Posted by Nicole on February 25, 2014
otherwise known as “5-Hydroxytrytophan”, is a
compound that is produced in your body whenever it makes serotonin.
In previous articles, we've discussed the importance that serotonin
has in mood regulation, which is why for some, boosting or regulating
serotonin can often lead to an improved mood. Our bodies naturally
make 5-HTP from trytophan, which we can help to promote through the
consumption of carbohydrates. It's converted into serotonin.
of the main benefits of taking 5-HTP is that it's able to cross the
blood brain barrier, which is the protective layer that our brains
have to keep out or let in important chemicals and hormones. It's
what makes 5-HTP more effective than taking straight serotonin
supplements, in fact. By taking 5-HTP, it's possible to both improve
your mood, and to help to control your appetite as well. Once your
body gets the signal that it's got enough serotonin, it's likely to
stop giving you the green light on carbs. This could be one of the
reasons why poor mood and overeating are so entwined.
has also occasionally be suggested to assist with:
a natural mood booster, serotonin, and thus 5-HTP, can help to cut
down on anxiety. 5-HTP is effective for supporting positive moods, although it should not be a replacement if
you've prescribed medication for depression. Speak with your
doctor if you are taking any antidepressants before trying 5-HTP,
just to be safe.
Loss, or Weight Gain
can be related to fluctuations in hormone levels, stress, or other issues. If you're currently attempting to lose weight, and need
“carb control,” 5-HTP may actually be beneficial due to its
inherent property of satisfying your brain's serotonin needs.
converts into a chemical called melatonin, which the body uses to
regulate sleep cycles and promote more restful nights of sleep. That
means that increasing your serotonin may help you to fight off difficulty sleeping, or erratic sleeping that can hurt your ability to focus.
5-HTP is one of the many supplemental chemicals available, it can
often work well in combination with other mood-boosting herbs and
compounds, especially when taken on a consistent basis. Supplements
that contain 5-HTP can be especially beneficial during the winter, which we've
covered in another article. It can also be a more natural way to deal
with stress from work, as opposed to alcohol and other intoxicants.
If you've been searching for a better way to get your mind back on
the level, then you might find 5-HTP to be the support you've been