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5-HTP – Nature’s Anti-Depressant

What is 5-HTP?
The Griffonia Extract is rich in 5-HydroxyTryptophan (5-HTP), which comes from an African vegetable, the Griffonia simplicifolia seed, and contains 30% 5–HTP. 5-HTP is an amino acid that is a direct precursor of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter having pain soothing and relaxing effects. 5-HTP is not present in significant amounts in a typical diet. The human body manufactures 5-HTP from L-tryptophan, a natural amino acid found in most dietary proteins. However, eating food that contains L-tryptophan does not significantly increase 5-HTP levels.

5-HTP and Serotonin
5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin. It improves mood, anxiety and is beneficial in weight loss. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that is the intermediate step between tryptophan and the important brain chemical serotonin. There is a massive amount of evidence that suggests that low serotonin levels are a common consequence of modern living. The lifestyle and dietary practices of many people living in this stress-filled era results in lowered levels of serotonin within the brain.

5-HTP and Carb Cravings
Researchers believe that inadequate serotonin levels are in part responsible for the desire to overeat. Not surprisingly, obese individuals who crave carbohydrates usually show abnormally low levels of serotonin. Taking a 5-HTP supplement half an hour before a meal can ” turn off” cravings and hunger pangs by feeding the brains carbohydrate satiety center. In this way 5-HTP can be a great asset as part of a weight-loss regime.

5-HTP and Addiction
The use of many addictive substances, such as tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and certain narcotics, elevates serotonin levels. When these substances are eliminated, serotonin levels drop drastically, causing anxiety and cravings. Taking 5-HTP can stabilize serotonin levels and help minimize the symptoms of withdrawal.

5-HTP and PMS
PMS sufferers report pain relief, as well as decreased irritability and mood swings from using 5-HTP. The supplement works by countering the hormone-induced decrease in serotonin levels that occur naturally during menstruation.

5-HTP and Sleep
Because of its calming effect, many rely on 5-HTP to alleviate stress-attacks, as well as to encourage restful sleep. Unlike sedative drugs, 5-HTP is not associated with unwanted side effects, such as disturbed sleep patterns or grogginess. It can be taken regularly one hour before retiring as a remedy for insomnia.

Side Effects
Very high intakes of 5-HTP have caused muscle jerks in guinea pigs and both muscle jerks and diarrhea in mice. Injected 5-HTP has also caused kidney damage in rats. To date, these problems have not been reported in humans. “Serotonin syndrome,” a serious but uncommon condition caused by excessive amounts of serotonin, has not been reported to result from supplementation with 5-HTP; in theory it could be triggered by the supplement. However, the level of intake at which this toxic effect might potentially occur remains unknown.

Warnings
5-HTP should not be taken with antidepressants, weight-control drugs, other serotonin-modifying agents, or substances known to cause liver damage, because in these cases 5-HTP may have excessive effects. People with liver disease may not be able to regulate 5-HTP adequately and those suffering from autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma may be more sensitive than others, to 5-HTP. These people should not take 5-HTP without consulting a knowledgeable healthcare professional. The safety of taking 5-HTP during pregnancy and breast-feeding is not known at this time.
Conditions with low serotonin levels helped by 5-HTP:
• Depression
• Obesity
• Carbohydrate craving
• Bulimia
• Insomnia
• Narcolepsy
• Sleep apnea
• Migraine headaches
• Tension headaches
• Chronic daily headaches
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Fibromyalgia

Lichi Super Fruit Diet

Lichi Super Fruit Diet – Lichi Fruit For Weight Loss

Lichi

Lichi Fruit

The Lichi is an Asian fruit, originally from southern China. Commonly called Litchi, Lychee, Lychees and Lychee Fruit.
With a large amount of vitamin C, the lichi is fully capable to convert body fat into energy.

It also contains an adequate amount of calories that supports the buildup of muscles for more energetic and dynamic movement, which is a general feature of a faster metabolism.

When your metabolism is fast, you get to burn more fat than normal that’s why the Lichi Super Fruit Diet is on of the favorite among costumers.

Recently, a group of Japanese researchers at Hokkaido University published research in the Journal of Functional Foods, highlighting the potential of lichi to reduce significantly abdominal fat.

  • It is a sweet, easy to eat with a high water content that causing the Lichi amount of calories is not very high and can be used in dieting and to maintain the line.
  • It has seeds and pulp fiber that make it suitable for use as a natural laxative. In addition, its low fat content makes that lichi can be used in slimming diets.
  • Because its exotic appearance and floral scent that emerges when consumed lichi captures the palate of any individual who wishes to take something sweet, with the advantage of having  few calories and low fat while keeping its high nutritional value.
  • By having low fat content, no cholesterol and be an excellent source of vitamin C, that acts as an inhibitor for the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL), preventing it from being deposited on blood vessel walls, make this fruit an ideal nutrient for use in cases of hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and cardiovascular risk.
  • Because of its high content of vitamin C is especially recommended for those with increased risk of deficiency in this vitamin, either by not tolerate citrus fruits, peppers or other vegetables that are sources of the vitamin C or have the needs of its increase , which occurs in periods of growth, pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc. Therefore lichi is suitable to take it in stages of growth, pregnancy and lactation.

Other life situations also require an extra dose of vitamin C, we refer to the case of alcohol abuse, smoking, use of certain drugs, stress and diminished defenses, intense physical activity, cancer, AIDS and certain digestive diseases, which makes lichi a helpful fruit to be consumed by people with cancer, aids, athletes, digestive disorders, low defense, stress, smoking.

We must not forget that vitamin C is involved in the formation of collagen, bones and teeth, red globules and favors the absorption of iron from food and resistance to infection.

  • By providing folic acid, the lichi is very advisable for pregnant women, because a deficiency of this vitamin in early pregnancy may cause various neuronal defects (anencephaly, spina bifida).
  • In regard to its mineral content, the Lichi fruit is known for its contribution in potassium, which is necessary for the generation and transmission of nerve impulses, for normal muscle activity and is involved in water balance inside and outside the cell. Additionally intervenes in the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates.
  • It is a source of magnesium, which is related to the functioning of the bowel, nerves and muscles, is part of the bones and teeth, boosts immunity and has a mild laxative effect.
  • Lichi also provides calcium which is essential for maintenance of bones, growth in general, structural features and is involved in nervous system functions.

Nutritional information per 100g of fresh Lichi (Litchi, Lychee)  fruit

(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)

Principle Nutrient           Value               % of RDA
Energy                               66 Kcal                  3.3 %
Carbohydrates                16.53 g                12.7 %
Protein                                0.61 g                     1 %
Total Fat                             0.44 g                     2 %
Cholesterol                          0 mg                     0 %
Dietary Fiber                        1.3 g                 3.5 %  for more nutritional information click here

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