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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. 5-HTP 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 a blog we wrote here.

5-HTP Benefits

Clinical studies comparing 5-HTP with prescription antidepressants 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 obesity/weight loss 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

  • Tried these for sleeping

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    I gave these a go to see if my sleeping would improve, didn't notice any improvement with that but did feel better overall, feel quite relaxed and stress free during the day, so some positives.

    Karen

    20/07/17

  • Haven't noticed any change to sleep patterns at all

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    Have been taking the maximum required as my sleep patterns are shocking, have not noticed any improvement at all and the bottle is almost finished. May have to look at something else. It may work for others but not for me.

    Karen

    20/07/17

  • Uncertain

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    I bought this product to help with mood and stress, and had heard it is also helps for sleep which is a bonus. I took one about 4 hours before bed, and then one more an hour before bed (I did it this way as a friend said that if taken during the day it could cause drowsiness)
    I couldnt sleep for hours and then it was only dozing with hectic dreams with kind of sore stomach. I normally fall asleep easily and was exhausted before going to bed. So needless to say I felt pretty awful the next day and I won't test it out again, worst sleep ever and to add I didn't eat or drink anything that could have caused hyperactivity.

    A lot of the reviews for this are very positive, so I dont want to say it's a bad product or dont try it, possibly it just doesn't gel with me specifically. I have done research and some people do seem to get the opposite effect. Give it a try, might be that it is great for you.

    Nina

    12/07/17

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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