Now Foods, 5-HTP, 100 mg, 120 Vcaps
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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.|
Sleeping Better, Eating Better
Sleeping Better, Eating Better
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.
Very Bad Dreams
Very Bad Dreams
First off, this is a review for 5 HTP in general and not necessarily the NOW version of it. NOW is a good brand and I recommend it. 5 HTP works great for some and for others it's not so good. I was on Lexapro for 6 months because I'm so prone to anxiety attacks. It helped a little but the side effects were too much. So I stopped Lexapro and started 5 HTP. During the day I could immediately feel the difference. I felt lighter and less troubled. But the nights were awful. It did not help me to sleep (I also suffer from insomnia) and the entire night I suffered with horrid dreams. Normally I have lovely dreams. But from the 5 HTP I would awake feeling like I hadn't slept because my mind was super active during the night. Last night I finally slept peacefully again because I went without it. Perhaps 50mg would be better than 100mg but they are capsules and I can't exactly break them. If I had purchased it locally at a health food store I could return the rest of the bottle. But from iherb you cannot return it once it's been opened. Be sure not to order a large quantity if you are uncertain whether or not how it will affect you.
Posted by 5750439135270248138 on Jan 14, 2017
It works! Helped me and my friend
Posted by 5206129903210054822 on Jan 13, 2017
This product was recommended by my Gastrolenterolgist and IHerb is a good value supplier.
Posted by 5660094304674562672 on Dec 22, 2016
Brought my moody teenager back!
Posted by 5386981317895263463 on Dec 13, 2016
My 14 year old daughter has been having issues with feelings of sadness, and lack of joy since she started her period. The feelings began to not only be once a month, but started to last longer stretches of time. I spent quite a bit of time researching supplements for her (I also work in functional medicine so I have a doctor to ask advice) as I DO NOT want a mental health diagnosis on her record, and I don't want her to struggle either. I think she just needed a bit of support with all the changes going on in her body, and she's a teenager, and doesn't eat as well as I would like! I found this combo to work REALLY fantastically: TMG, 5-HTP (Now Foods), & L-Tyrosine (Now Foods) and she is smiling, she is not locked in her room all the time, she is out and engaged in the family and I feel like I've gotten my baby back! She really did need some support. I do also have her on a whole food vitamin from Standard Process, a good probiotic from Xymogen, and she takes Maca (now foods) to help with her cycles.
A beautiful vegan product that works quickly
Posted by 5069493488113249759 on Dec 02, 2016
I have never been diagnosed with depression, but I have suffered from some acute episodes of depressed feelings, so my naturopath recommended that I take this. Along with myriad other lifestyle improvements (creating a community, being active and busy, meditating), 5-HTP boosts my feelings of happiness, self-worth, and satisfaction. I have, on two or three occasions, forgotten to take the pill before bed and I noticed myself, truly, feeling a bit sad the next day. It may be a coincidence, but 5-HTP really helps me. Thank you, NOW!