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Natrol 5-HTP is a dietary supplement containing 5-hydroxytryptophan obtained from African black bean seeds. It is available in the form of unique tablets that rapidly dissolve in the mouth, so they can be consumed even without drinking water. They have a pleasant, fruity taste, are free of sugar, artificial colors and flavors. They are suitable for people on a vegetarian diet.
5-HTP is the short name for 5-hydroxytryptophan, a chemical compound that is one of the non-protein amino acids. It is produced naturally in the human body; it is formed as a result of tryptophan transformations. It is also found in some plants – it most abundantly occurs in African black bean seeds (Griffonia simplicifolia).
5-HTP promotes a good mood. After intake, it easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and is easily converted into serotonin, which is one of the most important neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. It is responsible for regulating appetite, controls sexual needs, affects impulsive behaviors. Many researchers studying the problem of depression highlight the existing correlation between serotonin deficiency and deterioration of well-being. People with low levels of this neurotransmitter often complain about a bad mood, excessive fatigue, and a lack of desire to live. They also show greater sensitivity to pain and often struggle with controlling excessive appetite.
5-HTP helps to improve sleep quality. What is crucial in this case is also strengthening of the production of serotonin, which, together with its metabolite – melatonin, is responsible for regulating sleep. It has been observed that people with inadequate serotonin levels very often suffer from insomnia. Antidepressant properties of 5-HTP may also play an important role, because the good, stable mood and a sense of relaxation promote fast, carefree falling asleep.
5-HTP helps to suppress a hearty appetite. Researchers have spotted a relationship between low serotonin levels and a tendency to binge, especially on foods rich in simple sugars. Studies have shown that 5-HTP may also prove helpful for people who tend to overeat under stress.
In summary, Natrol 5-HTP is a very comfortable preparation that quickly raises serotonin levels and thus helps to improve mood.
As a standard, doses of 100-200 mg per day are used in supplementation. Higher doses are not recommended, although there are reports of 300-mg doses used in patients with deep depression. Nevertheless, note that since 5-HTP crosses the blood-brain barrier and easily increases serotonin levels, it is not recommended to consumer higher doses without specialist supervision. Also remember that the preparation is intended for temporary use rather than long-term, regular supplementation.
The supplement must not be combined with any antidepressant, especially SSRIs and MAO inhibitors.
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Xylitol, maltodextrin, cellulose gum, soy polysaccharides, polyvinylpyrrolidone, silicon dioxide, stearic acid, malic acid, magnesium stearate, beetroot extract, gum arabic, citric acid, natural flavor.
5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a metabolite of essential amino acid, tryptophan, involved in the synthesis of serotonin which is a neurotransmitter and a hormone responsible for the quality of sleep (melatonin). Used in medicine as an adjuvant, to a small extent supporting the treatment of depression and insomnia. Due to the presence of melatonin at the same time it is improving the quality of sleep and improving the regeneration process.
5-HTP is a component of supplements supporting the production of growth hormone and it is a part of some fat reducers (reducing appetite).
Dosage: Doses commonly used in supplements, depending on the purpose: 100-500 mg daily in divided doses, including approx. 50-150 mg before bedtime.
Extract Griffonia Simplicifolia is the source derivative of tryptophan (5-HTP), an important neurotransmitter involved in the synthesis of serotonin, and indirectly affects the production of melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleep). It is used to treat depression and inactivity. In the sports supplementation it is used as a neurotransmitter responsible for the quality of sleep and improving the regenerative processes, moreover, it is a component of supplements which enhances the secretion of growth hormone and fat burners.
Dosage: In terms of 5-HTP from several dozen to several hundred mg per day.
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