a 5-HTP supplement to help serotonin deficiency

By: Healthyonline  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Depression, Supplement, Health Information

5 HTP Mood Care (5-Hydroxytryptophan) To support Serotonin Production and Mood. May help those experiencing mild to moderate mood disturbances and sleep disturbances. A quality source of natural 5 HTP derived from the seed of griffonia simplicifolia. 5HTP is a precursor to the brain neurotransmitter serotonin. Low serotonin may be linked to mood and sleep disorders. Shown to be as effective as conventional medications in the management of depression. May also be used as a supportive therapy for Fibromyalgia Syndrome and sleep terrors in children. May also help in the prevention of migraine and cluster headaches. 60 capsules

Brand

Clinicians

Size

60 Capsules

Common Uses

Amino acid for the brain. It raises serotonin levels in the brain. Is used for depression (bipolar/unipolar), heart disease, insomnia, obesity, balances mood (specifically in bipolar behaviour), helps unclutter the head of racing thoughts at night so you can get to sleep easier, helps reduce aggression, reduces appetite, increases beta-endorphin release, creates a more relaxed waking state, increased pain threshold, may reduce severity of Parkinson's disease symptoms, may reduce severity of migraine headache symptoms.

Suggested Dosage

Take 1 to 3 capsules daily, preferably at night time. Do not exceed this dosage without professional advice. Hints for better results. Take 2 hours before or after meals. Take with a vitamin C rich drink such as pineapple or orange juice. Avoid high protein meals close to taking 5-HTP to allow maximum assimilation.

Health Information

Now, a natural and safe alternative to SSRI, available in the form of 5-Hydroxy L-Tryptophan -5-HTP. 5-HTP, a compound synthesized in the body from the amino acid tryptophan, is ten times more active than L-Tryptophan. 5HTP is the immediate precursor to serotonin (5-Hydroxy-tryptamine or 5-HT) which is found in the brain, blood platelets, and duodenal mucosa cells of the gastrointestinal tract. Since serotonin is found in the brain and central nervous system it has many implications on mood, behaviour and sleep patterns. The function of Prozac and many other antidepressant drugs, is to increase the availability of serotonin in certain brain synapses. Unfortunately, these drugs can produce many unpleasant and dangerous side affects. Since 5-HTP cannot be patented, drug companies have no interest in supplying this compound to the public. Now that tryptophan is restricted by the FDA, researchers have clinically investigated 5-HTP in comparison to antidepressant drugs. The results of the studies were astounding. Using the standard depression scale, both the drug and 5-HTP groups displayed identical reduction in depression. Depressed patients who received 100 mg of 5-HTP three times daily, showed at least a 50% improvement in their symptoms, without any reported side effects. Similar studies with depressed children demonstrated equal benefit. Subsequent studies were performed using 5-HTP for anxiety, panic disorder, sleep difficulties and obesity. In his research R.S. Kahn observed an obvious decline in anxiety symptoms when supplementing with 5-HTP, and patients with panic disorder noticed a feeling of relief after receiving 5-HTP. Melatonin, which helps regulate our sleep-wake cycle, is a metabolite of serotonin. Early research studies show that supplementing with 5-HTP may have positive effects on sleep patterns. In a six week clinical study with obese patients, those supplemented with 5HTP were able to reduce carbohydrate intake and experienced a feeling of early satiety, which contributed to significant weight loss. 5-HTP is an extract from a natural plant seed, Griffonia Seed, and not from fermented Tryptophan. Depressed levels of serotonin are also associated with sleep problems, low threshold for pain, and anxiety. Tryptophan was used by millions around the world for this purpose. We can now increase serotonin levels by supplying more of the raw materials for manufacturing of serotonin, namely L-tryptophan and 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which the body uses to make 5-Hydroxy Tryptamine, also known as serotonin. Depression results, in part, from the lack of serotonin, a brain neuro-transmitter. The leading antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. By blocking the reuptake of serotonin, they increase the serotonin available to stimulate serotonin receptors. These include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Effexor. While they may be very effective for the treatment of depression, they are not without side effects, including the loss of sex drive. They are also expensive, and only available by prescription. Studies indicate that 5-HTP, a serotonin precursor, may even work better for depression than tryptophan. Beta endorphins, the "feel-good" hormones, were also significantly elevated after consumption of 200 mg of 5-HTP by patients with severe depression. Weight loss products such as Redux and Fenfluramine of the popular Phen-Fen diet work by the same serotonin reuptake inhibiting mechanism increasing the serotonin levels. Beta endorphins seem to fool people into feeling fuller, therefore, individuals eat less and lose weight. If you are unhappy with the results or side effects of your current diet program, 5-HTP may be an effective alternative for you! 5-HTP should not be used with MAO inhibitors or other antidepressants. If you're one of the 14 million people who previously took L-tryptophan to obtain relief from sleeping difficulties, premenstrual syndrome, obsessive/compulsive behaviour, stress and depression, a newly available nutritional supplement, 5-HTP, may be of special interest to you. Tryptophan is a naturally occurring amino acid required by the human body for the production of melatonin and serotonin, two vital brain chemicals necessary for sleep and mood regulation. Once readily available as a nutritional supplement, tryptophan has been one of the most difficult substances to obtain in the U.S. since being banned by the FDA in November of 1990. The FDA's decision to remove all tryptophan-containing supplements from store shelves was in response to an outbreak of Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome (EMS) that was linked to the use of tryptophan. EMS is a dangerous and potentially deadly blood disease that is usually associated with parasitic infections or severe allergy. From July of 1989 to December of 1990, more than 1500 cases of EMS and 27 deaths were associated with the outbreak in the United States. In a report released by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in August of 1992, researchers revealed that tryptophan was not the cause of the of EMS outbreak. The CDC, working with scientists from the Mayo Clinic, the Oregon State Health Division and the Minnesota Department of Health, traced the cause of the EMS crisis to a contaminant found only in batches of tryptophan manufactured by a single Japanese company, Showa Denko. Showa Denko, the source for up to 60% of all the tryptophan sold in the United States, had produced the tainted tryptophan after introducing an untested manufacturing process that reduced the amount of activated charcoal used to filter fermented raw tryptophan. After tryptophan was cleared of any role in the EMS outbreak it was natural to expect that tryptophan supplements would soon reappear in health food stores. In reality, tryptophan has been kept off of the market by the FDA, which currently has no plans for lifting the ban on sales of this supplement. This position is ironic, since the FDA feels that tryptophan is safe enough to use in infant formulas and parenteral (IV feedings) solutions. Still, it is doubtful that this unique supplement will ever be found on store shelves again. In the absence of access to tryptophan, several new prescription drugs designed to regulate brain serotonin levels (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs) have been introduced. Drugs such as Prozac work through the selective enhancement of serotonin levels, and Dexfenfluramine, used in Europe to reduce carbohydrate-cravings and suppress appetite, works by mimicking serotonin activity in the brain. Unfortunately Prozac can present unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects, and the safety of dexfenfluramine is in question after a study found it may cause brain damage in monkeys. Pure 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan (5-HTP) is considered by many researchers to be the safest tryptophan alternative available. 5-HTP is normally converted in the body from L-tryptophan, and as an intermediate metabolite, is further converted into melatonin, a neuro-hormone, and serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT), a neurotransmitter. While 5HTP is more expensive than tryptophan prior to the 1990 ban, it is also ten times as effective (a 50 mg. capsule of 5-HTP is generally regarded as the equivalent of 500 mg. of tryptophan).

Ingredients

Each Capsule contains 50mg of 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) an extract from Griffonia simplicifolia seeds. Also contains calcium lactate, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide and tapioca powder. Calcium content from calcium lactate 48mg.

Safety Information

Keep out of reach of children. This product should not be used by pregnant or lactating women. Do not take with drugs that contain Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO) or drugs containing Fenfluramine. If you are currently taking antidepressants or other drugs, please consult your health care professional prior to use. May cause drowsiness. Do not use while driving or operating heavy equipment. Dosages over 6000gms can cause stress on the liver and should be avoided. Those suffering from gut disorders such as ulcers, irritable bowel disease, Crohn's disease, celiac disease etc should seek professional advice before using 5HTP.

Keywords: Depression, Health Information, Supplement

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