Griffonia Simplicifolia: Natural Appetite Suppressant

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Griffonia Simplicifolia: Natural Appetite Suppressant

By on May 9, 2012

Griffonia Simplicifolia Seeds

Dr Oz recently reported on Griffonia Simplicifolia as a natural appetite suppressant.  This West and Central African shrub has seeds that produce chemicals that act as an appetite suppressant. The Griffonia Simplicifolia Seeds produce 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which raises serotonin levels in humans. It has also been known to regulate mood and promote a healthy sleep pattern.

Griffonia Simplicifolia

Griffonia Simplicifolia or 5-HTP can help suppress your appetite naturally.

Griffonia Simplicifolia Dosage Recommendation

Dr Oz recommended a dosage of 200mg of Griffonia Simplicifolia a day. This seems to be pretty much in the sweet spot as most other sources suggest a dosage of somewhere between 50mg and 300mg a day. In extreme cases, up to 600mg have been prescribed per day. It ultimately depends on why you are taking Griffonia Simplicifolia. In addition to being used as an appetite suppressant, it is also often used as a mood elevator or to combat insomnia (and to fight headaches).

The most consistent suggestion is that beginners should take 50mg, three times a day. And if that doesn’t work after a few weeks to increase the dosage to as high as 100mg, three times a day.

If it is being used for weight loss, it is suggest that Griffonia Simplicifolia be taken 20-30 minutes before meals and if it is being used to combat insomnia the dosage should not be spread out across the day, but taken all at once 30-45 minutes before bed.

Griffonia Simplicifolia Side Effects

Not a lot of research has been done into the side effects of Griffonia Simplicifolia, but there  don’t seem to be any seriously terrible ones unless it is taken in concert with certain drugs. The natural possible side effects of Griffonia Simplicifolia are:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Drowsiness

5-HTP Side Effect Rate

It should be noted that Griffonia Simplicifolia taken by itself has an extremely low side effect rate.

Griffonia Simplicifolia should not be taken in concert with any anti-depressants. Some serious side effects may occur such as confusion, anxiety, increased heart rate or other unknown ailments.

It is also possible to overdose on serotonin. Consuming too much serotonin is actually a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome.

Griffonia Simplicifolia: Depression Cure?

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has been linked to feelings of well-being and happiness. In fact many antidepressants that are among the most prescribed medications in the world work to increase the amount of serotonin in your brain. With Griffonia Simplicifolia, you can get that serotonin naturally and reduce depression and anxiety. In addition, the side effects are less severe than those for antidepressants.

Disclaimer: Do not take Griffonia Simplicifolia in concert with any anti-depressants. Do not stop taking your anti-depressants without talking to your doctor first. Please don’t self-medicate. Anything that you take in order to alter your mood should be discussed with a doctor first.

Dr Oz: Natural Weight Loss Supplements

As previously stated, Dr. Oz recently featured Griffonia Simplicifolia on his show as a natural appetite suppressant. On the show, Dr Oz pointed out that Griffonia Simplicifolia raises serotonin levels in humans and that it acts as as a natural weight loss supplement. Often, when people feel hungry, what they are really feeling is their brain’s desire for serotonin. Dr Oz quoted a study that found that people who took Griffonia Simplicifolia consumed 41% less calories.

Dr Oz also pointed to Glucomannan, pine nuts, and grape seed oil as other natural weight loss supplements.

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Comments to Griffonia Simplicifolia: Natural Appetite Suppressant

  1. Info has been clearer when it comes to suppliments and foods with possible side effects and interactions with meds. Also many recipes are being posted when they say they are posted.
    Thanks so much for the positive changes!!!!

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