5-HTP raises serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep, moods and appetite.
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5-HTP is the serotonin precursor that is formed when tryptophan is converted into serotonin in your body. It works because it supports your body’s balanced production of two important sleep regulating hormones, serotonin and melatonin. But you need adequate serotonin levels to maintain this balance.
Eventually, the serotonin in your body is converted into melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate healthy 24-hour sleep cycles known as circadian rhythms. In clinical research, 5-HTP increased the amount and availability of serotonin produced by the body. It is able to cross the blood brain–barrier to increase both serotonin levels and serotonin production in your brain so you can regain a healthy balance when you are sleeping, feeling emotions, or eating.
Note that anti-depressants are often used to increase the levels of serotonin by blocking the recycling of serotonin produced in the body. This results in an artificial increase of serotonin levels and side effects.
Aging and various forms of physical or emotional stress can decrease your melatonin levels and disrupt your sleep cycle. Fortunately, that balance can be regained. When 5-HTP increases serotonin production, melatonin production is also increased. This increase can help you regain a healthy circadian rhythm (better sleep) and increase your energy.
5-HTP has been found to be very effective for weight loss dieters that need to control their hunger cravings.
Count: 100 capsules
Dosage: 100mg 5-HTP per capsule
Take 1 to 2 capsules daily, or as directed by a physician.
As part of weight loss programs, it is recommended that 5-HTP be taken 20 minutes before each meal, to act as a natural appetite suppressant and reduce the craving for carbohydrates. Start at 100 mg three times a day. If after four weeks the desired results are not achieved, increase the dosage to 200 mg three times a day. Dosage as high as 300 mg three times a day has been well tolerated; however, do not exceed 900 mg per day. Mild nausea is sometimes reported at higher doses but is generally temporary.
5-HTP: 2 in the afternoon or early evening
If you experience an upset stomach, you might need to reduce the quantity. Always consult your physician before taking any supplements.