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Review: Nutrition Centre’s Solgar 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.


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