5-HTP Time Release
5-HTP Time Release is a dietary supplement for improving your mood and slightly helping control appetite. It’s manufactured by California company Natrol. They’ve been in business for over 30 years and become moderately popular. Their best selling products include 5-HTP, Melatonin, or Biotin. Natrol says they “have consistently achieved the highest ” A’ rating from the Natural Products Association, an independent industry association responsible for certifying vitamins and supplements.” Along with their GMP certification, it appears their products have high quality and purity.
5-HTP Time Release contains the following ingredients: 5 HTP (200mg).
Each tablet contains 100 mg of 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) from Griffonia simplicifolia seed, plus 32 mg Calcium (as dibasic calcium phosphate). The calcium isn’t listed as an active ingredient on every bottle of 5-HTP Time Release. It’s very common, though. It can be found in prepared breakfast cereals, dog treats, enriched flour, noodle products, and more. It’s an effective way for tablets to keep their shape and give people essential calcium. High doses can cause gastrointestinal distress, leading to diarrhea or nausea, but most people won’t encounter these side effects. Before buying 5-HTP Time Release, consult a doctor if you’re having any gastrointestinal problems or taking any medications.
The 5-HTP in this product comes from the shrub Griffonia simplicifolia, native to western and central Africa. The seeds are used in some herbal supplements precisely because they contain the amino acid 5-HTP. It is used by the human body as a building block; a precursor forming the neurotransmitter serotonin. It may also reduce anxiety, improve mood, and help control appetite. How much Griffonia simplicifolia someone needs depends on weight, although the optimal dose is still unknown. Most people take 300 to 500 mg of 5-HTP daily, although many people will need less. It’s also best to start with a small dose of 50 to 100 mg, just to see how your body reacts.
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- Very small tablets, instead of capsules, which can be difficult for some people to swallow.
- No yeast, wheat, corn, milk, egg, soy, gluten, artificial colors or flavors, added sugar, or preservatives. Seems to be vegetarian.
- Has some filler ingredients, although some are used to help the time release aspect of this product.
- Should have 60 tablets instead of 45. That would make things easier for customers instead of leaving them confused over how many bottles they need to buy.
This is a popular 5-HTP supplement which has plenty of positive reviews. There are very few iffy or negative results, but it doesn’t look like this is a “one size fits all” solution. Keep an open mind when going into this. Some people are sensitive to 5-HTP and need to take it slow. A lower dose of 50 mg might be best for them. One reviewer reported stomachaches and heartburn even despite the “time release” aspect of this product. For a lot of people, fortunately, this product works as advertised. They report improved mood and better sleep quality, among other benefits.