5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)

5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a compound produced in the body from the amino acid tryptophan. It is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin and the hormone melatonin.

There is a massive amount of evidence that suggests that low serotonin levels are a common consequence of modern living.

The lifestyle and dietary practices of many people living in this stress-filled era results in lowered levels of serotonin within the brain. As a result, many people are overweight, crave sugar and other carbohydrates, experience bouts of depression, get frequent headaches, and have vague muscle aches and pain. All of these maladies are correctable by raising brain serotonin levels.

Signs of 5-HTP Deficiency

  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Carbohydrate craving
  • Bulimia
  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Chronic daily headaches
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Although 5-HTP may be relatively new to the United States health food industry, it has been available through pharmacies for several years and has been intensely researched for the past three decades.

We carry 5-HTP by itself or in combination with other nutrients that help support brain function.

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