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What is 5-HTP?

Posted by Daniella Cippitelli on
What is 5-HTP?

You have probably seen or heard of 5-HTP, but do you know what it is? 5- Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a chemical made by the body from tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid you get from the food you eat. The tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, which is then converted to serotonin. Serotonin carries signals between nerve cells in the brain; therefore, it can help with sleep and is helpful against negative moods and feelings. This dietary supplement is made from seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifonia.

Now that you know the basic science of what 5-HTP does let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this supplement.


Health Benefits

5-HTP is said to have many health benefits for its users, including:

  • Help with Migraines
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia


Help with Migraines

Some research suggests that 5-HTP may prevent migraines and reduce their severity, and there is also some evidence it may reduce the frequency as well.



5-HTP has been studied for its ability to aid in easing depression. Due to its serotonin-increasing capabilities, researchers have been studying 5-HTP as an aid in therapy for depression. (We urge you to seek professional medical help if you have feelings of suicide or harming yourself or others.) Much more research is needed to determine its limits in helping to treat depression.



It is believed that taking 5-HTP supplements can aid in naturally reducing anxiety. Lack of serotonin likely plays a role in some forms of anxiety, though more studies are needed to prove 5-HTP as a strategy for lowering more aggressive anxiety.



Serotonin is converted into melatonin. This hormone is needed in the body to help regulate regular sleep-wake cycles. 5-HTP may help normalize sleep patterns by aiding in the increase of melatonin.


Don’t forget there could be side effects to using any dietary supplement. Common side effects of using 5-HTP include diarrhea, dizziness, and upset stomach. Always seek the advice of your healthcare professional before starting any supplementation routine, especially if you are on prescription medication.

Naturity organic 5-HTP is a great natural dietary supplement for all around help to regulate mood and sleep patterns along with a well-balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Our supplements are made using the highest standards and highest quality raw materials.

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