Now Foods, 5-HTP, 100 mg, 120 Vcaps
By Now Foods
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- Neurotransmitter Support
- Natural Source
- Supports Positive Mood
- GMP Quality Assured
- A Dietary Supplement
- Vegetarian Formula
5-HTP, the intermediate metabolite between the amino acid L-tryptophan and serotonin, is extracted from the bean of an African plant (Griffonia simplicifolia).
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.
Rice flour and cellulose (capsule).
Contains no sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.
Store in a cool, dry place.
If you are currently taking antidepressant medications please consult a physician prior to use. May cause drowsiness.
|Serving Size: 1 Vcap|
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value|
|5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) (Griffonia simplicifolia) (Seed)||100 mg||*|
|* Daily Value not established.|
iHerb Customer Reviews
After taking 100mg of 5-HTP for several weeks, I'm pleasantly surprised by the results. My sleep is much improved; Within about an hour of taking a 100mg capsule of 5-HTP I'm relaxed, sleepy and ready for bed but, thankfully, it's not the same feeling that a person gets after taking a prescription sleep aid. In my waking time, I find that I have little craving for junky, carbohydrate-laden foods. I'm thankful especially that I no longer have a late-night hunger for sugary junk food. My mood hasn't much changed, but depression — of the type caused by brain chemistry — can be a result of a defecit of the neurotransmitters Dopamine, Norepinephrine, and Serotonin. Since 5-HTP works by stimulating the human body's own production of Serotonin, I think that a person must have depressed levels of Serotonin in order for this product to make much difference in their overall quality of life, since depression can involve other neurotransmitters. To those who already take prescription anti-depressants: Please be careful! Consult with your medical professional, since 5-HTP — together with SSRIs — can create dangerous levels of Serotonin in the brain and cause Serotonin Syndrome.
I take three of the 100 mg. capsules a day and it has really helped with depression. I didn't notice the full effects until about 2-3 weeks, so try to hang in there if you don't feel that it's benefitting much. This was a last attempt before trying another anti-depressant. I was previously on Celexa to help with mood swings/depression while taking high doses of prednisone. I believe this works nearly as well and doesn't have the Celexa side-effects of weight gain and mild personality changes.
Effective, convenient, economical
Posted by Reviewer1497090 on May 03, 2016
We use this to settle mood. Capsules are on the smaller side, and easy for kids to take if need be. Capsule contents are water soluble, and easy to take in juice etc. We buy this a lot, and find it a good price for the dose and format of 5-HTP.
No effect at all
Posted by Reviewer2646543 on Apr 26, 2016
I had high hopes for this product, because of the positive reviews, however, I didn't experience any benefit from taking 5-HTP at all. I'm disappointed that I've yet to find something that works for me.
Posted by 4891047154947611514 on Apr 24, 2016
induces better sleep
A good one but the effects are short lasting
Posted by 5279111227043442885 on Apr 21, 2016
I have never been taking this supplement and since I work in a healthy food store where we sell these kind of stuff I got to know this product. In my country (Croatia, Europe) this product is very expensive so I am happy that we have iHerb where everything is not that expensive. This product is no miracle but it will help you to become calm and your thoughts will be easy flowing. I noticed that it takes around 30-60 minutes for HTP to start working in your brain. The feeling is similiar when you are done with gym workout and you feel like you are on a cloud, and dont give a heck about anything. I also noticed that I want to sing when I take it :) The negative side is that the effects of the pill last 2-3 hours. Also dont take more than one pill at a time because it will increase anxiety and negative thoughts. I dont suffer from any mental condition that would require for me to take HTP but I took it out of curiosity. Summary, it is pretty decent product that will help you through a stresfull day but the effects are not long enough. Greets from beautiful Croatia :)