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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

  • Helped me sleep

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    I was having problems with sleeping and sleep drops didn't seem to be working anymore, the first time I took these I had a really good nights sleep and have found that 1 at night is all I need to have a good nights sleep. Great to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.

    Denise

    18/09/17

  • Excellent product

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    This product is truly outstanding. I find that after taking just one of the REM Sleep capsules I am asleep within a very short time. I find that generally just one is enough. I have read the history of Health Post's origins and discovered that it was started by a solo mother in New Zealand. Another reason to purchase from this company. Keep New Zealand (ers) thriving!

    Barbara

    17/09/17

  • Highly recommend

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    I am very pleased with this product. I feel much more relaxed during the day and am going to sleep (and staying asleep) at night, consequently I am a much nicer person to be around - according to my husband! I haven't suffered any side effects, I take 150mg in the morning which gives me a calm day then when I go to bed the melatonin clicks in and hey presto!. I certainly recommend 5-HTP.

    Liz

    14/09/17

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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