribe for similar issues.

    Shelley

    6/05/18

  • Love it

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    I couldn't do without it. For years I avoided antidepressants when I really shouldn't have. I have depression (presenting differently to what i always thought so i didnt know that was my problem for a long time), anxiety, some paranoia, fatigue, no motivation for anything, lacking energy, excessive stress etc). Then I finally decided to try antidepressants but they had mild negative side effects and they outweighed the minor positive effect they had. So after hearing about St. Johns Wort and 5-htp I decided to stop the meds and try them (giving a few weeks in between which a doctor confirmed was a good idea). I initially started with 1 St. Johns Wort, then built up to 2 . they helped but weren't quite enough so then after a few weeks added one of these 5-htp tablets to the mix. Again this helped a lot but i needed slightly more so after a few months I started taking 2x 5-htp (so all up 4 tablets, two of each med) and i have been taking that ever since. when I ran out I saw a big difference. My depression does not affect me anymore, my anxiety is almost completely gone as is my paranoia and I have heaps more energy, loads more motivation. Prior to taking these, even basic household chores were a massive task and a big deal for me and often get left undone for way too long. But now life is so much better! I'm on top of everything. I'm a much much better mum in every way. I enjoy life. I laugh. I think so much more clearly. Everything is balanced out and I see things so much more clearly and logically.

    Bridgette

    4/05/18

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