5-HTP_-_Nature_s_Anti-Depressant

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5-HTP - Nature's Anti-Depressant

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5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin. It improves mood, anxiety and is
beneficial in weight loss. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid
that is the intermediate step between tryptophan and the important brain
chemical serotonin. There is a massive amount of evidence that suggests
that low serotonin levels are a common consequence of modern living.


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5htp, griffonia extract, 5-hydroxytryptophan, anti-depressant, 5-htp


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What is 5-HTP?
The Griffonia Extract is rich in 5-HydroxyTryptophan (5-HTP), which comes
from an African vegetable, the Griffonia simplicifolia seed, and contains
30% 5–HTP. 5-HTP is an amino acid that is a direct precursor of
serotonin, an important neurotransmitter having pain soothing and
relaxing effects. 5-HTP is not present in significant amounts in a
typical diet. The human body manufactures 5-HTP from L-tryptophan, a
natural amino acid found in most dietary proteins. However, eating food
that contains L-tryptophan does not significantly increase 5-HTP levels.

5-HTP and Serotonin
5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin. It improves mood, anxiety and is
beneficial in weight loss. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid
that is the intermediate step between tryptophan and the important brain
chemical serotonin. There is a massive amount of evidence that suggests
that low serotonin levels are a common consequence of modern living. The
lifestyle and dietary practices of many people living in this stress-
filled era results in lowered levels of serotonin within the brain.

5-HTP and Carb Cravings
Researchers believe that inadequate serotonin levels are in part
responsible for the desire to overeat. Not surprisingly, obese
individuals who crave carbohydrates usually show abnormally low levels of
serotonin. Taking a 5-HTP supplement half an hour before a meal can "
turn off" cravings and hunger pangs by feeding the brains carbohydrate
satiety center. In this way 5-HTP can be a great asset as part of a
weight-loss regime.

5-HTP and Addiction
The use of many addictive substances, such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine
and certain narcotics, elevates serotonin levels. When these substances
are eliminated, serotonin levels drop drastically, causing anxiety and
cravings. Taking 5-HTP can stabilize serotonin levels and help minimize
the symptoms of withdrawal.
5-HTP and PMS
PMS sufferers report pain relief, as well as decreased irritability and
mood swings from using 5-HTP. The supplement works by countering the
hormone-induced decrease in serotonin levels that occur naturally during
menstruation.

5-HTP and Sleep
Because of its calming effect, many rely on 5-HTP to alleviate stress-
attacks, as well as to encourage restful sleep. Unlike sedative d rugs, 5-
HTP is not associated with unwanted side effects, such as disturbed sleep
patterns or grogginess. It can be taken regularly one hour before
retiring as a remedy for insomnia.

Side Effects
Very high intakes of 5-HTP have caused muscle jerks in guinea pigs and
both muscle jerks and diarrhea in mice. Injected 5 -HTP has also caused
kidney damage in rats. To date, these problems have not been reported in
humans. “Serotonin syndrome,” a serious but uncommon condition caused by
excessive amounts of serotonin, has not been reported to result from
supplementation with 5-HTP; in theory it could be triggered by the
supplement. However, the level of intake at which this toxic effect might
potentially occur remains unknown.

Warnings
5-HTP should not be taken with antidepressants, weight-control drugs,
other serotonin-modifying agents, or substances known to cause liver
damage, because in these cases 5-HTP may have excessive effects. People
with liver disease may not be able to regulate 5 -HTP adequately and those
suffering from autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma may be more
sensitive than others, to 5-HTP. These people should not take 5-HTP
without consulting a knowledgeable healthcare professional. The safety of
taking 5-HTP during pregnancy and breast-feeding is not known at this
time.
Conditions with low serotonin levels helped by 5 -HTP:
• Depression
• Obesity
• Carbohydrate craving
• Bulimia
• Insomnia
• Narcolepsy
• Sleep apnea
• Migraine headaches
• Tension headaches
• Chronic daily headaches
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Fibromyalgia

				
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