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What Makes 5-HTP Different?

l-5-Hydroxytryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, a mood and appetite regulating neurotransmitter produced within the body. It has been combined with Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, an important cofactor in the conversion to serotonin. Nature's Way uses natural l-5-HTP extracted from Griffonia simplicifolia beans produced in easy-to-swallow, enteric-coated tablets to minmize any potential gastric discomfort.

Product #8365
(60 Tablets)

Nutritional Information
Two tablets contain:
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 120 mg 200%
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCI) 20 mg 1000%
5-HTP (l-5-Hydroxytryptophan) 100 mg *

RDI - Reference Daily Intake
* - RDI not established

Suggested Use: Use under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner. Start with a low dose of one tablet (50 mg) taken daily with a meal. Increase the dose slowly (every 3-5 days) up to a maximum of four tablets taken daily (200 mg). Total daily intake should be divided into two or more doses, with no more than two tablets per dose.

Caution: This product should not be consumed by children or by pregnant or lactating women. Some may experience gastrointestinal (GI) upset, diarrhea or nausea while taking this product which usually disappears by reducing dosages or is minimized by taking with food. As with any supplement, if discomfort persists discontinue use. Those suffering from gut disorders such as ulcers, irritable bowel disease, Chron's disease, celiac disease, etc. should not use 5-HTP. Those using MAO-inhibitors, antidepressants and drugs containing fenfluramine should not use 5-HTP. May cause drowsiness. Do not use while drive or operating heavu euipment.

**Nutritional Information may vary slightly from actual product label due to recent changes in labeling laws.

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Facts About 5-HTP

Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) plays a vital role in the body and in the brain. According to Michael T. Murray in his book 5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia, "out of the dozens of neurotransmitters, serotonin is the one most involved in the onset-and for that matter, the treatment-of various medical and psychiatric problems. If something goes wrong with the serotonin system, the impact can be tremendous. The consequences of serotonin deficiency syndrome can be devastating and include plunging moods, health threatening food cravings, ruined sleep, skull-cracking headaches, overwhelming body pain, and just plain exhaustion. Because low serotonin can result from the stress and strain of our modern way of living...I consider serotonin deficiency syndrome to be one of the most widespread amd debilitating medical problems of our time (pg. 17)."

Obviously maintaining adequate serotonin levels in the body is crucial to your health. An adequate supply brings a feeling of calmness, mild euphoria and relaxation, while a low supply taxes the body and contributes to a wide variety of mental and physical problems. So how can we maintain healthy levels of serotonin in our bodies? Serotonin can't be imported into the body from an outside source (such as a pill or an injection) but an outside source can provide the raw materials that the bodies needs to produce serotonin. And this is where 5-HTP comes into play. 5-HTP provides these raw materials and can pass through the blood-brain barrier more readily than tryptophan (an amino acid that can be converted into serotonin).

From Michael T. Murray's (N.D.) book 5-HTP: The Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia, Bantam Books, 1998.

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