5HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid that your body naturally produces.
Your body uses it to produce serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between your nerve cells. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight gain and other health problems. Therefore, increasing your body’s production of serotonin may have various benefits. For this reason, serotonin-producing 5-HTP supplements have become increasingly popular.
- Can Promote Sleep by Increasing Your Melatonin Production
- Helps With Depression by Increasing Serotonin Levels
- Could Help Reduce Migraine Frequency
- Improved Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
How does 5HTP work?
5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behavior, and pain sensation. Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an important role including depression, insomnia, obesity, and many other conditions.
According to WebMD, 5HTP is possibly effective for Depression
Some clinical research shows that taking 5-HTP by mouth improves symptoms of depression. Several studies have found that doses of 150-3000 mg daily for 2-4 weeks can improve symptoms of depression. Some early research shows that 5-HTP might be as beneficial as conventional antidepressant therapy for some people.
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