5-HTP Plus capsules, provided by Douglas Laboratories, contain 75 mg of natural L-5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) extracted from seeds of the Griffonia plant, together with 7.5 mg of pyridoxal-5-phosphate and 50 mg of a proprietary blend of the neurotransmitters L-tyrosine and L-glutamine.
This product has been certified to be free of a contaminant, peak “x”, implicated in a past incidence of dietary tryptophan-associated eosinophilia myalgia syndrome (EMS).
Serotonin, an important brain neurotransmitter, is key in the regulation of appetite, mood, and melatonin production. The presence of serotonin in the brain is associated with a balanced emotional state. This is achieved in part by decreasing the activity of certain excitatory hormones, including dopamine and noradrenaline. Serotonin also acts as a satiety signal in the brain, naturally regulating food intake.
Additionally, as a precursor of melatonin, serotonin is involved in regulating sleep patterns. Serotonin is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier and is therefore synthesized in the brain. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is a precursor for the synthesis of serotonin. Tryptophan crosses the blood-brain barrier and is converted to L- 5-hydroxytryptophan, which in turn is converted into serotonin.
5-HTP Plus capsules may be a useful nutritional supplement for individuals wishing to obtain the benefits of this well-documented plant extract to increase their levels of brain serotonin.
Each Vcaps Vegetarian Capsule Contains:
- L-5-hydroxytryptophan – 75 mg
- Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate – 7.5 mg
Proprietary Blend – 50 mg
- L-tyrosine and L-glutamine
One to two capsules per day, between meals or as directed by one of our health coach professionals.
Vitamin B6 is necessary for the conversion of 5-HTP to serotonin. Thus, an adequate intake of vitamin B6 is necessary to derive optimal benefits of 5-HTP.
No adverse side effects have been reported.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.