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Review: Nutrition Centre’s Solgar 5-HTP

Friday, July 12th, 2013

5-HTP

 

Over the last few weeks I have been using some Solgar 5-HTP (or to give it it’s full name 5-Hydroxitryptophan) by the Nutrition Centre.  I had never heard of this supplement before, I had been aware of the use of L-tryptophan as a mood enhancer, sleep and a precursor to serotonin.  As I normally do when I come across something I have not heard of before I did some research on  5-HTP.  The key principle that the use of 5-HTP is based on is the boosting of Serotonin which is a neurotransmitter that helps to relay signals within the brain, and is closely linked to regulation of mood and reduction of anxiety.

There has also been some discussion that 5-Hydroxitryptophan may also act as a sleep aid, these properties have made it an increasingly popular supplement in the modern stress filled world.  To find out more about 5-HTP and the theories behind it have a read of the article ‘What is 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)?’ here on the blog.

I decided to take the 5-HTP supplement before bed for a month and see what effect it had on me.  Bearing in mind I consider myself to a be a happy, healthy person, I was not expecting much of an effect based on what I had read on the subject of 5-HTP.   However I was massively mistaken, after about 4 days the first thing that I noticed was that I felt that I was sleeping much more deeply and waking up feeling more refreshed than I normally do.

After a few more days I found that I was starting to get what felt like a more regulated sleep cycle and even better I even started to wake up before my alarm went off, which I was very impressed with.  I am normally a bit of a snoozer, with my alarm going off multiple times.  The other good aspect about my sleep pattern was that when I woke up I felt immediately alert and ready to go, again before taking the 5-HTP it would take me 30 minutes r so to fully wake up.

In terms of my mood state, I did not really notice a difference in myself, however I did receive several comment from friends and family and even my partner mentioned she had noticed that I had been a great deal more upbeat while taking the 5-HTP.  So this obviously went down well!

The Solgar tabets were easy to swallow in a soft gel capsule, and B vitamins to promote nervous system health and the herb Valerian.  They are also peak-X-free, which is the substance that was much discussed in the early days of L-tryptophan use.

I would definitely recommend that anyone who experiences sleep issues or mood issues try 5-HTP, making sure you have cleared it with a medical professional first.

Let me know your experiences.

TOM

Review: Nutrition Centre’s Solgar Vitamin D3

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Vitamin D

Recently I was sent a number of health based supplements by The Nutrition Centre, many of which I had not perviously tried.  One of the supplements that they sent through to me was a bottle of vitamin D3, so I was very keen to start using it and see what affect it had on me.

Vitamin D3 is a key fat soluble vitamin in the effective absorption of calcium  this helps to develop a strong bone structure and teeth.  This vitamin is also an important factor in maintaining a strong immune system.  We are supposed to produce this vitamin within our bodies from the UV rays that we get from sunlight.  However in the UK with our limited amount of sunlight many individuals feel the need to supplement  especially during winter months.  The limited amount of sunlight has led to many people in the UK being deficient in this very important vitamin, meaning the need for supplementation is very common.

The Solgar Vitamin D3 400iu soft gel capsules have undergone molecular distillation to help to remove all harmful contaminants. The capsules are oil based, this format helps to aid optimal levels of absorption.  The recommendation is to take one capsule per day with a meal.

I added the vitamin D3 supplement to my normal vitamin intake over the course of a month and found that it did help me to keep my immune system topped up.  I found that it was a great addition to my diet, and although I had no concrete proof of the fact it was aiding my effective absorption of calcium, I felt that it was working effectively.

As this supplement is cheap and easy to add into your current intake I thoroughly recommend it, especially during the winter months.

TOM