5 HTP Supplement Information
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5HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a safe and natural alternative to many antidepressant drugs. Extracted from the seed of griffonia simplicifolia, 5-HTP is the immediate metabolite between the amino acid L-tryptophan and the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin is found in the brain, blood platelets and some mucosa cells of the gastrointestinal tract.
Serotonin produces an inhibitory effect on the nervous system that soothes, calms and creates a feeling of contentment. Serotonin has been known to researchers for nearly half a century and new research continues to demonstrate how it influences mood, addictions and emotion.
Depression, insomnia, anxiety, suicide, migraines, PMS, obsessive/compulsive behaviour, stress, obesity and addiction can all be manifestations of low levels of serotonin. Since serotonin is found in the brain and central nervous system, it has many implications on mood, behaviour and sleep patterns.
Depression results, in part, from the lack of the brain neuro-transmitter serotonin. The leading antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. By blocking the reuptake of serotonin, they increase the serotonin available to stimulate serotonin receptors. These include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Effexor. While they may be very effective for the treatment of depression, they are not without side effects, including the loss of sex drive. They are also expensive, and as an Natural Online Pharmacy we do not stock them.
Luckily, clinical studies have been done with 5HTP, comparing their effectiveness to anti depressant drugs. The results of the studies were astounding. Using the standard depression scale, both the drug and 5-HTP groups displayed identical reduction in depression. Depressed patients, who received 100 mg of 5-HTP three times daily, showed at least a 50% improvement in their symptoms, without any reported side effects. Similar studies with depressed children demonstrated equal benefit. Beta-endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones, were also significantly elevated after consumption of 200 mg of 5-HTP by patients with severe depression.
Subsequent studies were performed using 5-HTP for anxiety, panic disorder, sleep difficulties and obesity. In his research, R.S. Kahn observed an obvious decline in anxiety symptoms when supplementing with 5-HTP, and patients with panic disorder noticed a feeling of relief after receiving 5-HTP. Melatonin, which helps regulate our sleep-wake cycle, is a metabolite of serotonin. Early research studies show that supplementing with 5-HTP may have positive effects on sleep patterns. In another clinical study with obese patients, over a 6 week period, those supplemented with 5-HTP were able to reduce their carbohydrate intake and experienced a feeling of early satiety, which contributed to significant weight loss. Low levels of serotonin are also associated with sleep problems, low threshold for pain and anxiety.
Weight loss products in New Zealand such as Redux and Fenfluramine or the popular Phen-Fen diet work by the same serotonin reuptake inhibiting mechanism, increasing the serotonin levels. Beta endorphins seem to fool people into feeling fuller, therefore, individuals eat less and lose weight. If you are unhappy with the results or side effects of your current diet program, 5-HTP may be an effective alternative for you! 5-HTP should not be used with MAO inhibitors or other antidepressants and overdosing on 5htp is certainly not recommended.
Footnote from the Ideal Health Team:
At HealthyOnline stock 5 HTP in different strengths - 50mg, 100mg and 120mg.
When you buy either of these 5THP products, two at a time, we offer Free world wide shipping and a massive discount!
Product and shipping discount will be applied by our customer service team, when your order is processed.
Buy two bottles High 5htp 100mg for NZ$89.90* (around A$71.90)
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*Please note the shipping discount will be automatically applied by our customer service team when processing your order, whenever you order either of these products two at a time. Web site will not apply shipping discount automatically. Our customer service team will do this for you before charging your order.
Updated January 2011