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5-HTP is a widely known supplement belonging to the l-tryptophan group. It is commonly used when there is depression, severe headaches and migraines, among others.

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Possible Benefits

  • Helps improve symptoms of depression
  • Help in treating obesity
  • Decreases severe headache
  • Helps to regulate sleep
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Required Equipment

5-HTP tablets or capsules

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How to Do It

Consume the capsules or tablets according to the indications that can be found in each product. Taking into account other important information you will find here.

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Why it works

  • Its central action is by acting on the central nervous system and the brain, helping to produce a chemical called serotonin.
  • Serotonin has a wide range of effects on our functioning at the brain level, and therefore on our behaviour and sensations. Serotonin can alter sleep, the desire to eat and also people's sexual behavior.
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Time Commitment

1-2 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

According to the instructions of the specific product

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Time of Day

After any meal

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Possible Side Effects

In general, there may be stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, sexual problems and muscle disorders. 

Specifically, care should be taken when there is also consumption of any antidepressant (such as fluoxetine, sertraline, among others). In this case, you MUST consult a professional.

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  • This supplement has been highly researched, since it affects the functioning of serotonin, it has a high impact on health. 
  • The maximum daily dose that has been reported in scientific studies is 400mg, for one year. Taking 5-HTP outside of this could cause serious consequences.
  • 5-HTP is obtained from the seeds of the Griffonia simplicifolia plant.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Alternative Therapeutics for Sleep Disorders. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B978143771703710009X
  2. Gut-derived Serotonin and Bone Formation. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780124157842000075
  3. Serotonin and the Neuroendocrine Regulation of the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal Axis in Health and Disease. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0083672903010069
  4. 5-HTP efficacy and contraindications. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3415362/
  5. 5-Hydroxytryptophan: a clinically-effective serotonin precursor. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9727088
  6. The effects of 5-hydroxytryptophan on attention and central serotonin neurochemistry in the rhesus macaque. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29463909
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