A surprisingly negative review was posted about the ingredient 5-HTP in my Night Time product and I just thought I would respond, since it communicates inaccurate and inappropriate information. This review falsely states that, “5-HTP is unsafe to be taken by ANYONE.” That is patently inaccurate and completely false. 5-HTP is not unsafe – least of all in the 10 mg dose present in this gentle, relaxing product. As background, 5-HTP is the biochemical “nickname” for 5-Hydroxytryptophan, which is a naturally occurring amino acid (component of protein) and plays numerous roles in biological systems, such as being a necessary precursor for the body’s normal, natural creation of protein, enzymes, serotonin (natural neurotransmitter), melatonin (natural neurohormone) and more. Tryptophan might sound familiar, since it is found in virtually all food protein sources and is abundant in dairy products, fish, meat and various nuts and seeds. It is one of the reasons why some folks associate a warm glass of milk as a good pre-bedtime ritual or expect to feel drowsy after a large turkey dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The mechanisms for those relaxing effects are not as simple as drinking milk or eating turkey, but Tryptophan’s normal presence in protein sources and its natural role in the production of neurochemicals required for sleep and relaxation are well established. The absolute inaccuracy of any assertion of risk from 10 mg of 5-HTP is brought into perspective by the fact that a small 3.5 ounce portion of Turkey naturally contains 25x more Tryptophan while 3.5 ounces of dried egg white contains 100x more Tryptophan than Night Time! In short, this ingredient is not even remotely risky at these levels and I would never deliver it at any other level other than an entirely safe level. In fact, Night Time is formulated specifically to include a comprehensive list of natural, relaxing ingredients rather than high levels of any single ingredient. It is formulated to be extremely mild and to rule out any risk whatsoever, including that of hangover in the morning.
By the way, I suspect the inaccurate statement regarding this risks of 5-HTP comes from the fact that about 20 years or so ago, there was a bad batch of contaminated Tryptophan produced in Asia that made it into supplements. It was not natural Tryptophan and the impurity was the problem – not the Tryptophan, but that was over 20 years ago and, just as any product can be contaminated if a chemical producer overseas makes errors, it does not mean that all foods or medicines or supplements are therefore contaminated. I believe what might have happened is that while the Internet is a great tool for gathering information, it can also make even very old information seem current and new.
Summarizing, Tryptophan is abundant in food and the levels present in my Night Time are a small fraction of what is consumed in the normal diet. I would never recommend that Tryptophan be consumed in mega-doses or doses that are more than a few hundred mgs per day – unless recommended by a physician. As I said above, we deliver 10 mgs of 5-HTP with Night Time. It is completely safe and it is not genetically engineered and we provide it from a naturally safe and reliable source.
Additionally, there are currently over 420 reviews for Night Time on HSN.com with a collective rating of 4.2 stars out of a perfect 5 stars, which means that more than 70% of those reviews are a perfect 5 stars and an amazing 80% are either 4 or a perfect 5 stars. That is not what you would expect from a product whose formula was so harshly, but falsely, criticized.
I hope that put anyone’s mind to rest regarding that ingredient and our mild Night Time formula.
Best of health,