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Clinicians 5 HTP
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Serotonin is a neurotransmitter produced naturally by the body from the essential amino acids L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan). 5-HTP is produced commercially by extraction from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia or other plant sources. In the central nervous system serotonin is involved in the regulation of sleep, mood, appetite, temperature balance, sexual behaviour and pain sensation. Other cells outside the brain such as platelets make and use serotonin, the brain can only use that which is produced in the brain, as serotonin cannot pass the brain barrier. The transport of L-tryptophan across the brain barrier can be inhibited by stress and lack of vitamin B6. 5-HTP is the active intermediate metabolite between L-Tryptophan (sourced as an amino acid in protein) and serotonin. About 70% of oral dosing penetrates the blood stream and it can be taken with food (unlike L-Tryptophan). 5-HTP readily crosses the blood brain barrier, not requiring a transport molecule as does L-Tryptophan. 5-HTP can be used as nutrient support to help regulate normal body function when a deficiency of the neurotransmitter serotonin my be evident. In this way it may be possible to improve outcomes which the health system seeks. Consult first with your medical adviser if you are using medication.


Recommended Adult Dose:  Take 1 to 3 capsules at night or as directed.

Precautions and Contraindications: SSRI Anti-depressant medication - individuals already taking anti-depressant medications or dietary supplements for depression, should not begin taking 5-HTP without consulting a pharmacist or healthcare professional.


Side Effects: Occasional side effects reported include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, especially at high doses. If these symptoms occur, reduce to a lower dose and gradually increase. Taking this supplement with meals may also help.



Pregnancy and Breast Feeding: Little is known about the use of 5-HTP in pregnancy and breast feeding. This supplement is not recommended for use during pregnancy and breast feeding unless under healthcare supervision.




Disclaimer The active ingredients in the Clinicians™ range of products, when professionally recommended, will provide nutrient support for patients suffering from various conditions. It is not intended that the information describing the properties of the Clinicians™ range should imply a claim to cure any disorder. The philosophy of the Clinicians™ range is to provide nutrient support of a condition, regardless of whether standard medication is used.
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