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5-HTP

5-HTP (5-HYDROXY TRYPTOPHAN). (BRAIN, BODY & GROWTH, DIET, SLEEP & MOOD). – hydroxytryptophan amino acid is a natural plant extract that helps increase serotonin depleted by stress. 5-HTP also aids good sleep, improves mood, calms anxiety, reduces pms, helps with fibromyalgia, headaches and can help control appetite (may help aid weight loss). 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 … best taken with juices. 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. However, without adequate 5-hydroxy tryptophan supplementation, Prozac-like drugs can actually deplete brain serotonin and further damage associated neurotransmitter receptor sites leading to further depression. Patients have been found to benefit from taking supplemental 5-hydroxy tryptophan whether or not they are taking Prozac-like medication.

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