Dr Oz: 5-HTP Side Effects Mood Stabilizer & 5-HTP Buying Guidelines

By on January 31, 2013

Dr Oz: 5-HTP is NOT Tryptophan

Dr. Oz shared what could be the secret to weight loss that you have been waiting to hear about! It is a supplement called 5-HTP and it is an all-natural appetite suppressant that will not only help you lose weight, but it will also boost your mood and improve your sleep.

Dr Oz: 5-HTP Results In 3 Weeks

Dr. Oz welcomed a woman who used the supplement 5-HTP to lose 25 pounds over the course of several months. She explained that while it took about three weeks for her to notice a difference in her appetite, she noticed her mood and sleep improved almost immediately. Dr. Oz said that it is very important information because he does not want someone to take 5-HTP for a week and give up because they do not think it is working. He said that these results are actually exactly what should happen when you start taking the supplement.

Dr Oz: 5-HTP Side Effects Mood Stabilizer & 5-HTP Buying Guidelines

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia said that there are a few side effects from taking a 5-HTP supplement, but they are mostly positive and include stabilizing your mood and improving your sleep.

Dr Oz: Buying Guidelines For 5-HTP

Dr. Oz wanted to spend quality time on the buying guidelines for 5-HTP so he asked his panel of medical experts to share what you need to know before you buy this natural appetite suppressant.

  • Purchase at grocery store, drug store, health food store
  • Cost varies from $10-$20 per month
  • Must be pure 5-HTP or Griffonia Simplicifolia
  • Must have NO binders, fillers, or additives
  • Check with your physician first, especially if you are taking an SSRI or MAOI medication
  • 50 MG, three times per day
  • Take about 20-30 minutes before meals
  • Try for three months before changing dose

Dr Oz: 5-HTP Side Effects

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia explained that there are definitely some side effects from taking a supplement of 5-HTP, especially positive ones, but there are others to look out for as well.

  • Stabilizes your mood
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Sleepiness – if this happens you may want to scale back on the dose a little bit
  • Nausea or abdominal pain

Dr Oz: 5-HTP vs Tryptophan

Dr. Pina Loguidice explained that there was a time when people may have been nervous about taking 5-HTP because there was some confusion surrounding Tryptophan. There was a bad batch of Tryptophan about 20 years ago so the FDA banned it, but after a year of good research they found that there really was not a problem with the product, but instead with the Japanese company who was manufacturing the product. Dr. Loguidice went on to say that while this may have been why people were leery about taking 5-HTP, she said you can rest assured that 5-HTP is very different from Tryptophan and it is vastly safe and she absolutely recommends that people use it.

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Comments to Dr Oz: 5-HTP Side Effects Mood Stabilizer & 5-HTP Buying Guidelines

  1. I really need to loose weight. I would really love your help. I would be so greatful.
    Thank you

  2. Lorea…..this is just a comment forum. Dr. Oz does not answer your questions. However, some questions can and are answered by us ordinary people if we can. Medical issues should be answered by your doctor. I’ve come to realize that there is no easy answer to losing weight. Every one is different. It’s trial and error. Generally lower food portions and exercise seems to be the only way.

  3. People need to know….. it was not told on Dr. Oz, that they should not take Vitamin B-6 while taking 5-HTP. Google it and you will get the information about this. The combination can be bad for your heart.

  4. People need to know….. it was not told on the show, that they should not take Vitamin B-6 while taking 5-HTP. Google it and you will get the information about this. The combination can be bad for your heart.

  5. Kari Idris says:

    I take medicine for depression and blood pressure . Beside my medicine can I take 5 htp?
    Kari Idris California
    Thank you

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