I have posted my review of HappySense 5-HTP.
Dr. Oz lists 5-HTP as one of the best natural anti-depressants available. 5-HTP, otherwise known as 5-hyrdroxytryptophan, is an amino acid found in feel-good foods like turkey and banana. 5-HTP is what the body uses to make serotonin. The amount of serotonin in the body decides our moods. If you have a low level of serotonin then you might become depressed or anxious. For moderate to severe depression or anxiety, Doctors will prescribe SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors).
Thyro Support by AOR Review
L-Tyrosine 1000 mg
Iodine (Potassium Iodide) 500 mcg
Coleus forskohlii extract 250 mg
Bacopa monniera extract 300 mg
(50% bacosides A & B)
Copper (Malate) 500 mcg
Zinc (Citrate, Fumarate) 5 mg
Selenium (Selenomethionine) 55 mcg
Take one capsule three times a day with food or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner. Take a few hours before or after taking other medications. For use beyond 4 weeks, consult a health care practitioner
As reported by literature:
• Thyroid support
• Vegetarian Thyroid Support Formula
Pregnancy / Nursing
Do not use.
CAUTION: Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. May cause gastrointestinal disturbances such as epigastric burning sensation and nausea. Discontinue use if rash develops. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are following a low protein diet.
May cause hypotension, could increase thirst and urination. Persons with hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease, active melanoma, or those taking dopamine,
thyroid hormone medication and/or contraceptive medications should consult
with their physicians. Do not use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have Wilson’s disease.
I purchased Thyro Support because I felt fatigued. I’m Hypothyroid and at the time was taking 240 mcg of Synthroid per day. The health store that I went to suggested Thyro Support, because I said I needed something strong. I had tried ThyroSense previously and it did nothing for me.
While ThyroSense only contains 100 mg of L-Tyrosine, the main active ingredient, Thyro Support has 1000 mg of L-Tyrosine. On a past episode of his show, Dr. Oz recommended 1,500 mg of L-Tyrosine twice daily for a sluggish thyroid. Thyro Support recommends taking one capsule three times daily, for a total of 3,000 mg L-Tyrosine; the same amount that Dr. Oz recommended.
Thyro Support also contains 250 mg of Coleus forskohlii, also known as forskolin. Forskolin was listed on a recent episode of the Dr. Oz show as one of the best “Belly-Blasting Supplements”. According to Oz, researchers have found that forskolin can help break down stored fats in cells. Dr. Oz recommended 125 mg in the morning, and to use only “20% forskolin” as anything less would have a reduced impact on fat burning. Unfortunately, Thyro Support contains 10% forskolin. But perhaps when taking 750 mg per day, it will equal up to the 20% forskolin?
Thyo Support contains Bacopa monniera. From what I can gather, this is typically used to enhance memory. Then there is iodine, which is also recommended for a sluggish thyroid.
So, the top three ingredients in Thyro Support are things Dr. Oz has recommended for low thyroid function and weight loss. Sounds pretty sweet! However, there could be some unpleasant side effects as a result of taking Thyro Sense, such as low blood pressure; and people taking thyroid hormone should not try this.
Day 1 – Thyro Support
I felt energized all day. I have dry mouth, but other than that there have been no unpleasant side effects.
Weight Loss: 2 Pounds
Some potentially good news… Thyro Support might actually be working! The recommended dosage is 3 pills with meals per day. I started on just one pill because of possible side effects or drug interactions, since I take dessicated thyroid as well. Now I’m up to 2 pills, one in the morning as soon as I wake up, and one in the late afternoon, around 4:00 PM.
So far I have definitely had increased wakefulness. I won’t say “increased energy” because it’s a long weekend here in Canada, and I’ve spent most of it lazing around, watching TV, and eating. But I haven’t been falling asleep on the couch like I normally would be. I do start getting a bit drowsy in the late afternoon, but the second pill seems to be conquering that.
As you can see above, I’ve lost two pounds. This is nothing short of a miracle, since I have done nothing but pig out for 3 days straight now. I mean non-stop snacking on donuts, chips & dip and popcorn; with meals consisting of corned beef sandwiches, garlic bread, and pizza. Nothing short of binging really. So the fact that I have energy and have not gained 10 pounds, is amazing.
Weight Loss: 2 Pounds
Total Weight Loss: 4 Pounds
So far I’m truly impressed with Thyro Support. I’m still at two pills per day, and plan to kick it up to the full three pill dosage, but I’m going to wait a couple more days.
My energy level has been great. I’m really not sleepy at all until bed time. I’ve had no insomnia either. It feels good not be one of the walking dead. As if that’s not great in itself, I’ve also lost another two pounds. I haven’t changed my eating habits at all, still eating the same old trash. Loads of carbs and sweets. If this “free” weight loss keeps up, I may even be motivated to *gasp* eat a little better!
Weight Loss: 0 Pounds
Total Weight Loss: 4 Pounds
No further weight loss on the Thyro Support, but it’s definitely keeping me perky. If I miss my afternoon pill, I feel tired enough to take a nap, just like before I started taking Thyro Support. So, taking the recommended dosage is important if you want to remain alert all day. It’s not like a “caffeine buzz”, I just feel awake.
No negative side effects.
I’ve had nothing to report. The Thyro Support continues to work, providing me with a much-needed wakefulness. Unfortunately, Thyro Support did not help me lose weight, which is one of its selling points.
For me, Thyro Sense has worked very well. I have never experienced any negative side effects. The energy boost is terrific, and does not make me feel nervous or jittery. It’s not like a “caffeine buzz”, it’s just a natural feeling of wakefulness. I would recommend Thyro Sense to anyone with a sluggish thyroid that needs a boost in energy. I can’t, however, recommend it as a weight loss supplement, as it did not help me to lose weight.
Thyro Sense is affordable and available and health food stores.
WomenSense ThyroSense Review
Supports optimal thyroid heatlh
• Supports those with low thyroid
• Enhances conversion of T4 to T3
• Improves weight loss
• Increases energy
• Improves metabolism
• Reduces temperature sensitivity
• Reduces fatigue
EACH 2 CAPSULES CONTAIN
L-Tyrosine ……………………………………………… 500 mg
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Extract ……… 150 mg
(1.5% Withanolides) (5:1 from 750 mg Ashwagandha)
Guggul (Commiphora mukul) Extract ………… 120 mg
(2.5% Guggulsterones) (3:1 from 360 mg Guggul)
Pantothenic Acid (Calcium d-pantothenate) ……… 100 mg
Copper (Gluconate) ………………………………… 500 mcg
Manganese (Citrate) ………………………………… 500 mcg
Iodine (Potassium Iodide) ………………………… 100 mcg
2 capsules with breakfast or as directed by a health care
While I was on Synthroid, I felt sluggish and generally unwell much of the time. I was taking 240 mcg of Synthroid, but still felt like I needed an added boost. I decided to try ThyroSense.
If you look at the ingredients above, you’ll notice the first one is L-Tyrosine. Some of the things people take Tyrosine for include improving alertness and reducing stress and depression.
Dr. Oz has also suggested that Tyrosine can help with Hypothyroidism, when used as an alternative to prescription medicines. The suggested dosage was extremely high, it was something like 1500mg twice a day; no where near the amount of Tyrosine contained in ThyroSense.
The next ingredient is Ashwagandha, an herb that is said to be beneficial for stabilizing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, reducing stress and depression and improving memory. According to Wikipedia, there is some indication that this supplement can cause Hyperthyroidism.
Guggul is the third ingredient, with uses pointing to treating acne and lowering cholesterol. There is very little evidence to show that Guggul can have any affect on weight, even when combined with Tyrosine.
Iodine is also in the list, and of course, those with a sluggish thyroid can benefit from iodine. On a recent episode of Dr. Oz, he recommended seasoning your food with iodized salt if you think you have a sluggish thyroid. This is by no means a cure for anyone diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.
The active ingredients in ThyroSense are measured in a very weak dose. When I took ThyroSense I noticed no change at all. I did not have more energy, I did not lose any weight. However, since I am Hypothyroid and do not just have a “sluggish thyroid”, the chances of this supplement working were probably not very high. I have heard of success when taking a larger dose of Tyrosine, but this particular supplement probably won’t benefit anyone with more than an extremely minor issue.
Please note that if you have Hypothyroidism or Graves Disease and currently taking prescription drugs, taking Tyrosine in larger doses can cause you to become Hyperthyroid.
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I’ve been on Thyroid-S for two months now, and couldn’t be happier with it. I’ve had hypothyroidism for about 20 years after Grave’s Disease and a shot of radioactive iodine. I was on 250 mcg of Synthroid. My Endocrinologist tested me yearly for TSH levels. Year after year I didn’t feel “right”, but I was a good lemming and took my Synthroid without question.
I ordered Thyroid-S, it took about 3 weeks to deliver to Canada. When I received it I promptly overdosed in a stupid attempt to feel better fast. Had a blood test after 3 weeks on it, and was hyperthyroid (I was taking up to 8 pills x 60mg per day). I started over taking one 60mg in the morning and one in the evening. Felt great for about two weeks then started feeling a bit tired. I raised the dose to 2 pills in the morning and one in the evening and have not felt this good in 20 years.
I would recommend using a pill crusher with Thyroid-S, as it has a hard coating and crushing may help with faster absorption.
UPDATE: Since writing my original review, I have placed and received two more orders of Thyroid-S. The orders arrived quickly (within 2 weeks). I have been taking Thyroid-S for a couple of months now and couldn’t be happier with it.
UPDATE September 29, 2012: I have been on Thyroid-S for 5 months now, and I’m still extremely happy with the product. I can’t imagine going back on Synthroid. Since my last update, my hair has completely stopped falling out; it feels much stronger and is starting to feel thicker as well. The 20 years that I was on Synthroid, the only thing that was keeping me from going bald was Minoxidil 5%. Now Thyroid-S seems to be taking over that duty!
Thyroid-S Review Score
I have posted about my experience with dessicated thyroid. It took 20 years to find out that Synthroid was not the only option. Natural Dessicated Thyroid is not easy to come by, in fact, I got mine from a veterinarian. /Gasp. Strange, but true.
Not a huge update, but I added an entry for today to my 5-HTP Journal. As I mention in the journal, I have been experiencing a fair bit of nausea while taking 5-HTP. As a result, I’m going to skip taking it tomorrow to be sure that it is the 5-HTP that is making me feel sick, and not something else such as the Vitamin B Complex I am taking.
Best-selling author, Dr. Fuhrman, hit up The Dr. Oz Show this week to talk about how a high-nutrient eating style leads to dramatic weight loss, health and longevity. Dr. Fuhrman refers to these superfoods as “G-Bombs”, and tells us that they are foods which protect our cells and tissues, plus guide our bodies to an idea weight, without feeling deprived or hungry.
The way we currently eat leads to “toxic hunger”, which results in a vicious cycle of adding more calories to our bodies. So, what are G-BOMBS?
G-BOMBS are foods with anti-fat storage and anti-cancer effects; they protect against fat storage and abnormal tissue growth.
How G-BOMBS Benefit Us
Green are nutrient dense, contain about 100 calories per pound, and can be consumed as often as you like. Beans, lentils and legumes are digested slowly and stabilize blood sugar, thus reducing hunger and cravings. Onions, leeks, garlic, shallots, chives and scallions are great for the cardiovascular and immune systems. Mushrooms are cancer fighters, and can also inhibit fat storage. Berries (blueberries, strawberries and blackberries) are the best superfoods out there, with a record of reducing the risk of diabetes and cancer. Berries also have angiogenesis, which helps reduce body fat. Finally, nuts and seeds provide the body with healthy fat, plus have cardiovascular benefits, help reduce cholesterol, and help to keep the brain in tip-top condition.
Sounds excellent. I think I’ll wait for the list that contains Big Macs!
I have been experimenting with 5-HTP for anxiety, and my new diary is up! In addition to being used for depression, anxiety and insomnia, 5-HTP is also said to be beneficial for weight loss. I think I have figured out the reason that some say this supplement can help bust flab. Read all about it in my 5-HTP experiment diary.
5-HTP has been touted by Dr. Oz as one of the best natural supplements for depression and anxiety.