I have been taking it for the last couple of months and although it has not cured me of my depression yet, it has definitely reduced my anxiety and panic attacks! I feel more relaxed now

Source Naturals 5-HTP Review

Source Naturals 5-HTP, 100mg, 120 Capsules

Product name: Source Naturals 5-HTP, 100mg, 120 Capsules

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

L-5-Hydroxytryptophan, a dietary supplement, promotes mood improvement, emotional well-being, appetite control, as well as healthy sleep! Click here for more information!

Features:

* Improved mood, emotions, and sleep

* 5-HTP is the natural intermediate in the conversion of l-tryptophan to serotonin

* 5-HTP increases the amount of serotonin in the body and aids in the production of melatonin

* Enables relaxation and deep sleep

* Naturally derived from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia

Ingredients:

Source Naturals 5-HTP is naturally derived from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia.

Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline Cellulose, Gelatin (Capsule), Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, and Magnesium Stearate.

Hypoallergenic: Contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, corn, soy or wheat. Contains no sugar, starch, salt, preservatives, or artificial color, flavor or fragrance.

DIRECTIONS:

Take 1 to 2 tablets per day on an empty stomach, or as directed by your qualified health consultant.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Side effects may not occur in every individual who consume 5-HTP, so don't these side effects scare you! Also, most of these side effects usually occur due to overdose of the supplement; therefore, it is recommended that you start with a low dosage and increase it gradually, while at the same time closely monitoring its effects (both good and bad) on your body and mind:

a) Avoid 5-HTP if you are pregnant or lactating. Also, DO NOT take 5-HTP with Vitamin B6, or any other B Vitamin!

b) Drowsiness

c) Nausea

d) (Nasal) Congestion

e) Headache

f) Down syndrome

e) Constipation

f) Reduction in Appetite

g) Heart valve damage or disease (cardiac fibrosis)

h) When combined with MAOIs or SSRIs, 5-HTP can cause acute serotonin syndrome.

i) When combined with carbidopa (as a treatment for symptoms of Parkinson's disease), 5-HTP causes nausea and vomiting; however this can be alleviated via administration of granisetron.

j) As mentioned above under pharmacology, cases of scleroderma-like illness have been reported in patients using carbidopa and 5-HTP.

Source: Wikipedia, Webmd, LEF forum and personal experience! See also: When to Take 5 HTP and Read Before You Try or Buy 5-HTP.

WARNING: In some people, nausea, headaches, nasal congestion, or constipation may occur. If these symptoms occur, lower the dose, or spread the dose throughout the day. Discontinue use if any of these symptoms persist for more than three days. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking prescription medication such as antidepressant SSRI's, MAO inhibitors or sedatives, or if you have heart disease, consult your physician before using this product. Do not use if either tamper-evident seal is broken or missing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Recommended age:

All Ages

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENT SUGGESTIONS:

None

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WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY:

Below is a summary of the feedback we gathered from the product's ACTUAL customers:

Pros:

* I used to suffer from insomnia and hardly had any regular sleep pattern. 5-HTP made me sleep fully - for the first time in life!

* This supplement can make one either alert or sleepy. If you use 5-HTP, you would either have an increase in energy level throughout the day, or sleep much better at night.

* It has helped me get rid of my anxiety. Additionally, it also aids in mood enhancement. Finally, I got rid of my terribly bad depression and that too, WITHOUT any side-effects!

* I have been fighting thyroid problems for more than 1 year. 5-HTP is the best choice I have ever made. I got rid of my sweet tooth cravings as well as the mood swings I used to have.

* I experienced only a very slight relaxation as a result of 5-HTP's consumption. The effects may differ from person to person so you would never know if it is worth taking or not unless you give it a try. Overall, I am happy that at least it worked!

* I got rid of my occasional attacks of insomnia. Thanks to 5-HTP, I have been able to establish a normal sleeping pattern!

* It works! I don't suffer from depression, but used to have a mood problem. 5-HTP took care of that. I read somewhere that one should not take 5-HTP and alcohol together; I take 5-HTP during the day and alcohol at night and have not experienced any negative side-effects so far!

* I suggest you free yourself of Prozac and physicians and take 5-HTP instead. Not only it is more natural than Prozac, it also does not come with any side-effects!

* I love this supplements because it does not contain Valerian!

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Cons:

* At first, 5-HTP helped in stabilizing my mood; however, as I continued its consumption, it made me manic and hyper in a weird way! Foolishly, I also took other supplements such as fish oil and St. John's Wort along with it and developed serotonin syndrome as a result. Although I have discontinued the consumption of the other supplements, the effects of the syndrome have not entirely gone away!

* It is not as good as I thought it to be! Even after doubling my dosage and using it for one month, I felt no real difference in my mood or sleep pattern. My previous brand was definitely better!

* I don't know why but it does not help me at all. On the first day I took it, I could not sleep at all, and the next day too, it did not do anything for me.

* I thought 5-HTP would help me sleep better; instead, it kept me awake! I suggest you purchase a small bottle and try that first to see if it works for you at all!

* It did enhance my mood; however, I felt sick to the stomach throughout the day. I would not take it anymore, because the side-effects far outweigh the benefits!

* It made me so nauseatic that I felt like throwing away my pack of cookies. I stopped its consumption right away!

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CONCLUSION:

I have been taking it for the last couple of months and although it has not cured me of my depression yet, it has definitely reduced my anxiety and panic attacks! I feel more relaxed now, even if somewhat more indifferent and cold than before, but I am okay with that; nobody has never done a thing for me I could feel grateful for, so what is the use of empathizing at others' grief? Being a Mother Teresa clone has never been my aim in life, nor would it ever be! I am the regular, selfish person you could spot anywhere on the streets.

It does make you feel drowsy, and if you suffer from constipation then it would make you a bit constipated too, but an increase water intake should help you pass bowels normally anyway! Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) was a regular problem for me before I started taking 5-HTP; but now, it happens to me only occasionally. Due to the drowsiness issue, I suggest that you take it only at bedtime after dinner, and don't drive a car or go anywhere outside your home after taking this supplement.

Did I tell you that it helped control my appetite and fetish for junk food? So, if you suffer from food addiction then too this might help you to an extent. I am more productive at work now because I spend much less time eating and drinking!

Overall, the side effects I have with this brand's product are marginal, compared to what I have experienced with some of the other brands; hence I have no problem recommending it to you!

On a side note, if you can afford it though, I think that SAM-e is a much better supplement for mood enhancement and depression!

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PRODUCT STATISTICS:

Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 4 inches

Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces

SHIPPING ADVISORY:

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MANUFACTURER INFORMATION:

About Source Naturals

Source Naturals was created in 1982 by C.E.O Ira Goldberg to support each individual's potential to enjoy optimal health. At that time, the kind of nutritional formulations he envisioned – for the maintenance of well-being and the enhancement of life – simply didn't exist. The idea of combining many nutrients, herbs and nutraceuticals in one formulation, though common today, was then a rarity. Source Naturals pioneered the concept with Wellness Formula®, now the industry's #1 immune support product.

Source Naturals subsequently introduced numerous award-winning formulas, recognized for their excellence in independent surveys and nutritional analyses. In addition to Wellness, these award-winners include Life Force Multiple™, Mega-Kid Multiple™, Inflama-Rest™, the Skin Eternal™ line, Higher Mind™, Essential Enzymes™, Male Response™, and more.

Source Naturals' comprehensive Bio-Aligned Formulas™ help bring the power of alignment to your body. When formulating, we evaluate the underlying causes of system imbalances, and then provide targeted nutrition to interdependent body systems. Our line of more than 600 products also includes well-researched, single entity nutrients in their highest quality and most bioavailable forms.

Our nutritional supplements are at the leading edge of today's Wellness Revolution. This transformation in health consciousness also includes new perspectives in diet, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual development, and complementary health care. Source Naturals Strategy for WellnessSM is to provide education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying solely on outside medical authority. The result is people who are more productive and fulfilled, and a world that is stronger and healthier.

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MANUFACTURER CONTACT INFORMATION:

Snail mail:

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Phone:

(831) 438-1144
(800) 815-2333

Best Time to Call: None Available

Fax: (831) 438-7410

Email:

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Website: http://www.sourcenaturals.com/contact_customer_service/

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SELLER INFORMATION:

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