What is 5-HTP?
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid found naturally in the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia, a medicinal plant native to West Africa. It cannot be obtained through food and has been used and researched clinically for three decades. 5-HTP is a direct precursor to the synthesis of serotonin, an important brain chemical that is involved in sleep, mood, anxiety, aggression, appetite, body temperate control and pain sensation.
Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for conditions where serotonin is believed to play an important role:
As serotonin levels increase, hunger diminishes and one can feel satiated (feel full quicker). This helped people adhere to dietary recommendations, even with severe caloric restrictions.Insomnia. It has been found to be effective in promoting sleep because it promotes the release of the hormone melatonin –which regulates sleep.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic musculoskeletal pain, morning stiffness, fatigue and sleep disturbances caused by low serotonin levels. It is estimated that 4% of the general population is affected by Fibromyalgia.
Depression and Anxiety
The most common and widely studied use of 5-HTP supplements is for the symptoms of depression. 5-HTP raises serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the key to regulating moods: the higher the levels, the happier one can feel.
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