Details5-HTP is an amino acid vital to the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low serotonin is linked to many common conditions including depression, obesity, sleeplessness, migraines, and fibromyalgia. By improving serotonin levels, Natural Factors 5-HTP can help support emotional well-being, improve sleep quality, relieve the pain of fibromyalgia, prevent migraines, and curb appetite.
Happiness, health, and general well-being are closely tied to the secretion of various hormones, neurotransmitters, and other chemical messengers. One of these, serotonin, has a powerful influence over our emotional state, appetite, sleep habits, and pain tolerance. Many chronic diseases, including depression, have been clinically linked to low serotonin levels. Serotonin is made in our bodies, but the building blocks it needs are often lacking. Natural Factors 5-HTP provides those necessary building blocks in the form of 5-hydroxytryptophan, a direct precursor to serotonin. By boosting serotonin levels, 5-HTP is clinically shown to enhance mood, fight depression, relieve insomnia by improving sleep quality, curb appetite and food cravings, prevent migraines, and relieve pain from fibromyalgia.
5-HTP is a derivative of tryptophan, the compound in turkey responsible for that sleepy, satisfied feeling. Because it is one step closer to serotonin than tryptophan, it is more effective at relieving symptoms associated with low serotonin. Unlike prescription antidepressants, 5-HTP boosts serotonin levels without unpleasant side effects, and does not create dependence. While 5-HTP can sometimes cause mild gastrointestinal side effects, Natural Factors enteric-coated caplets are designed to dissolve in the intestines rather than the stomach, significantly reducing the potential for nausea.
- Helps improve mood.
- Combats insomnia by improving sleep quality.
- Relieves the pain of fibromyalgia.
- Helps prevent migraines.
- Facilitates weight loss by promoting feelings of satiety.
Sleep aid: Consult a health care practitioner if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 4 weeks (chronic insomnia). All uses (except sleep aid): Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. All uses: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or 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. Stop 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. Avoid taking with alcohol or products that cause drowsiness. Do not use this product if you have scleroderma. Some people may experience drowsiness. 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. Keep out of the reach of children.
Recommended adult dose:
Healthy mood balance: 1 caplet 3 times daily with food or as directed by a health care practitioner. To minimize the risk of gastrointestinal side effects, start dosing at 100 mg, 2–3 times daily and slowly increase to effective dose over a 2-week period. Use for at least 1 week to see beneficial effects. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 1 year.
Relief of fibromyalgia symptoms: 1 caplet 3–4 times daily with food or as directed by a health care practitioner. To minimize the risk of gastrointestinal side effects, start dosing at 100 mg, 2–3 times daily and slowly increase to effective dose over a 2-week period. Use for at least 2 weeks to see beneficial effects. Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 1 year.
Sleep aid: 1–2 caplets daily with food or as directed by a health care practitioner. Take 30–45 minutes before bedtime.
L-5-HTP (L-5-hydroxytryptophan) (Griffonia simplicifolia) (seed) 100 mg.
Non-medicinal ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, dicalcium phosphate, carbohydrate gum (cellulose), coating (carbohydrate gum [cellulose], glycerin), vegetable grade magnesium stearate (lubricant).