5-HTP is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan. It is produced in the body
from a small protein building block called tryptophan. 5-HTP helps the
body to make the important “feel good” brain chemical called serotonin
and the vital “sleep” hormone, melatonin. Supplementation with 5-HTP
can help boost these important brain chemicals which in turn promote a
healthy mood, better sleep and a reduction in the sensation of pain.
Those with fibromyalgia may find some relief from their symptoms. As
well, 5-HTP can be used to help both prevent migraine headaches and
reduce their severity once they occur. Orange Natural’s 5-HTP is
naturally derived from the African plant griffonia simplicifolia and is
enhanced with vitamin B6 and magnesium which are important co-factors to
help the body convert and utilize 5-HTP.
Recommended Use: Helps to promote healthy mood
balance, relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia and reduce the severity and
duration of migraine headaches when taken as a prophylactic. Can be
taken as a sleep aid.
Directions: Adults 18 and over - take one (1) capsule three (3)
times daily with food or as directed by a healthcare practitioner. For
sleep aid, take one (1) or two (2) capsules 45 minutes before bedtime or
as directed by a healthcare practitioner. To minimize the risk of
gastrointestinal side effects, start dosing at one (1) capsule, one (1)
to two (2) times per day and slowly increase to effective dose over a 2
weeks period. For optimal results take for a minimum of 2 to 3 weeks.
Consult a healthcare practitioner for use beyond 1 year.
As with any natural health product, you should consult a healthcare practitioner on the use of this product especially if you are taking medication including carbidopa or drugs/supplements with serotonergic activity, including but not limited to L-tryptophan, S-adrenosylmethionine (SAMe), St. John's wort, antidepressants, pain killers, over the counter cough and cold medication containing dextromethorphan, anti-nausea medication and anti-migraine medication. Consult a healthcare practitioner if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen or if sleeplessness persists continuously for more than 3 weeks. Discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if you show signs of weakness, oral ulcers, or abdominal pain accompanied by severe muscle pain or if you experience skin changes. Contra-Indications: Do not use if you have scleroderma. Known Adverse Reactions: Some people may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or drowsiness. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness.