5 Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP)

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What does 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) do?

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.

Tryptophan and 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.

5-HTP and Mood Regulation

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

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

5-HTP and Pain Relief

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

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

5-HTP helps with 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


None known.


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