Studies suggest that 5-HTP increases the production of the neurotransmitter Serotonin. Both the amino acid Tryptophan and 5-HTP ( the next step in the metabolic chain of tryptophan) are precursors to serotonin.
A deficiency of serotonin can be manifested in multiple ways including, depression, anxiety,migraines, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, sleeplessness and other behavioral disorders.
Many of these problems are currently being treated with SSRI's (Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors - ie: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft). These work by blocking the reuptake of serotonin into the neurons and keeping them in the synapses (serotonin is considered an inhibitory neurotransmitter meaning it counters or buffers excitatory activity, thus bringing on a calming effect, reducing anxiety, depression and facilitating sleep).
Studies have shown that higher levels of serotonin ( Which can be obtained from supplementing with 5-HTP) are associated with: Decreased Depression - Improved Sleep - Alleviation of Anxiety - Relief from and prevention of migraine headaches- due to serotonin's effect on smooth muscles in blood vessels.
Weight loss due to reduced carbohydrate cravings.
In the past, the media has suggested that "Peak X" , a naturally occuring substance present in Griffonia seeds, could potentially cause health related problems although there is no convincing evidence to show that "Peak X" causes any illness at all.
In any case, you should be aware that Nature's Sunshine's 5-HTP Power does not contain "Peak-X" and poses no health risk.
3 mg vitamin B6 (150% of Daily Value), 3 mg zinc (20% of Daily Value), 5-HTP, eleuthero root, ashwagandha root and suma bark.
Take 1 capsule three times daily with a meal. The 35 mg of 5-HTP in this product allows flexibility when adjusting serving size.
If taking a prescription medication, consult a health care practitioner before taking this product. Pregnant or nursing women should seek the advice of a health care practitioner before using this supplement. Do not use this product for more than three months without taking a two-week rest.