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5-HTP instead of L-tryptophan in REM Caps and Appestat

February 12, 2010

REM Caps & AppestatThe amino acid L-tryptophan and 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) both have similar effects and benefits.

One of the primary reasons we use 5-HTP (which is plant-derived) in Appestat and REM Caps instead of L-tryptophan (which is usually produced via a fermentation process) is that 5-HTP is a metabolic step closer to the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin than l-tryptophan is.

In other words, both L-tryptophan and 5-HTP produce serotonin and melatonin; however, an enzyme in the body must first convert L-tryptophan to 5-HTP. By taking “straight” 5-HTP you’re able bypass this first step of the process.