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.