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 Vcap
Servings Per Container: 60
Amount Per Serving:
Niacin (as Niacinamide) (Vitamin B-3) 20mg 100%
Vitamin B-6 (from Pyridoxine HCl) 2mg 100%
NOW 5-HTP Other Ingredients:
Cellulose (capsule), Ascorbyl Palmitate and Silica.
NOW 5-HTP Directions:
As a dietary supplement, take 1 Vcap daily, preferably on an empty stomach at bedtime. Consider taking this product in combination with NOW Valerian Root, Relora and Pantothenic Acid.
If you are pregnant/lactating or currently taking any antidepressant medications, please consult your healthcare practiotioner prior to use. cause drowsiness.
Do not eat freshness packet. Keep in bottle.
Store in a cool, dry place. Please recycle.