What is 5-HTP?Posted by Daniella Cippitelli on
5-HTP, or 5-hydroxytryptophan is produced from the seeds of an African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia. In the body, 5-HTP can be converted into serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can affect sleep, pain sensory, and appetite. Low serotonin levels can be associated with sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and weight gain.
Potential benefits of supplementing with 5-HTP
Due to its relationship to serotonin supplementing with 5-HTP can have several benefits.
1- May Help with Depression
Due to its increase on serotonin levels, 5-HTP may help with depression. Increased levels of this hormone can help regulate mood, alleviating some of the symptoms of depression. Always check with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements if you are being treated for depression, especially if you are taking prescription medications to be sure there are no interactions with your treatment.
2- May Help with Migraines
Some researchers believe that low serotonin levels may play a role in migraine headaches. Since 5-HTP may help elevate these levels, it is used to help prevent migraine attacks.
3- May Help Improve Sleep
Since 5-HTP produces serotonin, which can be converted into melatonin, it can potentially help improve sleep.
4- May Help with Weight Loss
5-HTP can help with weight loss due to its potential to increase feelings of fullness. This aids in suppressing appetite to help you lose weight.
Always look for quality supplements and check with your healthcare provider if you are on any prescription medications or have health issues. Our organic 5-HTP is all natural, vegan, non-GMO, and pesticide free.
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