5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a safe, naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor to neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan.
In layman’s terms the body uses 5-HTP to produce Serotonin and through supplementation, the levels of serotonin in the brain can be boosted.
Also known as oxitriptan, 5-HTP is a popular ingredient used in relaxation, sleep and mood enhancing supplements and can also be used for appetite suppression to aid with weight loss.
Serotonin levels are thought to be a major contributor to overall mood, with some researchers speculating that imbalance in serotonin levels may influence your mood in a way that may lead to depression. Boosting the levels of serotonin will help improve overall mood and may combat the common symptoms of depression.
Serotonin can be converted into the hormone melatonin which plays an important part in regulating sleep, with levels rising before you sleep and decreasing before you wake in the morning. 5-HTP may help with falling asleep, duration and improve the quality of the sleep.
It is advised that 5-HTP should not be taken by people on SSRIs or other types of antidepressants.