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5-HTP

5-Hydroxy L-Tryptophan (5-HTP) is naturally made in the body from its precursor amino acid tryptophan. This amino acid is a building block of protein sources and is found at higher levels in foods such as turkey, chicken, eggs, pumpkin and sesame seeds. 5-HTP is the converted form of this amino acid and is transferred through neurotransmitter pathways to both serotonin and melatonin. These are both responsible for our mood and our sleep respectively alongside other important roles in the body such as immune surveillance.


For 5-HTP to be effective (and indeed its precursor tryptophan), it requires some other nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin B6 to be present for these pathways to work efficiently. It also relies on the health of the digestive system, in particular the gut microbiome, as this plays an important role in the serotonin pathways[1].


In supplement form, 5-HTP is sourced from the seeds of the griffonia plant, which is native to Western Africa. As well as mood disorders such as depression and problems with sleep such as insomnia, it is also used as a natural aid for weight loss[2]. Note that you should avoid this as a supplement if you are taking any antidepressants.



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