Can a natural appetite suppressant really work to help you lose weight safely and effectively? On his Jan. 31 show, Dr. Mehmet Oz focused on the best natural appetite suppressants for controlling your hunger and helping you shed pounds more easily. Ready to watch the scale finally move in the right direction? Get the skinny here.
Naturally produced, 5-HTP can reduce your hunger and even help with conditions ranging from depression to fibromyalgia. Your body makes 5-HTP naturally from tryptophan. After converting it into serotonin, your body benefits by boosting your mood while curbing your cravings. Dr. Oz noted that some women consumed fewer carbohydrates after taking 5-HTP during a recent study.What to seek and do if you want to try it:
- Check the bottle to see that it contains pure 5-HTP or griffonia simplicifolia extract.
- Steer clear of fillers, binders or additives.
- Begin with small doses, such as 50 mg three times daily. Consume it 20 to 30 minutes before each meal. Not working? Check with your doctor before increasing and give it a few weeks to kick in.
- In addition, before taking it, make sure to check with your physician to make sure there are no other medications that you might be taking that may increase your serotonin levels in a negative way.Although it's safe for short-term use (up to 12 weeks), talk to your doctor if you have gastrointestinal problems, are currently taking antidepressants or getting help for severe depression. In addition, do not take it if you are pregnant.