Purpose: Anxiety & sleep relief - 5 HTP benefits
What Is 5-HTP?
5 HTP (also known as 5-Hydroxytryptophan) is sourced from the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia.
5 HTP Benefits
Thousands of people have reported 5 HTP benefits including sleep relief (including insomnia), anxiety and even obesity. 5-HTP works by boosting serotonin levels, which has led many to refer to the popular supplement as a 'happy pill'.
Research has shown that 5-HTP can help alleviate symptoms associated with fybromyalgia, including anxiety, stiffness and fatigue due to sleep relief. Fybromyalgia patients tend to have lower levels of serotonin, leading to doctors prescribing anti-depressants, however 5-HTP boosts serotonin levels in the brain, making it a good alternative for sufferers wanting to try an alternative to anti-depressants.
Because of its role to increase serotonin in the body, 5-HTP is also involved in producing melatonin, a hormone vital for a good nights sleep. This helps the body's internal clock stay in sync, regulating sleep cycles and rest time. A strong internal clock is essential for a healthy, restful sleep. Research suggests that 5-HTP can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep, creating great sleep relief for those that find it hard falling asleep at all.
Although there is very little research, 5-HTP has been known to curb cravings and reduce calorie intake in people using the capsule in a balanced diet and reduce weight in people classed as obese. A study was also published (the international journal of obesity and metabolic disorders in 1998) that showed significant weight loss results in people with type 2 diabetes.
5 HTP Side Effects
There are no reported side effects of using 5 HTP however before incorporating the supplement into your diet it is recommended that you seek medical advice if using for sleep relief or any other 5 HTP benefits in advance.