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5-HTP (5-hydroxy tryptophan) is an effective replacement for tryptophan. It is a breakdown product of tryptophan, an essential amino acid present in most protein foods.*

5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin & works essentialy the same as does tryptophan, and in fact is one chemical step closer to serotonin.* Read extensively about tryptophan in Dr. Slagle's book, "The Way Up From Down."

5-HTP naturally increases the serotonin levels in the brain & body, whereas the antidepressants, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, Serzone, Luvox, Remeron, etc, unnaturally increase serotonin levels and have many significant side effects. Do not take 5-HTP together with these drugs or you may increase the serotonin too much & create unpleasant symptoms.*

Tryptophan was used by millions of people for many years & is safe. We recommend using only domestic suppliers.It is available by prescription from many compounding pharmacies.

The benefits of 5-HTP are virtually the same as those of tryptophan, being:

  • The support of feelings of well-being, calm, serenity, relaxation, & concentration.*
  • Natural anti-depressant effects.*
  • Augments light therapy.*
  • A natural sleep aid for ocasssional sleeplessness.*
  • An anti-anxiety agent helping to amintain a calm relaxed state.*
  • May inhibit aggressive behavior.*
  • Reduces carbohydrate cravings, thus helps maintain healthy blood sugar levelsalready in the normal range & helps maintain a healthy weight.*
  • Reduces symptoms of PMS.*
  • Reduces the number of tender points, anxiety, minor pain & improves quality of sleep.*
  • Aids in general minor pain.*

Equivalency to tryptophan: 500 mg tryptophan equals 100 mg 5-HTP.

DIRECTIONS: For Sleep: 100-600 mg within 1 hour before bedtime either with water or a small carbohydrate snack (but no protein) or one half of dose 1/2 hour before dinner & the rest at bedtime

For Daytime Calming:1-2 of the 100 mg every few hours through the day until calming benefits felt

ALWAYS TAKE 5-HTP or Tryptophan with pyridoxal-5-phosphate to ensure adequate & proper conversion to serotonin rather than unwanted metabolites. be sure to be taking a good multi vitamin. some time in the day

Side effects are rare but may be:

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • "Hung over" feeling
  • Paradoxical agitation
  • Blood pressure increase only in those who already have high blood pressure of a fluctuating type.

Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose


* These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S.Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

5-HTP 60 Capsules - 100 mg
Element Amount %Daily Allowance% Serving Size
5-Hydroxy-L-tryptophan derived from Griffonia simplicifolia 100 mg 1 capsule

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