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The Hype on 5htp for Weight Loss

New products and gadgets are coming out all the time by the weight loss industry. And there is never a shortage of people willing jump on the bandwagon and try anything new to help with their quest to drop a few pounds. The obesity epidemic has many people anxious to try all sorts of things to help shed the weight. The popular Doctor Oz show has exploded with viewers across the country; among them are people anxious to try anything the doctor recommends for weight loss. His endorsement or recommendations of supplements is strongly trusted by many of his viewers.

Recently on the Doctor Oz website he discussed the use of 5htp for using as an aid to help with weight loss. Also known as 5-Hydoxtryptophan or Oxitriptan it is a natural amino acid. To put it in the simplest terms, this supplement when it reaches the brain turns into serotonin. The more serotonin the brain releases the more relaxed one becomes and one’s mood will improve. It is also found to suppress the appetite, which then can leads to shedding pounds.

While losing weight and sticking to their diet is probably the most popular reason people are being drawn to 5htp, another reason people want this supplement is for the other health benefits. It is known to help with headaches, insomnia, depression and fibromyalgia. When the claims on a product like this are so comprehensive to many different conditions it typically will be buzzed about. The problem with so much hype on health products is that often the side effects and precautions are ignored.

In the case of 5htp consumers need to be aware of some of the serious side effects. It is recommended that it be only used for short-term use or no longer than 12 weeks. This has raised some questions as to its effectiveness long term or if it can only be taken once. This should be discussed with a physician so individuals can better understand how and when to take it to get the best results. Other side effects include gastrointestinal problems like nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. It is also not recommended without physician supervision for those suffering from depression, bipolar or already taking antidepressants as it can increase suicidal ideation. And of course breastfeeding moms or those already pregnant should avoid this supplement.

Doctor Oz on his website recommends getting the pure 5-htp or “griffonia simplicifolia” extract. Again you should always check with your physician to be sure you are taking something that is appropriate for you. This supplement may be very beneficial for people looking for a boost to their diet to give them the extra willpower they need to successfully shed pounds. Consumers need to be aware of all the risks and benefits before taking any new supplement.