5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP )is a herbal supplement, derived from the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia. It is a naturally occurring amino acid that is the intermediate step between tryptophan and serotonin. 5-HTP safely and effectively boosts serotonin levels and may offer benefit in conditions linked to low serotonin levels. In today’s busy world, low serotonin levels are becoming more common due to peoples increased stress, anxiety and poor diet. Serotonin is involved in the regulation of several processes within the brain including, depression, mood, emotions, sleep, appetite, anxiety, and memory.
5-HTP has been used therapeutically for a wide range of conditions related to low serotonin levels in the brain. It is known to be the precursor (gets converted) to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Neurotransmitters are messenger molecules used by the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body. Serotonin plays a major role in the regulation of important bodily functions like appetite, sleep and mood. 5-HTP also helps to relieve headaches, migraines and symptoms of fibromyalgia.