Vitbox - 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)


Please read the 'warnings' paragraph below before purchasing. 

5-HTP, or 5-Hydroxytryptophan, is a naturally occurring amino acid used by the body in the synthesis of serotonin. Serotonin is known as the body’s ‘feel good’ chemical.

As a supplement, 5-HTP has been shown to be well absorbed and readily converted into serotonin in the brain. Taking it as a supplement has been shown to have an effect on:

  • Weight loss: Studies have shown 5-HTP may increase feelings of fullness by counteracting hormones that increase appetite.
  • Depression: Many studies have shown positive results for 5-HTP in the treatment of depression, but further research is needed to support this.
  • Headaches and migraines: 5-HTP has been shown to be an effective treatment to lessen the intensity of migraines. Low serotonin levels are thought to be a potential cause of migraines.
  • Sleep aid: Serotonin can be converted to melatonin - a hormone involved in regulating sleep. Various studies have shown 5-HTP as an effective treatment for insomnia.



There are potential negative interactions with 5-HTP and some sleep aid/antidepressant medications, so consult your doctor before taking 5-HTP if you take other medications. Some people may react more strongly to 5-HTP, so try 1 a day of a low dose first, and if you don't experience any side effects for a few days, then you can try upping the dose. Please consult your doctor if you are unsure, as vitbox cannot be held accountable for any side effects experienced.


To read our full article about 5-Hydroxytryptophan and to see our sources, click here.

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