Depression, anxiety, insomnia (or hypersomnia), impaired cognitive function and fatigue are all side effects of serotonin deficiency. Serotonin is believed to be the key to mood regulation, sleep cycle regulation and so much more. Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter; “neurotransmitter” is the medical term for essential chemicals in the brain necessary for the transmission of impulses to the necessary centers that allow you to feel emotions or register thoughts.
Serotonin deficiency is spreading like wildfire around the globe as it can be caused by poor diet and heightened stress levels. To help combat this dangerous problem there are numerous supplements on the market today with more brands and treatments being added daily. These over-the-counter supplements are a lower-cost alternative to prescription medications that may have a lower risk of side effects.
5-HTP, or 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a very popular serotonin-boosting supplement; it is a compound produced from the amino acid tryptophan and aids in the synthesis of serotonin. 5-HTP in supplement form is a natural product derived from the seeds of an African plant, Griffonia simpicifolia. 5-HTP is used to treat and hopefully reverse the harmful effects of serotonin deficiency. While there is no established safe and effective dose for 5-HTP yet, trials of the drug have used anything from 100mg- 300mg. There is a variety of doses available in supplements; consult your doctor when determining what dose may be right for you.
Below are a few common brands of 5-HTP available on the market today.
Natures Way 5-HTP- In business since 1969, Nature’s Way supplements are known for their value and quality. You can purchase Nature’s Way 5-HTP retail for about $5- $10 per 30 tablets of 50mg each for a cost of about .003 cents per milligram to .006 cents per milligram, making it an excellent choice for individuals who require a lower dose.
Trimedica 5-HTP- Manufactured by another trusted name in natural supplementation (Trimedica, Inc. was established 15 years ago), Trimedica 5-HTP retails for about $20- $25 for a bottle of 60 tablets. This is another great brand for individuals who require a lower dose as each tablet is 50mg. Recommend dose is anywhere from one to four tablet per day, depending on the individual at a cost of about .006 cents per milligram to .0083 cents per milligram.
Seronex- Made by Progressive Heath. Comes in a 100mg dose to be taken twice a day. A bottle of 60 tablets, a one-month supply if taken at the recommended dosage, is about $30 and is backed by Progressive Health’s long-standing and trusted name in natural supplements for a cost of only .005 cents per milligram.
These are only a few of the many brands of 5-HTP on the market today. Don’t forget to look at the source of the 5-HTP used by each manufacture, cost and effectiveness of each brand; try to always buy from a trusted, proven brand that stands by their product. As with any supplementation or other treatments for medical issues, always consult a doctor before making changes to your medication or supplement regime to avoid any undesirable effects or interactions between these supplements and any medication you may presently be taking.
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