Down in the dumps? Under the weather? Are you sad, heck, or do you have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder aka winter blues, summer blues, seasonal depression). Well, maybe you’re just having a really bad day or you might just need some good old 5-htp.
5-HTP What Is It?
According to Wiki:
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), also known as oxitriptan (INN), is a naturally occurring amino acid and chemical precursor as well as ametabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin from tryptophan.
So basically it works like this. Your body creates 5-HTP naturally from tryptophan which it then continues to turn it into serotonin and melatonin.
More On Serotonin:
So 5-HTP increases the production of serotonin.
Studies have shown that lack of serotonin may lead to a more aggressive behavior, bad eating habits, sleeping problems, higher levels of irritability, impulsivity, as well as depression.
Based on studies done in Bristol University in England, serotonin is actually involved in the following:
- Cardiovascular Function
- Muscle Contraction
- Endocrine Regulation
- Wound Healing
- Regulating Aging
- Did you know that Princeton University actually dubbed serotonin as the ‘Happiness Hormone’ because it contributes to the feelings of well being. ☺
As For Melatonin:
Melatonin on the other hand promotes sleep.
Top 5 Benefits Of 5-HTP:
As mentioned earlier, because 5-HTP simply boosts your levels of serotonin, based on the research done in Bristol University listed above, you probably already have a good idea about what the good effects are. But out of all the benefits, here are the top 5 of 5-HTP.
- Better mood, it combats depression
- Better sleep
- Weight loss
- Reduces stress
- Fights Fibromyalgia
Sources of 5-HTP:
So, where can you get a good dose of 5-HTP? Well, 5-HTP is actually manufactured from the seeds of the Griffonia Simplicifolia, a plant that native to West and Central Africa. Now, I’m not saying that you have to travel far and wide to get a hold of this woody climbing shrub. There are 5-HTP supplements that you can get at your nearest drug store, health food store, or even online.