Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for conditions where serotonin is believed to play an important role:
Depression and anxiety: 5-HTP raises serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the key to regulating moods.
Insomnia: 5-HTP is found to be effective in promoting sleep because it promotes the release of the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep.
Fibromyalgia: Studies suggest that 5-HTP can improve the pain from primary Fibromyalgia.
Headaches: Studies demonstrate that taking a serotonin precursor such as 5-HTP is helpful in the management of tension-type and migraine headaches.
Weight Loss: As serotonin levels increase, hunger diminishes and people feel satisfied and full more quickly.
- 5-HTP (5-HYDROXYTRYPTOPHAN)