Wonders of 5HTP
5-Hydroxytryptophan, more popularly known as 5HTP, is a supplement that has gained popularity because of what it can do. 5HTP promotes the production of serotonin in the body. Our bodies need serotonin for it to function as it should, psychologically and physiologically. Do you know that this substance plays a significant role in controlling our mood, behavior, relaxation, appetite and sleep patterns? That means if you have low levels of serotonin, most likely you are suffering from any one of these – headaches, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, insomnia and obesity. In addition, 5HTP is also the precursor of melatonin that is why it is effective in helping you solve your sleep problems.
The benefit of 5HTP is that it addresses the cause of the health condition, unlike other medications which just aim to get rid of the symptoms without trying to solve the root cause of the problems, which we will trace to low levels of serotonin. So, people with problems relating to depression, insomnia, anxiety, obesity and fibromyalgia take this to help alleviate their problems in an efficient and effective manner.
You can obtain 5HTP from protein-rich foods. However, the 5HTP you get from your diet is often not enough for you to be able to enjoy 5HTP’s benefits. The good news is that 5HTP is readily available as a supplement at your local drugstore. You can also buy this from online stores. 5HTP is extracted from the plant Griffonia simplicifolia.
Now, a word of caution. You should first consult your doctor before taking 5HTP, as this reacts with other medications. 5HTP may not work well in tandem with other medications you are taking. It would also be good to remember that people react to 5HTP differently. Pregnant and nursing women, as well as people who are suffering from kidney or liver disease should avoid taking this supplement.
5HTP gives the same effects that prescription anti-depressants have without its side effects. The usual side effect would be nausea, dizziness and mild gastrointestinal complaints. 5HTP can be obtained from the local drugstore even when you don’t have a prescription.
This is an article written by Cristi Enache. Read more on 5 HTP or find out more about the benefits of 7 keto