Description: Bioclinic 5-HTP, 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that is the middle step between tryptophan and the neurotransmitter serotonin. Scientific evidence indicates that low serotonin levels are linked to a number of common conditions, including depression, obesity, headache/migraine, and fibromyalgia. 5-HTP boosts serotonin levels and may offer a benefit in conditions linked to low serotonin levels.
5-HTP may help patients unresponsive to standard antidepressant drugs and some evidence suggests it may be comparable, if not superior, to conventional antidepressants, with fewer side effects. Taking 5-HTP can also aid pain syndromes such as migraine and fibromyalgia. It is thought both conditions reflect a serotonergic defect. Fibromyalgia suffers have experienced improved symptoms including pain severity, morning stiffness, and sleeplessness with 5-HTP supplementation. 5-HTP is known to increase sleep quality, which is critical in those patients suffering from depression or fibromyalgia. In fact, 5-HTP is known to promote and maintain sleep in normal subjects, as well as those experiencing insomnia.
Research has indicated that 5-HTP may aid weight loss. Early animal studies indicated that genetically obese rats had decreased activity of the enzyme that converts tryptophan to 5-HTP and subsequently serotonin, allowing them to overeat. The same mechanism exists in genetically predisposed humans. By providing preformed 5-HTP, this genetic defect is bypassed and more serotonin is manufactured. Human clinical trials have corroborated that 5-HTP is able to reduce caloric intake, promote satiety and induce weight loss without a conscious effort by subjects to lose weight.
Features• Naturally sourced from the seed of African plant Griffonia simplicifolia
• Enteric-coated to reduce the likelihood of nausea
• Unlike L-tryptophan, 5-HTP readily crosses the blood-brain barrier increasing central nervous system synthesis of serotonin
Ingredients:Each caplet contains:
L-5-Hydroxytryptophan (Griffonia simplicifolia) (seed) 100mg.
Dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, purified water, microcrystalline cellulose, enteric coating (purified water, ethylcellulose, medium-chain triglycerides, oleic acid, carbohydrate gum [cellulose], glycerin, sodium alginate, stearic acid) and vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant).
Directions: Healthy Mood Balance: Take 1 caplet 3 times per day with food or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. To minimize the risk of gastrointestinal side effects, slowly increase the dose over a period of 2 weeks. Use for a minimum of 1 week to see beneficial effects. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 1 year.
Sleep Aid: Take 1 caplet 1–2 times per day with food 30–45 minutes prior to bedtime, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
Cautions: Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are taking carbidopa or drugs/supplements with serotonergic activity. Some people may experience drowsiness. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or are involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Some people may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. 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, or if symptoms persist or worsen. Consult a healthcare practitioner if sleeplessness persists for more than 3 weeks, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Keep out of reach of children.