5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an intermediate in the natural synthesis of the essential amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, which in turn is converted into serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that is associated with the regulation of sleep, mood, appetite, aggression, temperature, sexual behavior and pain sensation.
Supplementation with 5-HTP is preferable to supplementing with L-tryptophan. 5-HTP is derived naturally from the seeds of the Griffonia plant, where L-tryptophan is produced synthetically or through bacterial fermentation. 5-HTP crosses into the brain more readily than L-tryptophan, as it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier without competing with other amino acids for uptake. Unlike L-tryptophan, 5-HTP cannot be shunted into niacin or protein production.
From Bridgit: Why I Love 5-HTP
“I love the gentle way 5-HTP helps put me to sleep. I am never groggy the next day. Sleep is such an essential part of healing and recovery! If you are struggling to sleep well, please give this supplement a try. Use 1-2 capsules as you get ready for bed.”
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 60
Ingredients: 5-Hydroxytryptophan ... 100mg (Gryffonia simplicifolia)
Other Ingredients: Rice flour, vegetable cellulose (capsule), stearic acid, l-leucine, silicon dioxide
This product is free of milk, egg, fish, peanuts, crustacean shellfish (lobster, crab or shrimp), soybeans, tree nuts, wheat, yeast, gluten, corn, sugar, and artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors and preservatives.
Take 1 vegetarian capsule daily, with or between meals, as a dietary supplement or as directed by a qualified health care professional. To derive optimal benefits of 5-HTP, ensure adequate intake of Vitamin B6.
Store in a cool, dry place, and avoid excess heat. Keep out of reach of children.