Info: Available in Two Strengths & Several Quantities
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behaviour, and sensing pain. 5-HTP (hydroxytryptophan) is a precursor to it (involved in its production), so it may be of great value in assisting with a number of conditions where a relative lack of serotonin is believed to play a significant role, including insomnia, depression, and obesity. In addition to taking 5-HTP to get better sleep, improve mood, decrease appetite, and reduce anxiety, it may help reduce the severity and duration of migraine headaches, and help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Amount per capsule:
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) (Griffonia simplicifolia) (Seed): Either 50 or 100 mg (depending on type)
Other ingredients: White Rice Flour, Capsule (gelatin, water).
Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, sugar, salt, colors, or preservatives.
Adult Dosage: As a sleeping aid, take 100 or 200 mg daily with food, 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime. If using as a prophylactic against migraines or to help relieve fibromyalgia, take 100 mg 3 to 4 times daily, with food.
Do not use if you have scleroderma. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you are taking carbidopa or drugs/supplements with serotonergic activity. These may include, but are not limited to, L-tryptophan, S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), St. John's wort, antidepressants, pain killers, over-the-counter cough and cold medication containing dextromethorphan, anti-nausea medication and anti-migraine medication. Discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner if you show signs of weakness, oral ulcers, or abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain, or if you experience skin changes. Consult a healthcare practitioner if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks (chronic insomnia). Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Some people may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain and drowsiness.
Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80005234 for the 50 mg strength and NPN: 800054225 for the 100 mg.