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5-HTP Ultra Formula, 60 Vcaps, Douglas Labs
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Ultra 5-HTP Formula by Douglas Laboratories is a dietary supplement for serotonin support that contains a synergistic combination of 5-HTP, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients designed to support mood and a sense of well-being.

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. Unfortunately, tryptophan faces many obstacles during its journey into brain tissue.

First, dietary intake directly affects body levels of tryptophan, as the body can not produce it endogenously. High protein diets often provide greater amounts of tryptophan, yet higher carbohydrate diets appear to enhance tryptophan uptake into the brain.

Secondly, tryptophan must compete with other amino acids for entry into the brain. Finally, tryptophan may be taken up by other tissues for protein or niacin synthesis, and thus is not exclusively for use by the brain.

As a metabolic intermediate in the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, 5-HTP can also serve as a precursor of serotonin. 5-HTP offers a number of advantages over tryptophan. 5-HTP is derived naturally from the seeds of the Griffonia plant, unlike tryptophan which is produced synthetically or through bacterial fermentation. 5-HTP crosses into the brain more readily than tryptophan as it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier without competition for uptake. 5-HTP is significantly more useful than tryptophan; one 50mg capsule of 5-HTP is roughly equivalent to 500mg of tryptophan.

As co-enzymes, the B vitamins are essential components in most major metabolic reactions. They play an important role in energy production, including the metabolism of lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. B vitamins are also important for blood cells, hormones, and nervous system function. As water-soluble substances, B vitamins are not generally stored in the body in any appreciable amounts (with the exception of vitamin B-12).Therefore, the body needs an adequate supply of B vitamins on a daily basis.

Herbs such as St. Johns wort and Ginkgo biloba are widely recognized for their positive, supportive effects on mental and emotional function. Minerals such as magnesium, chromium and zinc play a wide variety of essential roles in the body and support optimum functioning of all the bodys processes.

Other nutrients such as L-Tyrosine, L-Glutamine and octacosanol are also included for their positive effects on mental and neurological well-being.

Ultra 5-HTP Formula may be a useful nutritional supplement for individuals wishing support healthy mental function and increase their levels of brain serotonin.

Supplement Facts:
2 vegetarian capsules contain:
Vitamin A (as vitamin A palmitate) 1,000 IU (20%)
Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 100mg (167%)
Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopheryl) 30 IU (100%)
Thiamine 5mg (333%)
Riboflavin 5mg (294%)
Niacinamide 50mg (250%)
Folic Acid 800mcg (200%)
Vitamin B12 1,000mcg (16,667%)
Pantothenic Acid 5mg (50%)
Magnesium 50mg (13%)
---(from magnesium aspartate complex)
Zinc 10mg (67%)
---(from zinc picolinate)
Chromium GTF 100mcg (83%)
---(from chromium polynicotinate)
5-HTP (L-5-hydroxytryptophan) 125mg L-Tyrosine 100mg
L-Glutamine 100mg
Octacosanol 1,500mcg
St. John's Wort (leaf & flower) 30mg
---(standardized to 0.3% hypericin)
Ginkgo biloba (leaf) 15mg
---(standardized to 24% ginkgo flavon glycosides)
Inositol 25mg
Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P) 20mg
Other Ingredients: cellulose and silica.

Recommended Use:
Adults: As a dietary supplement, adults 2 capsules daily or as recommended by a healthcare professional.

Warnings:
If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription medications (especially anticoagulants, oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, anti-seizure medications, drugs to treat HIV or prevent transplant rejection), consult your physician before using this product. Keep out of the reach of children.

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