5-HTP is the intermediate precursor in the natural synthesis of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep/wake cycles. 5-HTP readily crosses the blood-brain barrier and clinical studies suggest that 5-HTP can support healthy serotonin levels. Serotonin is associated with a positive mood and provides a substrate for the production of melatonin. 5-HTP is extracted from the bean of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia, a natural vegetable source.Suggested Usage
Cautions / Interactions
- Take 1 capsule 1 to 3 times daily, preferably on an empty stomach before bedtime, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
May cause mild, but transient GI discomfort. 5-HTP should be used with caution in combination with any serotonergic drug or herb, including SSRIs, MAOIs and St. Johnís wort. If you are taking any of these medications or if you are planning any surgical procedures, consult your healthcare practitioner prior to using this product. Individuals with a history of cardiac conditions, use only under the direction of your healthcare practitioner. Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.