Serotonin deficiency can have pervasive repercussions throughout the body. As a neurotransmitter, serotonin has a role in functions from sleep cycles to mood stabilization to food intake. Because it is not a nutrient, other factors determine the level of serotonin the body can produce. Nutritionally, these factors are precursors, or substances that eventually break down into serotonin once in the body. Tryptophan, the amino acid typically blamed for post-Thanksgiving naps, is one such precursor, though it must first break down into 5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP.
Because of the connection between tryptophan and serotonin, L-tryptophan is sometimes used as a supplement. However, the brain is not the only organ that utilizes tryptophan, so other tissues often grab up the supplemented amount before it can reach the brain. Additionally, it would have to cross the blood-brain barrier to even have an effect at all. By extracting 5-HTP directly from seeds of the griffonia plant, absorption and utilization is much more likely, helping the body to turn the supplement into serotonin and its associated benefits.
Improve your moods and get a restful sleep with MaxLiving Sleep + Mood Formula. Our supplement aids in the regulation of appetite, food intake, and melatonin production.† The MaxLiving formulation supports the normal production and regulation of serotonin, an important brain neurotransmitter associated with a balanced emotional state.†
This nutraceutical supports the nutritional focus of the 5 Essentials®.
The Maxliving Sleep & Mood Formula may aid in the regulation of appetite, mood, and melatonin production to help balance emotional state and the regulation of sleep patterns.†
|Amount||% Daily Value|
|L-5-HTP (L-5-hydroxytryptophan) (Griffonia simplicifolia) (seed)||75 mg||*|
|Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P)||7.5 mg||*|
|Proprietary Blend||50 mg||*|
*Daily Value not established
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As a dietary supplement, adults take 1 capsule daily or as directed by your qualified healthcare practitioner.
|Our supplement utilizes serotonin precursors derived naturally from the seed of the griffonia plant.||Supplements that provide L-tryptophan as a precursor are often synthetically derived.|
|As an intermediate substance between tryptophan and serotonin, 5-HTP can cross the blood-brain barrier more readily than tryptophan, without competing for preference.||Tryptophan is utilized by many body systems, which compete for its use when absorbed by the body.|
|To help convert 5-HTP into serotonin, vitamin B6 is included.||If not consumed with vitamin B6, 5-HTP may not be efficiently converted into serotonin.|
|When tryptophan breaks down to create serotonin, 5-hydroxytryptophan is an intermediate phase in the process. L-5-HTP is the supplement form of this phase of the process.|
|Pyridoxal-5-phosphate is the bioactive form of vitamin B6, included to help L-5HTP to convert into serotonin.|
|Tyrosine is an amino acid that is also found in food and plays a role in stress response, energy, and brain function.|
|L-Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid, the most abundant of the body’s building blocks for proteins.|
The body utilizes many substances to power its intricate processes. Some of these, such as minerals and vitamins, are found in dietary substances and used directly or broken down for further use. Some are manufactured within the body, and others can be both consumed and produced. Neurotransmitters tend to be created by the body, though dietary substances can be broken down for synthesis. Serotonin is one such neurotransmitter, which can be created by the body when tryptophan is broken down into 5-hydroxytryptophan and then metabolized into serotonin. As a supplement, 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP or L-5-HTP) can be taken to directly affect serotonin production.
Our Sleep + Mood Formula is a synergistic formula that works together to maximize serotonin production and support its benefits on the body. Pyroxidone-5-phosphate is the bioactive form of B6, which helps 5-HTP to convert into serotonin, and the supporting amino acid proprietary blend supports the focus, mood, and physiological effects that serotonin has. Serotonin is important for many neurological tasks, including mood stabilization, anxiety regulation, sleep quality, and food intake. By increasing serotonin production, these tasks can be accomplished more efficiently within the body. Because neurological function and stress are interconnected with all body systems, supporting serotonin levels can have a cascade effect throughout the body.
- Serotonin levels affect the sleep-wake cycle and sleep quality. Sleep + Mood Formula is formulated to improve serotonin levels as well as ease mood and stress levels that might impact sleep quality.
- Some patients with depression exhibit low levels of 5-HTP. As a supplementary and complementary protocol, supplementing with L-5-HTP may help to affect serotonin levels for the purpose of relieving symptoms of depression.
- Griffonia seed extract, which provides 5-HTP, has been shown to exhibit anti-anxiety benefits.This is in step with the benefits of serotonin production and the benefits of the proprietary blend in our formula.
- Our proprietary blend includes tyrosine, which has also been documented to have an effect on serotonin’s partner substance, dopamine. As a result, focus was improved and individuals were better able to switch between tasks.
- Serotonin also helps to regulate satiety and food intake, as an “emergency stop,” of sorts. Individuals who consumed a form of 5-HTP as a dietary supplement found that satiety was increased sooner, leading to more effective weight loss efforts.
- Glutamine, another proprietary blend ingredient, helps the body to break down fat and glucose for energy. These effects partner well with serotonin’s satiety effects, making Sleep + Mood Formula a complementary partner in weight loss efforts.
As with any dietary supplement, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, anticipating surgery, take medication on a regular basis or are otherwise under medical supervision.
Heat sensitive product: We recommend shipping to your daytime location to ensure quality during hot summer months. Once product is delivered, we advise to not leave this product out in the heat for an extended period of time.
This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advise, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Is this a sleeping pill?
Sleeping pills are traditionally thought of as helping the individual to quickly fall asleep. They typically are also associated with dependency and negative effects. Instead of superficially helping you sleep, Sleep + Mood Formula helps to resolve the underlying cause of poor sleep patterns and improve sleep quality and duration.
Can I take this alongside melatonin and other sleep aids?
Anytime you are taking medication or supplements regularly, you should consult with a physician or qualified healthcare provider before adding another substance. Each individual is different, and nutraceutical substances, dietary supplements, and herbs all interact in varied ways with each other and with medications.
Is this an appetite suppressant?
While serotonin levels can have an impact on the feeling of satiety and the intake of food, this supplement is not classified as an appetite suppressant. If you are already taking a supplement or medication for that purpose, speak with your physician to determine whether you can add Sleep + Mood Formula to your regimen.
Why is the dosage so low?
Because body systems do not compete for 5-HTP as they do for tryptophan, 5-HTP is more readily absorbed and utilized by the body. This allows for lower doses of 5-HTP than would be required of tryptophan. One 50mg dose of 5-HTP can be equivalent to nearly 500mg of a tryptophan supplement.
Can I get these substances in my diet?
While tryptophan, vitamin B6, and the proprietary blend can be obtained through the diet in small amounts, the way the body processes it is different than a supplement of 5-HTP. In supplement form, 5-HTP can be utilized by the body to convert directly into serotonin much more reliably and quantifiably than consuming tryptophan, which will be used elsewhere in the body before it is taken to the brain as serotonin.
Are there chemicals or toxins in this supplement?
No. While many tryptophan supplements are chemically synthesized, Sleep + Mood Formula utilizes the extract of the griffonia seed. Individuals can be confident that all MaxLiving supplements are free of toxins and chemicals. Unfamiliar ingredient names are often the names of the composition of a formula, but each substance is naturally derived or extracted.
Should I avoid alcohol or driving after taking this supplement?
Sleep + Mood Formula is formulated to be taken during the day, and you should not have any problems with drowsiness or impaired motor function or reaction time. However, if you feel unexpected side effects, use good judgment and avoid a dangerous situation; discontinue use and speak with a physician. Speak with a physician before consuming alcohol with any drug or supplement.
What else can I do to change my sleeping habits?
Sleep quality is connected with the body’s stress levels, whether mental, emotional or physiological. This is primarily why our Sleep + Mood Formula formula focuses on mental and neurological stability in order to benefit sleeping patterns. Minimizing stressful situations, creating a calming routine and atmosphere surrounding sleeping times, and pursuing a lifestyle of a well-rounded diet and exercise can help to improve sleep quality, as well.
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This is an absolute favorite of mine! Both my wife and I use this nightly. It helps us both fall asleep quickly and stay asleep without feeling groggy in the morning, in fact, you wake up feeling refreshed and awake and in a great mood! There have been nights I have forgotten to take it and was able to sleep well just not as soundly as when I do. It is not a habit-forming type of supplement. I absolutely would recommend this to anyone looking for a night of better sleep and wanting to wake up in a better mood!
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