5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)

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What is 5-HTP?

5-HTP or 5-Hydroxytryptophan is derived from the essential amino acid, Tryptophan. As a dietary supplement, 5-HTP is made from the seeds of an African plant called Griffonia simplicifolia. Tryptophan and 5-HTP are precursors to the production of serotonin, a chemical in the brain that has a direct correlation to one’s mood and behavior by relaying signals between brain cells. 5-HTP supplements may have positive effects on sleep, anxiety and appetite. [1]

5-HTP Benefits

By increasing serotonin levels, research suggests that this supplement has a beneficial impact on mood by combatting high levels of stress and anxiety. 5-HTP has also been indicated to increase sleep quality, relieve headaches and migraines, reduce the frequency and severity of panic attacks, and to ease unipolar depression. [2, 3, 4]

5-HTP packs a 1-2 punch and can also be used as a weight loss aid. Research shows that 5-HTP supplements are able to suppress the appetites of adults. As this supplement decreases stress levels, it also decreases cortisol levels, the stress hormone known for increasing appetite. [5]

5-HTP Side Effects

It is recommended to start with a lower dosage of 5-HTP to account for a build in tolerance. High dosages of this supplement can result nausea.

5-HTP Dosage

As per the label of this product, the recommended daily dose of 5-HTP is two level .15cc scoops (100mg) daily.

Sources

  1. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/5hydroxytryptophan-5htp
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11869656
  3. http://www.neurology.org
  4. http://www.sciencedirect.com
  5. http://www.webmd.com/diet/can-stress-cause-weight-gain
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