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All About 5-HTP

Substance that is created naturally in the body from the amino acid tryptophan, and that in turn is used by the body to produce serotonin, an important neurotransmitter.

  • Supplemental 5-HTP is derived from the seeds of the griffonia plant (Griffonia simplicifolia), which is native to western Africa. It can be used to aid in weight loss, insomnia, and depression.

  • In a sense, 5-HTP can be seen as a substitute for supplemental L-tryptophan, which is no longer available in the United States.

  • 5-HTP should be used together with a high-carbohydrate food or liquid such as orange juice, and as part of a comprehensive nutritional program.

  • It may not benefit everyone who takes it. If you regularly take large doses of 5-HTP (more than 300 milligrams daily), you should undergo blood testing for eosinophil (a type of white blood cell) levels every three months.

  • You should avoid this supplement if you are taking antidepressants.

Cook’s is proud to offer our own brand of 5-HTP, made from only the finest ingredients.

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