5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a naturally-occurring amino acid that plays an important role in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to be associated with the feeling of well-being. In addition to supporting a healthy mental outlook and mood, studies have also shown serotonin to encourage deeper sleep and to support healthy appetite regulation. Unlike oral serotonin, 5-HTP is able to effectively cross the blood-brain barrier and increase synthesis of serotonin in the central nervous system. 5-HTP is extracted naturally from the seed of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia.
Dosage: Take one capsule two to three times daily or as directed by your health care practitioner. For catecholamine support, use Tyrosine; after two weeks to enhance energy and motivation.
Contraindications: Check with your doctor before staring 5HTP. Medical supervision is required if you are currently taking MAOIs, SSRIs, or other anti-depressant drugs. Do not take 5-HTP if you are nursing or pregnant.