5-HTP raises serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the key to regulating mood. The higher the levels of serotonin, the happier you feel. Serotonin is a brain chemical involved in mood (depression and anxiety), sleep (insomnia), pain sensation, and weight loss.
- Helps you feel happier by raising serotonin levels in the brain.
- Decreases depression and anxiety by raising serotonin, which regulates moods.
- Promotes sleep through the increased production of melatonin.
- Supports weight loss by increasing serotonin and decreasing hunger so you feel fuller.
What is 5-HTP?
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid found naturally in the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia, a medicinal plant native to West Africa. It cannot be obtained through food and has been used clinically for at least three decades.
5-HTP is a direct precursor to the synthesis of serotonin, an important brain chemical that is involved in sleep, mood, anxiety, aggression, appetite, body temperate control and pain sensation.
Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for conditions where serotonin is believed to play an important role:
Depression and anxiety: 5-HTP raises serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the key to regulating moods.
Insomnia: 5-HTP is found to be effective in promoting sleep because it promotes the release of the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep.
Fibromyalgia: Studies suggest that 5-HTP can improve the pain from primary Fibromyalgia.
Headaches: Studies demonstrate that taking a serotonin precursor such as 5-HTP is an effective way to treat tension-type and migraine headaches.
Weight Loss: As serotonin levels increase, hunger diminishes and people feel satisfied and full more quickly.