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5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin which supports healthy mood balance and sleep patterns. Helps alleviate migraines. Non-GMO. Vegan.
5-HTP stands for L-5-hydroxytryptophan, which comes from the amino acid tryptophan found in many proteins and the seeds of an African plant known as Griffonia simplicifolia. 5-HTP provides the amino acid building blocks in the production of serotonin – a key neurotransmitter associated with mood regulation- which is then used to produce the neurohormone melatonin.
Low serotonin levels may be associated with genetic polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter, and decreased serotonin receptor activity. Low levels of L-tryptophan, or the co-factor vitamin B6, required for serotonin production can also lead to reduced serotonin activity. Other causes of decreased conversion of L-tryptophan to serotonin may include:
- Insulin resistance
- Insufficient magnesium
Fibromyalgia is a complex conditions with patients suffering an array of symptoms including: pain, sleep disruption, fatigue and depressive symptoms. Serotonin levels appear to be low in these patients which led to the use of tricyclic and SSRI antidepressants to be used in management of symptoms.
Ultimately, those who suffer from mood imbalances or are experiencing symptoms associated with fibromyalgia may benefit from taking 5-HTP in conjunction with wholistic treatment protocols.
AOR’s 5-HTP is derived from the seed of the small shrub tree Griffonia simplicifolia and then processed in France. AOR also offers 5-HTP Extra Strength, which is twice the dose of AOR’s regular 5-HTP, to meet varying individual needs.
- A precursor to serotonin.
- Supports healthy mood balance.
- Helps alleviate symptoms of fibromyalgia.
- Flexible dosing options for varying needs.
For healthy mood balance, take one to two capsules three times daily with food; for relief of symptoms of fibromyalgia, take two capsules three to four times daily with food. To minimize gastrointestinal side effect risk, start at 50 to 100 mg two to three times daily and slowly increase to an effective dose over two weeks. Use for a minimum of one week to see beneficial effects for mood balance and two weeks for the alleviation of fibromyalgia symptoms.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if taking carbidopa or drugs/supplements with serotonergic activity, including, but not limited to, L-tryptophan, SAMe, St. John’s Wort, antidepressants, pain killers, cough/cold medication containing dextromethorphan, anti-nausea medication or anti-migraine medication. Some people may experience gastrointestinal disturbances such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. May cause drowsiness; exercise caution if driving or operating heavy machinery or engaging in activities requiring mental alertness. Discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if you experience skin changes, weakness, oral ulcers, or abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain.
Do not use if you have scleroderma, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive. Not to be used by individuals under the age of 18 or those with a medical condition. This product contains corn, do not use if you have an allergy. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen or for use beyond one year.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
L-5-Hydroxytryptophan (Griffonia seed extract): 50 mg
Non-medicinal Ingredients*: microcrystalline cellulose, ascorbyl palmitate and sodium stearyl fumarate.
*NMIs are subject to change. Always read and follow the label for accurate ingredient and allergen information.
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