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Weight Loss with 5-HTP

The problem with obesity seems pretty simple to me. People are eating too much and not getting enough exercise. I see so many patient’s opting for fad diets, but months later the weight loss is almost gone. There are much better options. 

Research in the International Journal of Obesity describes 25 overweight diabetics who were not insulin dependent. Half of the patients took 5-HTP . The others took a placebo. The patients were given no dietary restrictions. The researchers followed all the patients for two weeks. And they observed a change in the way those who took the 5-HTP compound ate. They greatly reduced their calories and carbohydrate intake. (I keep telling clients that a diet high in carbohydrates, not fats, is the quick way to weight gain.)

Chicken, Fish, and Grass-Fed Beef Can Make You Thin

5-HTP is derived from the amino acid tryptophan. And it is a precursor to serotonin. That’s the brain chemical that regulates your craving for food. It makes you feel full. You can get more tryptophan in your system by eating high-protein foods like chicken, fish, and grass-fed beef. You can also get it by taking a 5-HTP supplement. (5-HTP occurs naturally in the seeds of an African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia. That’s what the supplement comes from.)

If you’re struggling with your weight, this is a supplement worth looking into.

One caveat: Make sure you take a supplement for 5-HTP instead of a tryptophan supplement. That’s because supplemental tryptophan has been linked to eosinophilic myalgia syndrome (EMS), a dangerous disorder.

But 5-HTP is safe if taken in low doses. The recommended dose is 50 mg 1 – 3 times a day.

Order 5-HTP supplement from Metagenics on my site.


Somnolin sleep question

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the info on the sleep/insulin studies.  I had heard about some of them.  Good to see the actual test results.

I wanted to respond to the following:

For others, insomnia is a monster that’s hard to tame.

There are a number of natural sleep-aids that can help ease you into slumber without worrying about waking up with a brain fog hangover from prescription drugs.

I  recommend five natural sleep-inducers: L-tryptophan, melatonin, valerian root, L-theanine and kava. A very helpful supplement for support for restful sleep & relaxation is Somnolin by Metagenics. Order @

As someone who has long suffered from the untamable monster,  I would like to add that a good relaxing organic herbal tea with chamomile etc. and a soak in a hot tub are also wonderful natural aids for calming the mind and body prior to attempting sleep.  

Could you kindly clarify why you recommend Somnolin for insomniacs?  Here is the list of its ingredients from your meta-ehealth website:
Two tablets supply:
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl)     40 mg
Folate (as L-5-methyl tetrahydrofolate†)     400 mcg
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)     500 mcg
L-5-Hydroxytryptophan (L-5-HTP from Griffonia simplicifolia)     200 mg
L-Theanine     200 mg
Other Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, cellulose, stearic acid, croscarmellose sodium, and silica.


Somnolin has significant amounts of B12 and B6.  According to everything I have read, the last supplements an insomniac should be taking before bed are B6 and especially B12.  They will energize you, not relax you!  I am confused why they are recommended and even why they are in the formula.


Somnolin supports balanced levels of the neurotransmitters GABA, serotonin, and dopamine with the 5-HTP & theanine which help with sleep.

Theanine may influence the generation of alpha brain waves associated with a deep state of relaxation.
I think you might be relating B12 shots with suppling energy to the body. B12 injections help people feel less fatique but do not interfere with sleep. Other B vitamins act like enzymes – they make reactions occur in the body. Research suggests that L-5-MTHF (active folate) may cross the blood brain barrier helping to influence the other substances.
Griffonia simplicifolia is an herb that provides the 5 HTP.