5HTP – The Non Pharmaceutical Choice for Mood and Much More

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5HTP – The Non Pharmaceutical Choice for Mood and Much More

We are inundated daily with pharmaceutical ads on television claiming to be the end all be all miracle pill. If you keep listening though, even as pictures grace your screen of people dancing, smiling and having a great life it seems as though the soundtrack doesn’t quite match. Just after the magical answer is presented in a new pill form with a name that surely was spelled during a Boggle Game, the terrifying list of potential side effects is rattled off. Itching, hives, inability to breathe, brain bleeding, coma, even death is sometimes reported. These drugs, while they may help to alleviate symptoms for some, can literally be the death of others.

Natural alternatives, though many work wonders, are very secondary in America still. Supplement companies do not have the advertising budgets that the pharmaceutical giants do. Nor are they allowed, by way of the FDA, to make any claims at all as to what their natural products can do for your health.

Going natural requires a bit of research and guidance, but it is well worth it. Today let’s take a look at one of natures wonders that has a multitude of uses with no reported side effects.

5HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) comes in capsule supplement form. It is extracted from the plant Griffonia simplicifolia, a shrub that grows in Africa.


Depression – Depression is thought to be a symptom of maintaining low levels of serotonin in the brain. The mood-boosting effects of 5-HTP are comparable to that of some antidepressants as it raises the serotonin level, naturally.

Anxiety Attacks – Those who suffer from ongoing panic attacks due to low serotonin stores in the brain found significant relief with supplementation of 200 mg of 5-hydroxytryptophan daily. It has been shown to produce a relaxing effect leading to less anxiety.

Weight Loss – Carbohydrates raise the serotonin levels in the brain. By increasing serotonin levels, supplementing with 5-HTP can greatly lessen carbohydrate cravings as well as overall appetite leading to weight loss.

Better Sleep – 5HTP has been shown in many studies to help your body relax and regulate sleep.

5HTP has made a world of difference for many. When considering supplementation it is best to consult with a qualified doctor who knows nutrition as well as the human body. If you are considering 5HTP or any other supplements, as an addition to your regimen make an appointment to come in and talk with us at the office of Dr. Jason Kaster, D.C.

Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL, and Naples, FL

Fort Myers Chiropractor, Dr. Jason B. KasterChiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?

Dr. Jason B. Kaster, a chiropractor in Fort Myers and Naples, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.

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