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5-HTP is an amino acid. Amino acids are substances that build proteins in your body. 5-HTP is related to serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood, sleep, and pain. It is available as a supplement and is generally considered safe, although some contaminated supplements have caused dangerous side effects.

Why do people take 5-HTP?

5-HTP supplements may raise levels of serotonin in the brain. Some studies have found that 5-HTP supplements help relieve depression. Some research showed that 5-HTP worked as well as some antidepressants.

5-HTP supplements also seem to help with fibromyalgia symptoms. In some studies, it’s eased pain, morning stiffness, and sleep problems.

People take 5-HTP for other conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, and obesity. There’s not enough evidence to know whether it works for these conditions.

There’s no standard dose for 5-HTP. For depression, dosages range from 150 to 300 milligrams a day. Ask your doctor for advice.

Can you get 5-HTP naturally from foods?

5-HTP is not in food. Your body makes 5-HTP from tryptophan, another amino acid. While tryptophan is in many foods, eating more of these foods doesn’t seem to have much effect on 5-HTP levels.

 

Source: www.webmd.com

 

2017-03-05T00:13:33+00:00

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