Top 25 Supplements in 2004

1. Policosanol

2. Bone Meal

3. Wheat Germ

4. Lycopene

5. Essential Fatty Acids

6. Liver

7. Lutein

8. Green tea

9. Black cohosh root

10. Silicea

11. Pau d’arco

12. Coenzyme Q10

13. SAM-e

14. Royal Jelly

15. Alpha-Lipoic Acid

16. Potassium

17. Elderberry

18. Horny goat weed

19. Spirulina

20. Chlorophyll

21. 5-HTP

22. Magnesium

23. Calcium

24. Cranberry

25. Evening primrose

United States' Top 25 Nutritional Supplements

21. 5-HTP

In 2003, 5-hydroxytryptophan increased its sales by 12.4 percent. James South writes in “5-hydroxytryptophan: The Serotonin Solution,” in Nutritional News, 5-HTP is a breakdown of the amino acid tryptophan, which is found in most protein foods. It is a precursor to serotonin (5-HT) and is used to treat depression, insomnia and fibromyalgia, according to Vitamin Research Products Inc. 5-HTP is not chemically synthesized like other anti-depression drugs but is derived from the seeds of the griffonia plant. A symptom of low serotonin levels is carbohydrate cravings; eating carbohydrates has been shown to increase serotonin production in the body. Once serotonin levels are raised, the cravings subside. Almada predicts that 5-HTP, like potassium, will fit into a low-carb lifestyle. “When 5-HTP was first introduced, it was hailed as being the natural Prozac and a stimulant-free weight-loss agent,” he says. “With the popularity of low-carb diets right now, 5-HTP could see a rebirth as a diet aid.”

American Top 25: Supplements Climbing the Charts by Vicky Uhland, Kristen Lewis, Christine Spehar.  July, 2004. Natural Foods Merchandiser


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