L-Tryptophan (120 Capsules)
L-Tryptophan is a natural building block of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that plays an important role in appetite, mood, normal sleep patterns, and nervous-system health.
Serotonin, an important brain neurotransmitter, is key in the regulation of appetite, mood, and melatonin production. The presence of serotonin in the brain is associated with a balanced emotional state. This is achieved in part by decreasing the activity of certain excitatory hormones, including dopamine and noradrenaline. Serotonin also acts as a satiety signal in the brain, thereby naturally regulating food intake. Additionally, as a precursor of melatonin, serotonin is involved in regulating sleep patterns. Serotonin is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier and is therefore synthesized in the brain. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is a precursor for the synthesis of serotonin. Tryptophan crosses the blood-brain barrier and is converted to L-5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which in turn is converted into serotonin.
Each Capsule Contains:
Gelatin capsule (kosher), vegetable stearic acid (from palm oil).
Adults - Take one (1) to three (3) capsules at bedtime or between meals, or as directed by your doctor.
Best if taken at bedtime or between meals. Do not take with protein.
Consult a pharmacist or physician when taking MAOIs, tricyclics, SSRIs, or other medications that influence serotonin.
This product contains no added gluten, yeast, wheat, soy, milk, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, salt, sugar, artificial color or flavor, or preservatives. Non-GMO.
If you are pregnant, lactating, taking any medications (especially MAOIs, Tricyclics, or SSRIs), or have a medical condition, consult your doctor.
There are three primary classes of drugs that you may want to avoid when taking L-Tryptophan. Conversely, when taking these prescription drugs, you may want to avoid L-Tryptophan supplements. These drugs include: SSRI's, Tricyclic's, and MAOI's. L-Tryptophan by itself behaves in a predictable way, and serotonin levels tend to respond as L-Tryptophan consumption increases.
These classes of drugs, though, operate in less predictable ways, and mixing L-Tryptophan with any of them could raise serotonin levels higher than desired. If you are working with a physician and would like to reduce your drug dosage in favor of taking a natural supplement, please have your doctor review The Hunter Serotonin Toxicity Criteria, available online. It is our belief that numerous doctors have used this protocol with good results.
Store in a cool, dry place (59°F-85°F) away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.