Serotonin: What is it and How Can it Help with Weight Loss?

Can a single supplement really help you look, feel, and sleep better?

Weight loss is about more than just looking good – it’s about feeling good, too! Give your body the supplements it needs to be balanced and well. Dr. Garcia’s program offers condition specific supplements including 5-HTP, a Brain Serotonin Precursor, which can help you achieve both physical and mental results.

Serotonin, an important brain neurotransmitter, is a key in the regulation of appetite, mood, and melatonin production, all of which can help -or hinder – your weight loss efforts.

How does it work?
Serotonin helps control body temperature and breathing, according to the National Institutes of Health. Serotonin, which is synthesized in the brain, is unable to cross the blood-brain barrier. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, crosses the blood-brain barrier and is converted to L-5- Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which in turn is converted into serotonin.

Why 5-HTP?
As part of the process in the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin, 5-HTP can also serve as a precursor of serotonin. 5-HTP is unique, in that it offers a number of advantages over tryptophan: 5-HTP is derived naturally from the seeds of the Griffonia plant, unlike tryptophan which is produced synthetically or through bacterial fermentation. Additionally, 5-HTP crosses into the brain more readily than tryptophan.

Also, 5-HTP is significantly more effective than tryptophan. One 50 mg capsule of 5-HTP is roughly equivalent to 500 mg of tryptophan. Finally, research studies have shown 5-HTP to be safe at levels as high as 900 mg. As a result, 5-HTP is a safe and effective means of increasing brain serotonin levels.

What are the benefits?
The presence of serotonin not only creates a balanced emotional state, but it also helps to ensure you are getting enough sleep. The best part? Serotonin acts as a satiety signal in the brain, meaning it naturally regulates food intake.

Learn more about serotonin and supplements at the Garcia Weight Loss and Wellness Program website! Schedule a free consultation now to find the weight loss solution that works for you.

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