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5-HTP, the intermediate metabolite between the amino acid L-tryptophan and serotonin, is extracted from the seed of an African plant (Griffonia simplicifolia). 5-HTP readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and increases central nervous system (CNS) synthesis of serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, and many other important biological functions.
Each capsule contains:
L-5-HTP (L-5-Hydroxytryptophan)(Griffonia simplicifolia)(Seed) 50 mg
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: White Rice Flour, Veg Capsule (hypromellose, water).
Adult Dosage: Take 2-4 capsules daily, 30-45 minutes before bedtime with food.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you are taking carbidopa or drugs/supplements with serotonergic activity. These may include, but are not limited to, L-tryptophan, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), St. John's wort, antidepressants, pain killers, over the counter cough and cold medication containing dextromethorphan, anti-nausea medication and anti-migraine medication. Discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if you show signs of weakness, oral ulcers, or abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain, or if you experience skin changes or if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks (chronic insomnia). Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Do not use if you have scleroderma. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Some people may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain and drowsiness.
I was recommend to take this to help me with my issues regarding, insomnia, chronic stress and SAD (seasonal affected disorder). Since I started using it, I have found that it helps relieve many of the symptoms I was experiencing. Generally, I take it at night as I notice that I am able to relax and I also notice that my sleep has improved. I find, in the winter months, that it helps deal with the mood issues I experience with SAD. The capsules are easy to swallow and I have no side effects. Great product.
NOW 5-HTP works great stress and is a good sleep aid. I prefer to use this at night and occasionally during the day if I am having a stressful work day. No side effects. But to take on empty stomach.
Calms when I'm having difficulty falling asleep.
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