Serotonin precursor, 5-HTP
5-HTP is a substance used to increase levels of Serotonin on the brain. It is synthesized in the body through the amino acid tryptophan. The consumption of 5-HTP can relief depression, anxiety, stress leves, control appetite and satiety (which can result in weight loss) and ease sleep patterns.
- Origin: Nonessential, Plant Based, Synthetic
- Source: Nonessential, Synthetic, Plants, Herbs
- Type: Amino Acids
- Age Range: Adults, Seniors
- Toxicity: May be toxic in high doses
- Outcomes: Energy and Mood, Weight Management, Depression, Appetite Control
What are 5-HTP benefits?
As a serotonin neurotransmitter, 5-HTP shows its importance in mood, stress, and symptoms of depression. Its main benefits are in the reduction of appetite and, consequently, in weight loss. It also acts in the increase of cortisol, the hormone responsible for helping the organism control stress. Reducing inflammation and supporting the immune system are other benefits. Through studies, it has been noticed an improvement in sleep, eliminating nightmares or other events that can disturb this moment of rest. There are foods rich in tryptophan, such as dried fruit, eggs, avocado, cheese, and others. The daily consumption of these items can provide a sense of well-being by its action on serotonin. Therefore, including these foods in the routine brings health benefits. However, because of our busy schedules, we are not always able to consume the ideal amount of this nutraceutical. Then, it’s worth supplementing as a way to replace 5-HTP. Take the 3-step test on our website and find out the ideal supplements for your nutritional needs.
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Published articles about 5-HTP and Depression
A pilot study of the predictive value of the probenecid test in application of 5-hydroxytryptophan as antidepressant
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) and a MAOI (nialamide) in the treatment of depressions. A double-blind controlled study
Treatment of depression with L-5-hydroxytryptophan combined with chlorimipramine, a double-blind study
A functional-dimensional approach to depression: serotonin deficiency as a target syndrome in a comparison of 5-hydroxytryptophan and fluvoxamine
Comparative study of efficacy of l-5-hydroxytryptophan and fluoxetine in patients presenting with first depressive episode
Published articles about 5-HTP and Appetite Control
The effects of oral 5-hydroxytryptophan administration on feeding behavior in obese adult female subjects
Effects of 5-hydroxytryptophan on eating behavior and adherence to dietary prescriptions in obese adult subjects
Eating behavior and adherence to dietary prescriptions in obese adult subjects treated with 5-hydroxytryptophan
Effects of oral 5-hydroxy-tryptophan on energy intake and macronutrient selection in non-insulin dependent diabetic patients
Depression is a chronic and recurrent psychiatric condition that produces mood changes characterized by deep sadness, mood swings, loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.
Appetite include physical hunger, subjective appetite (desire to eat) and satiety. These aspects are controlled and regulated by hormones (leptin, ghrelin, serotonin, etc.) that act in the gastrointestinal tract and in the brain through negative feedback. In addition to hormones, appetite is also influenced by metabolic factors, hydration, blood glucose, intestinal motility, among others. The nutraceuticals that influence appetite are those that regulate the hormones involved, assist in satiety, benefit the gastrointestinal tract, improve blood glucose, among others.
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