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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 5 HTP but CONTAINER TOXIC

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    Biobalance you do some of the best supplements, please take a look at these containers and change them to something chemically stable

    This is an excellent 5HTP. I notice the difference from other 'good quality' 5 HTPs. However when I opened the container and took the pills it's like ingesting a strong noxious plastic off-gassing smell. I've transferred the pills to a glass container, but they've already absorbed this smell. And no it's not the smell of the pills, it's a very noticeable plastic chemical smell.

    sandra

    14/08/18

  • Helps with sleeping problems

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    After several years of waking in the early hours of the morning and not getting back to sleep for ages, most likely menopausal related, 2 capsules of Clinicians 5-HTP and 2 capsules of Radiance Tart Cherry and 1 Magnesium seem to be working well.
    I have tried many supplements and combinations and this is by far the best for me.

    Trish

    9/08/18

  • Has benefits

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    Thought I should try these to help with the problem waking up around 1-2am for two hours or more nightly.
    They do send you off to sleep quite well - although this is not my problem.
    I found they didn't really work to keep me asleep but if I took another two when I woke I would go back to sleep.
    MY fit bit showed I did spend a longer period in REM stage .
    Have had better results with Clinicians 5-HTP 2 capsules + Raidiance Tart Cherry 2 caps and 1 magnesium.
    Getting 6-7 hrs sleep most nights and if I stir at 2am I nod off again quickly.

    Trish

    9/08/18

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