5-HTP, 100mg - 120 vcaps
5-HTP, 100mg - 120 vcaps

5-HTP, 100mg - 120 vcaps

Manufacturer: NOW Foods

Description

What is 5-HTP? 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a metabolite of the amino acid tryptophan. You may know tryptophan as the agent in turkey that makes you feel like taking a nap after Thanksgiving dinner (in addition to a full belly). 5-HTP is a direct precursor of the important inhibitory neurotransmitter serotonin, which is secreted in response to mood or emotion swings. Serotonin soothes and calms and brings about feelings of contentment.

Is 5-HTP safe to take? The FDA has warned that it has found batches with impurities similar to the Japanese batches of tryptophan in 1980. 5-HTP and tryptophan are not the same. 5-HTP is related to tryptophan, but is derived from a different source. The 1980 scare concerning the Japanese tryptophan was attributed to a large batch the Japanese produced that was contaminated during the fermentation and/or filtration process. The contaminant caused affected persons to develop symptoms of EMS (eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome). 5-HTP, unlike tryptophan, is now extracted from the seed of the Griffonia simplicifolia plant and is not produced via bacterial fermentation, virtually eliminating further occurrence of EMS. Although there have been a couple of cases of EMS-like symptoms arising after 5-HTP supplementation, no direct correlations have established, and EMS can occur on its own.

NOW 5-HTP Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 120

Amount Per Serving:
5-HTP 100mg
(5-hydroxytryptophan)
(griffonia simplicifolia)(seed)

NOW 5-HTP Other Ingredients:
Rice Flour and Cellulose.

NOW 5-HTP Directions:
As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily, preferably at bedtime.

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