5-HTP otherwise known as 5-Hydroxytryptophan is an amino acid made in the body from the amino acid tryptophan. 5-HTP is used for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin.
5-HTP is included in Sleep Support by Beyond Vita®.
1. Helps Improve Sleep
Having healthy sleep is critical to being healthy.
In a randomized clinical trial of an amino acid preparation that contained 5-HTP, researchers noted that the mixture decreased sleep onset time, increased sleep duration and improved sleep quality.6
5-HTP can help promote sleep by increasing the production of a hormone that helps regulate sleep called melatonin.
2. Weight Loss
Losing weight can increase the production of hormones and neurotransmitters that can increase appetite and make a person feel hungrier so they eat more. This increase in appetite can make losing weight seem impossible as time goes on.9,10
Serotonin helps decrease appetite and 5-HTP helps to increase the production of serotonin.11
In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on the effects of 5-HTP supplementation on obese adults, researchers noted that the participants who took 5-HTP saw a decrease in carbohydrate consumption and an increase is fullness after eating.12
5-HTP can also better help control blood sugar levels due to reducing the intake of carbohydrates.15
5-HTP can help increase fullness and weight loss through it’s action on serotonin.
5-HTP supplementation is able to increase levels of serotonin in the brain and help treat depression.18
In a 2017 study, researchers found that the combination of 5-HTP and creatine helped to correct deficits in serotonin in women with serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) resistant depression.19
In a large review of 108 trials into the effects of 5-HTP for depression, researchers found that 5-HTP can help alleviate the symptoms of depression.20
5-HTP supplementation can help alleviate depression by raising levels of serotonin.
5-HTP can also have an impact on anxiety and increase relaxation.
In a study of non-depressed young subjects with high levels of romantic stress in 2010, researchers found that 5-HTP may be useful in the treatment of psychological suffering associated with romantic stress.21
Another study on people who suffer from chronic panic attacks from low serotonin levels found that 5-HTP supplementation helped alleviate anxiety.22
5-HTP may help alleviate anxiety and decrease psychological suffering.
5. Helps Reduce Migraines
A study on 124 people who suffer from migraines found that 5-HTP supplementation completely prevented or significantly decreased migraines in 71% of the study participants.25
Researchers in another double-blind study on chronic primary headaches concluded that 5-HTP is a medication of moderate efficacy and remarkable safety.26
5-HTP can help reduce the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines.
6. Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia can cause general weakness, muscle pain and bone pain. Currently a cause is not known however low serotonin levels have been associated with it.27
Researchers believe that increasing serotonin by supplementation with 5-HTP might benefit people with fibromyalgia.28
A double-blind study on the treatment of fibromyalgia with 5-HTP found symptoms of the condition were significantly improved by 5-HTP supplementation.29 Another study also found that 5-HTP is effective at improving fibromyalgia symptoms during the 90 day treatment time.30
5-HTP supplementation may be effective at reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia by raising levels of serotonin.
5-HTP is an important amino acid that may help with sleep, anxiety, mood and other health issues.*
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