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5 Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP)

Posted by Mark Hamilton on

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)

5-HTP is a chemical that the body makes from tryptophan, an essential amino acid. After tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, the chemical is then changed directly into serotonin.

Appetite Control

• 5-HTP has been shown to have a potentially supportive effect in weight loss due to its role in increasing the feeling of satiety.1

Mood Regulation

  • 5-HTP is a precursor for serotonin and thus in theory may be supportive for improving mood.2

  • 5-HTP has been shown to be more effective in reducing depression than its precursor tryptophan.3

    Pain Relief

  • Chronic headache pain has been suggested to be alleviated by the use of 5-HTP.4,5

  • It has also been shown that people with fibromyalgia have seen positive effects when using 5-HTP.6

    Sleep Promoting

5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin which is converted to melatonin which promotes the sleep-wake cycle.7

May be Supportive for:

Weight management 

Eating disorders OCD Fibromyalgia

 

Mild/moderate depression Insomnia


Migraines and headaches

CONTRAINDICATIONS/DRUG INTERACTIONS:

None known.

 

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