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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

  • Great product, would recommend

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    This product definitely lifted my mood and energy. I took this supplement for approximately 4 months before I noticed it wasn't working as well as it used to and came off it. At that stage I had a bit of a "crisis" in my life and needed to go on a GP presrcibed anti-depressant ... and you cannot mix the two. I would suggest that you start on a 50 mgs capsule initially though, as it does cause bad nausea while your body is getting used to it. It took me 2-3 weeks gradually increasing.

    Clare

    20/04/18

  • Did the opposite of what I was hoping for.

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    I have suffered from depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. Over the years I have tried many natural products and unfortunately this product actually exacerbated my symptoms instead of relieving them. Within a week of starting them I was unable to leave the house, crying uncontrollably etc so I stopped taking them. My partner always oversees any products I try just so I have someone else's perspective on the outcome and he was noticed my reaction even after a couple of days but I persisted for a week. 5 HTP is not for me.

    Mary

    17/04/18

  • Good sleep

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    This actually does seem to work I get a nice restful sleep

    Mary

    16/03/18

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