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NOW Foods 5-HTP 100mg, 60 caps

NOW Foods 5-HTP 100mg, 60 caps
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Allows The Body To Recover From Exhaustion And To Rebuild Itself Naturally.

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.

Supplement Facts:

Serving Size: 1 Cap
Servings Per Container: 60

Amount Per Serving:

5-HTP 100mg
(griffonia simplicifolia)(seed)

Other Ingredients:
White rice powder and cellulose (capsule)

Recommended Use:
Take 1 cap daily, preferably on an empty stomach at bedtime.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 14 November, 2005.
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