5-HTP Enhances Serotonin
5-HTP is a break-down product of the amino acid tryptophan. Proteins in our food provide us with amino acids, one of which is tryptophan. Tryptophan is broken down into 5-HTP and then 5-HTP is turned into serotonin. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that makes you happy and tells your brain that you are satisfi ed so that you do not need to eat anymore. Serotonin deficiency contributes to weight gain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness and panic attacks. Low serotonin levels also lead to carbohydrate (sugar) cravings and overeating. 5-HTP reduces appetite while also enhancing mood and increasing energy levels.
5-HTP Improves Mood and Sleep
5-HTP has been extensively researched for the treatment of mood enhancement. It also relieves insomnia. 5-HTP allows for natural sleep without the drugged feeling in the morning that can occur in those taking prescription sedatives.
5-HTP Aids Weight Loss
Weight management is another benefit achieved from taking 5-HTP. One well-controlled trial using 900 mg a day of 5-HTP in 20 obese individuals found that, during the first 6 weeks of the study where participants ate their usual diet and during the following 7-12 weeks where they dieted, a significant weight loss in the 5-HTP group occurred but not in those taking a placebo.
5-HTP Improves Fibryomyalgia Symptoms
There is evidence that the body's serotonin pathway does not work in people with fibromyalgia, and 5-HTP has been shown to stop the pain of fibromyalgia. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, 90-day study involving 50 patients with fibromyalgia, 5-HTP was found to significantly improve anxiety, pain intensity, quality of sleep and fatigue.
SMILE 5-HTP: A Superior Solution
SMILE 5-HTP is enteric-coated, which allows 5-HTP to be absorbed in the small intestine. Other 5-HTP products that are not enteric-coated can cause nausea when optimal doses are taken. Take a high-quality multivitamin with minerals like MULTIsmart to ensure you get adequate levels of magnesium, vitamin B6 and vitamin B3 because these nutrients aid 5-HTP conversion into serotonin.
|5-Hydroxytryptophan(5-HTP) (Griffonia simplicifolia) (Seed Extract) (99% Pure 5-Hydroxytryptophan)||100 mg|
Take 1-2 tablets before breakfast, dinner and bedtime on an empty stomach or as directed by a health care practitioner. Keep out of reach of children.
Cautions & Warning
This product does not contain artificial colours or sweeteners, dairy, soy, shellfish, corn, wheat or yeast. VEGAN-FRIENDLY. GLUTEN-FREE.
Note: If you are taking MAO inhibitors, SSRIs (Prozac, Luvox, Paxil, Effexor, Zoloft) and/or the tricyclic antidepressants (Elavil, Tofranil, Pamelor) or St. John's wort, do not take 5-HTP without discussing it with your health care provider. 5-HTP can be used to wean off antidepressants. Discuss any medication changes with your health care provider.
If you wish to wean off your antidepressant medication using SMILE, advise your doctor that you want a prescription for progressively lower doses of your antidepressant medication. Let your doctor know you are going to use SMILE 5-HTP as a replacement. You can start weaning off your medication over a 4 week period. During week one, take 100 mg of SMILE in the morning and at bedtime. In week two, lower your dose of antidepressant medication and take 100 mg of SMILE at morning, dinner and bedtime. Then in week three, your dosage of antidepressant medication should be lowered again and you can take 100 mg of SMILE at breakfast, 100 mg before dinner and 200 mg at bedtime. In week four, you will be on a very low dose of antidepressant medication and will need to take 200 mg of SMILE before breakfast, dinner and bedtime. In week five, you are no longer on antidepressant medication and now you can stay on SMILE. Take one scoop of MAGsmart at bedtime during this process to ensure that you do not experience side effects from withdrawal of the antidepressant medication.
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