Dr Oz, 5-HTP Side Effects, Buying Guidelines, Sleep, Hunger, Mood

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Side Effects and Buying Guidelines for 5-HTP on Dr. Oz

Today Dr. Oz talked about how 5htp is a natural appetite suppressant and reduces cravings.  During this segment he talked about the side effects associated with 5-HTP and the buying guidelines that you should follow when purchasing this supplement.  He also talks about some beneficial side effects which include improved sleeping patterns, reduced hunger, and an enhanced mood.

5-HTP Reduction In Appetite

Dr. Oz invited a women on to the stage to talk about 5-HTP and how the supplement has helped her lose weight.  She told Dr. Oz that she lost 25 pounds in a few months. She said that she didn’t notice results immediately.  She said that she took 5-htp for 3 weeks until she noticed that she had a reduction in appetite. However, she said that she noticed improved sleeping patterns and an enhanced mood very quickly.  Dr. Oz said that reduction in appetite doesn’t occur overnight and you will begin to notice reduced cravings and a lower appetite in a few weeks.

Buying Guidelines To Follow When Purchasing 5-HTP

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5-HTP Side Effects and Buying Guidelines

  • 5-HTP can be found at drug and health food stores
  • The expense is 10-20 dollars per month
  • Look for pure 5-HTP or Griffonia Simplicifolia
  • Look for a supplement that doesn’t have any fillers or additives
  • Talk to a physician before taking if you are currently on a SSRI or MAOI
  • Take 50 milligrams 3 times per day
  • Take 20-30 minutes before meals
  • Take for 3 months before trying a different dosage

Side Effects From 5-HTP

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia explained to Dr. Oz that there are some side effects that people should be aware of, but fortunately most of the side effects are positive ones!  Here are the side effects that she talked about on today’s show.

  • Enhances your mood
  • Improves your sleeping patterns
  • Can cause drowsiness – reduce dosage if sleepiness occurs
  • Nausea or stomach pain can occur

Is 5-HTP The Same As Tryptophan?

Dr. Oz invited Pina Loguidice on to the show to talk about the difference between 5-HTP and tryptophan.  She said that people used to be concerned about 5-htp because they think it’s the same as tryptophan.  She said that about 20 years ago there was a bad batch of Tryptophan and it was banned by the FDA.. After further research the problem lied with the manufacturer and not tryptophan at all.  She said that 5-HTP isn’t the same as Tryptophan, it is safe and she reommends that people use this supplement.  5-HTP occurs naturally in the body but you can also buy it in supplement form and that it is safe to use.

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