5-HTP (L-5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a naturally occurring metabolite of the essential amino acid tryptophan. 5-HTP is derived from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia. 5-HTP is converted to serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Studies suggest that 5-HTP may positively affect mental and emotional well-being, sleep cycle, and appetite regulation. 5-HTP has become a popular natural alternative to pharmaceutical antidepressants, but unlike SSRIs and other prescriptions that work on serotonin levels, 5-HTP does not cause unpleasant side effects or create dependence.
5-HTP is also a precursor of melatonin, the hormone that regulates the body's circadian rhythm and helps with sleep. Because normal levels of serotonin promote the feeling of satiety after a meal, 5-HTP can also help control appetite and reduce carbohydrate cravings. 5-HTP is also helpful in the management of chronic pain and fatigue and for reducing recurrent migraines and headache symptoms.
5 HTP Benefits
Â· Enhances mood
Â· Helps to relieve insomnia
Â· Improves quality of sleep
Â· Suppresses appetite and food cravings
Â· Reduces migraines and headaches
Â· Helps to relieve chronic pain
Â· Does not create dependence