We really liked that Nature’s Wellness Natural Sleep Aid for Adults had all the recommended nutrients like Magnesium, Theanine, and Melatonin. It also had all the recommended herbs. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, what this formula added to raised some concern: 5-HTP.
Many sleep supplements contain the ingredient 5-HTP which is used by the body to create serotonin. By boosting serotonin, it can help some sleep better, but it can also cause some very unpleasant side-effects. According to the natural medicine journal, 5-HTP can cause the following:
“5-HTP may cause abdominal pain, absence of menstrual bleeding, agitation, aggressiveness, anorexia, anxiety, depressed mood, diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, ear buzzing... irritability, loss of inhibition, lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, mania, muscle pain or weakness or breakdown, nausea, pacing, palpitations, psychic hyperkinetic syndrome, rapid speech, restlessness, seizure, scleroderma-like symptoms, sleep changes, slowed heart rate, sodium retention, strong muscle contractions, sweating, taste changes, vertigo, vivid dreams, vomiting, or weight gain.” Source
And for those taking anti-depressants, it can lead to an extremely dangerous condition known as ‘serotonin syndrome’. For that reason, we do not recommend products with 5-HTP unless you’ve spoken to a health professional.
Because this formula is not a liquid, does not have 24-hour customer service, and because they included the ingredient 5-HTP, we gave this formula our #2 spot.
Magnesium, L-Theanine, Lemon Balm, Passion Flower, Hops, Chamomile, GABA, 5-HTP, Melatonin, L-Tryptophan, Valerian, Silica