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5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)

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5-HTP has been found to provide a number of health benefits including improved mood, improved sleep, better concentration and mental focus, and more. It converts internally into a specialist neurotransmitter known as serotonin. This serotonin passes signals between the cells in your brain and helps to regulate your mood and mental well-being. Read the full product description for more information.

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What is 5-HTP?

5-HTP, or 5-Hydroxytryptophan, is actually a chemical by-product from an amino acid known as L-Trytophan. Put simply, it is a chemically modified version of Tryptophan. 5-HTP has been found to provide a number of benefits to the human body, especially when it comes to their mental health and well-being. Your body uses this compound to create a chemical known as serotonin, which is a vital neurotransmitter, particularly for when it comes to mental health.

How does it work?

Neurotransmitters are basically special chemicals found in and produced by, the brain, which transmit various signals to other parts of your body. Because of this, they have a key role in determining your overall psychological well-being and how you feel in general. Why is this important? Because 5-HTP actually converts internally into a specialist neurotransmitter which we covered earlier, known as serotonin. This serotonin passes signals between the cells in your brain and helps to regulate your mood, and mental well-being.

What are the benefits of 5-HTP?

As you’ve probably gathered by now, the main benefits of 5-HTP are psychologically-based and are based around your mental health and well-being, but even so, let’s now take a more in-depth look at some of the more prominent benefits you can expect when taking this supplement:

Improved mood

One of the main benefits of 5-HTP is the fact that it has been proven to help lift a person’s mood and make them feel better. Because of this, rather than prescription drugs, more and more people suffering with stress, anxiety, and depression, are instead using 5-HTP supplements to help improve their mental health. 5-HTP is converted by the body into serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for how we feel and function mentally. Put simply, the more serotonin we have, the better we feel.

Improved sleep

Another great benefit of this supplement is the fact that it also helps to promote a healthy night’s sleep. Once the 5-HTP has been converted into serotonin, it then helps us to relax and unwind, which in turn can promote a good night’s sleep. On top of that, serotonin actually helps us to feel sleepy once it gets dark, so again, the more there is, the easier we’ll find it to drift off at night.

Weight loss

A particularly surprising benefit associated with 5-HTP, is the fact that it does actually appear to function as a very potent and powerful weight loss supplement. In one study, two groups of people were separated and were given the same diet and exercise routines to follow for 12 weeks, with the first six weeks being a normal diet, and the second six weeks being a low calorie diet. One group took a 5-HTP supplement, whilst the other group took a placebo. The study noted that the placebo group’s weight stayed the same, whereas those taking 5-HTP, lost between 2 and 3% of their bodyweight.

Increased energy

Another great benefit of 5-HTP is the fact that it is believed to help increase a person’s energy levels by increasing their metabolism. This would also explain why it functions as an effective weight loss supplement in the process.

Better concentration and mental focus

As 5-HTP is converted into a neurotransmitter within the brain, not only does this enhance mental health and mood, it also helps to boost concentration and mental focus levels in the process.

Other benefits include:

  • Helps fight and prevent depression and mental health disorders
  • Helps promote clear-thinking and mental clarity
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved fat loss
  • Promotes a good night’s sleep
  • Helps boost your mood
  • Helps boost the immune system
  • And more...

How and when should it be taken?

5-HTP is often found in tablet or capsule form, and should be swallowed with water, preferably on an empty stomach to assist with absorption. As far as dosages go, although it can vary depending on gender, age, and overall goals and objectives, most experts recommended one 300mg tablet to be taken once per day.

Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): Adults 1 - 2 Capsule(s) 3 - 4 time(s) per day.

5-HTP VS L-Tryptophan

5-HTP is produced naturally from the amino acid L-Tryptophan, which can also be purchased as a supplement, so which is better? Well, whilst L-Tryptophan can still provide a number of benefits, particularly those regarding a person’s mental health and well-being, as 5-HTP is a direct precursor to serotonin, this means that it is converted much easier, much quicker, and it is much purer, so therefore, the body has less work to do in order to convert 5-HTP into serotonin as Tryptophan is a precursor to 5-HTP.

What can you stack it with?

For a potent and effective nootropical stack that helps boost brain function and mental health, many people will stack 5-HTP with L-Tyrosine, or a natural herbal supplement known as St John’s Wort. These compounds all benefit the brain and a our mental health in different ways, so for anybody dealing with mental health disorders, these types of stacks are certainly worth considering.

5-HTP Ingredients

Ingredients Per Capsule

Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): L-5-HTP (L-5-Hydroxytryptophan, 5-HTP) .................................................................................... 100 Milligrams
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin, Brown Rice flour.

Potential 5-HTP side effects

Before using any new supplement, always take the time to speak with your doctor and let them know what you’re taking. Though rare, some side effects that are possible with 5-HTP include:

  • Dizziness
  • Light headedness
  • Diarrhea
  • EMS
  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle and joint problems
  • Serotonin syndrome

Known Adverse Reactions: Some people may experience drowsiness. Exercise caution if operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Some people may experience diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Contraindications: Do not use if you have scleroderma.

Allergen warnings

Allergy Statement: This product is made in a facility that handles milk products, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.

This product may contain milk, gluten, shellfish, soy, peanuts and other tree nuts.

5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) Reviews

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All good - no problem
Product Options: Capsules - 90 x 100 mg
Veronica D. on 10/08/2018
No comment

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Product Options: Capsules - 90 x 100 mg
Sarah K. on 04/07/2018
British Columbia
I had no idea. I've had depression for near on 15 years. Literally brought me out of my funk in an hour. Stay tunned for semi-long term usage results.

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Product Options: Capsules - 90 x 100 mg
sebastien g. on 03/05/2018
Trying this out

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Product Options: Capsules - 90 x 100 mg
Tyler W. on 21/04/2018
I really like this product a lot. After about a week I noticed I was actually tired at night which made the transition to sleeping much easier for me. I also noticed an improved mood as well during the day and night. I take one capsule in the morning and one capsule in the evening and this works well for me.

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Eric M. on 07/02/2018

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Matt S. on 01/09/2017

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Great for mood balance and sleep
Trevor N. on 31/08/2017
Kelowna, BC
5-HTP is one of those mood and sleep supplements that you can actually feel. It's subtle, and really that's the point. You don't want to feel dramatically different, as periods of cycling would be a huge issue, let alone the issue of dependency. 5-HTP basically gives a little pick me up to your overall mood, and when taken a few hours before bed, helps with falling asleep quicker and staying in deep sleep. I generally take 5-HTP during the gloomy winter months, or when stress is higher than normal. Usually, 5-HTP has been cost prohibitive to take regularly, but Canadian Protein's price is fantastic!

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Good Quality!
Keeley L. on 31/08/2017

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Sleep all night
Parker S. on 14/08/2017
2 x before bed with GABA

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Anna T. on 01/08/2017
Niagara Falls
Quality Canadian Company to order from. Resealable Velcro bags which guarantees the bag will not open accidentally. Eye appealing package design. Ships quickly and exactly what you ordered I won't order from any other company.

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5 HtP
sarah c. on 07/07/2017
Feeling better already

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Mind and body
gina l. on 13/06/2017
Port Elgin
Have used this for months, good pricing.

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Jerry S. on 17/05/2017

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Good Product
Shane J. on 10/05/2017
Arrived quickly and with out lots of excess packaging. Product seems to be good quality and there are no issues as of now.

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Don't feel effects but it arrived fresh
Julian F. on 19/04/2017
I don't really seem to feel any different after about a week of consistent followed use but it arrived fresh.

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Good so far
John R. on 10/04/2017
Pickering, ON
First time purchasing this one...will need to continue use to determine full effectiveness.

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Mitchell D. on 17/03/2017
Pasadena, NL
Noticed imediate changes to sleep and mood. 5 star quality all around .

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brain food
Jermain M. on 27/02/2017
whitby ON
I take this at night with melatonin and tribulus. great for a complete sleep.

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Dean C. on 05/01/2017
My mood seemed to get better after using

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Genevieve C. on 27/12/2016
Efficient product, really affordable compared to others in pharmacy and delivery is ultra fast.

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spencer g. on 14/12/2016
First time trying it. Great price from what I've observed anywhere else.

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Really good !
Loïc M. on 14/12/2016
Quebec Quebec
Product meet my expectation.

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Helps me sleep.
steve N. on 06/11/2016
I use this to sleep better. My wife uses it all the time if she need to get up really early of to be well rested. Does not leave you groggy.

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Derrick G. on 23/08/2016
can't say that I notice any effect from taking this supplement.

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Joseph G. on 31/07/2016
A Gym
Noticed an increase in energy and mood.

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Pavel P. on 20/07/2016
Feel much more the effect than other brand

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great product
christopher on 25/04/2015
grande prairie ab
Works as advertised. Thanks CP.

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maxime on 20/11/2014
Very glad they finally added this. Best price for a supplement that can replace ssri. 3x à day cured my depression and panic attacks in 2 weeks

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5-htp caps
Paul on 29/12/2012
orillia, on
i cannot imagine that you will find a better price for 5-htp of this quality. i really appreciate the efficient service of canadian protein and look forward to ordering again in the future.


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