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5-HTP: What are the benefits?
5-HTP, an abbreviation for 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a chemical produced by the human body from the dietary amino acid tryptophan. Closely linked to the chemical serotonin which has an impact on moods, sleep and pain, 5-HTP can be used as a supplement.
How 5-HTP helps?
Some research indicates that using 5-HTP as a supplement produces positive results in weight loss, anxiety and depression. It improves sleep patterns associated with fibromyalgia symptons, whilst also helping to relive pain and morning stiffness.
A common list of conditions that people have used 5-HTP for include:
- Tension headaches
- Sleep disorders
- Appetite control and weight reduction
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Premenstrual symptoms (PMS)
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)