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5-HTP

5-HTP (5-HYDROXY TRYPTOPHAN)

(BRAIN, BODY & GROWTH, DIET, SLEEP & MOOD)

5-HTP is a chemical that the body makes from tryptophan (an essential amino acid, which has to be obtained through the diet). After tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, the chemical is then converted into another chemical called serotonin (a neurotransmitter, which relays signals between brain cells). 5-HTP dietary supplements help raise serotonin levels in the brain. Since serotonin helps regulate mood and behavior, 5-HTP may have a positive effect on sleep, mood, anxiety, appetite, and pain sensation

5-HTP is derived from south african seed griffonia plant (recently popular botanical). More than 300mg daily could have contraindications especially if on antidepressants.

Studies support 5-HTP helps brain production of serotonin, helps combat depression and insomnia, helps stabilizes moods, helps child hyperactivity, may enhance growth hormone release, and even may reduce effects of nicotine.

5-HTP is an intermediate in the natural conversion of the essential amino acid, tryptophan to serotonin. Clinical studies have also shown that 5-HTP increases the amount and availability of serotonin produced. Tryptophan is found in high levels in turkey and is associated with sleepiness after eating turkey.

Serotonin, an important neurotransmitter responsible for anti-depression and feelings of well-being, is often inadequately produced or the associated receptor sites damaged from stress, trauma or “weak” genetics.

Brain serotonin is often also depleted with aging leading to depression. Prozac-like drugs are often prescribed to help relieve this age-related serotonin-dependent depression.

5-HTP may be helpful in treating a wide variety of conditions related to low serotonin levels, including the following:

Depression

Some small studies indicate that 5-HTP may be as effective as certain antidepressant drugs in treating individuals with mild-to-moderate depression. Like the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which includes fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft), 5-HTP increases the levels of serotonin in the brain. One study compared the effects of 5-HTP to fluvoxamine (Luvox) in 63 people and found that those who were given 5-HTP did just as well as those who received the SSRI. In addition, those who took 5-HTP had fewer side effects than those who took Luvox. However, these studies were too small to say for sure if 5-HTP works; more and larger studies are needed.

Fibromyalgia

Three studies have suggested that 5-HTP can improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, including pain, anxiety, morning stiffness, and fatigue. Many people with fibromyalgia have low levels of serotonin, and antidepressants are commonly prescribed. Since 5-HTP, like antidepressants, raises levels of serotonin in the brain, it may be effective as well. However, it does not work for all people with fibromyalgia, and more studies are needed to understand its effect.

Insomnia

In one study, people who took 5-HTP went to sleep quicker and experienced a deeper sleep than those who took placebo.

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A (Vitamin A)

A (VITAMIN A)

Vitamin A is an essential nutrient, a potent anti-oxidant, and required for normal vision and for healthy skin and mucous membranes. It is also needed by the thymus gland. Beta carotene is a precursor (building block) of vitamin A and a major component of the body’s natural antioxidant defenses including fighting cancers. Recent research indicates taking natural forms of beta carotene are the best way to get Vitamin A along with Vitamin D and a wide range of whole food concentrates to assure body assimilation. Synthetic forms of beta-carotene may be harmful.

Vitamin A plays a role in a variety of functions throughout the body, such as:

  • Vision
  • Gene transcription
  • Immune function
  • Embryonic development and reproduction
  • Bone metabolism
  • Haematopoiesis
  • Skin health
  • Antioxidant activity

Vitamin A Palmitate is essential not only for normal skin development, but also for the growth and maintenance of bones, teeth, glands, nails and hair. Studies suggest A also helps support against night blindness, cystic fibrosis, infection and maintenance of epithelial tissues.

Vitamin A is class of phytochemical, a carotenoid, and is fat soluble.

A is needed for eye health and skin health, enhances immunity, helps mucous membrane tissue repair, immune system support and protection, acts as an antioxidant, may  help support immune system prevention of certain cancers and other diseases.

Vitamin A is needed for new cell growth.

Vitamin A is well known as a perceived wrinkle eliminator! (Retin A – topical form known as tretinoin) reduces fine lines and age spots.

Carotenoids are related compounds like carotenes and lycopenes. Beta carotene converts to A in liver, and aids in cancer prevention and free radical scavenging or nuetralizing free radicals.

The RDA for Vitamin A ranges from 700 to 900 IUs daily for the average female and male. As with all RDAs, many supplements provide substantially higher levels perceived to have increased therapeutic benefit.

High levels like 100,000 IUs daily can damage liver though.

The best known carotenoid complex is extracted from algea and known as BETATENE. Astaxanthin is extracted from blue-green algae and some believe it to be the world’s most powerful anti-oxidant and carotenoid.

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Vitamin A is an essential nutrient and potent anti-oxidant. VITAMIN A is necessary for growth & repair of body tissues; helps maintain smooth, soft, disease-free skin; helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose , throat & lungs, thereby reducing susceptibility to infections; protects against air pollutants; counteracts night-blindness & weak eyesight; aids in bone and teeth formation. Current medical research shows that foods rich in Beta Carotene will help reduce the risk of lung cancer & certain oral cancers. . It is also needed by the thymus gland. Beta carotene is a precursor (building block) of vitamin A and a major component of the body’s natural antioxidant defenses. Vitamin A Palmitate is essential not only for normal skin development, but also for the growth and maintenance of bones, teeth, glands, nails and hair. Studies suggest A also helps support against night blindness, cystic fibrosis, infection and maintenance of epithelial tissues. Vitamin A is class of phytochemical, a carotenoid, and is fat soluble. A has also shown to act as an anticancer agent. A is needed for eye health and skin health, enhances immunity, helps mucous membrane tissue repair, immune system support and protection, acts as an antioxidant, may help support immune system prevention of certain cancers and other diseases. Vitamin A is needed for new cell growth. Vitamin A is well known as a perceived wrinkle eliminator! (Retin A – topical form known as tretinoin) reduces fine lines and age spots. Carotenoids are related compounds like carotenes and lycopenes. Beta carotene converts to A in liver, and aids in cancer prevention and free radical scavenging or nuetralizing free radicals. High levels like 100,000 IUs daily can damage liver though. Best known carotenoid complex is extracted from algea and known as BETATENE. Astaxanthin is extracted from blue-green algae and some believe it to be the world’s most powerful anti-oxidant and carotenoid.

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