What is 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)?
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid and a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates
cognition, appetite, and sleep. The body uses tryptophan to synthesize 5-HTP, which then converts to
However, chronic stress, hormones, and imbalanced gut microbes can reduce serotonin production. Low
levels can cause a multitude of health problems, including weight gain, problems sleeping, emotional unease,
Taking 5-HTP supplements can help bridge the gap when external factors reduce serotonin production. The
the Griffonia simplicifolia shrub are the primary dietary source of 5-HTP and can contain up to 20%
by weight. 5-HTP supplements offer the benefits of Griffonia simplicifolia with more reliable
individuals have control over the dosage.
Potential 5-HTP Benefits
5-HTP and Appetite
Many individuals notice an uptick in hunger when they first begin dieting. However, a reduced calorie intake
solely to blame. The body responds to a restricted calorie intake by producing hormones that increase hunger
drive food-seeking behavior. 5-HTP supplements help offset this by counteracting hunger, reducing calorie
and improving satiety.
5-HTP and GABA
promotes relaxation and
with 5-HTP to improve both supplements’ sleep-enhancing benefits.
5-HTP for Sleep
5-HTP supplements may facilitate better sleep by boosting serotonin levels, which then convert to melatonin.
study noted 5-HTP’s effects on sleep dramatically improved when paired with
GABA. The combination of 5-HTP and
helped reduce sleep latency, enhance sleep quality, and increase sleep duration.
Other 5-HTP Uses
Imbalanced serotonin can cause emotional distress and low moods. 5-HTP supplement may improve mood by
serotonin levels. It may also reduce the negative effects of romantic and emotional stress.
Potential 5-HTP Side Effects
5-HTP supplements may cause digestive side effects, including heartburn, nausea, upset stomach, or diarrhea.
Individuals can reduce the likelihood of 5-HTP side effects by splitting their dose and taking it twice per
instead of one larger dose. Individuals taking MAOIs, SSRIs, or other tryptophan supplements should not take
supplements, as they also increase serotonin levels. Individuals should always consult with a physician
taking new supplements.
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