- Provides Support for Serotonin Production
- Promotes a Balanced and Positive Mood
- Supports Normal Appetite
- Promotes Healthy and Deeper Sleep
5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a precursor to serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter associated with the feeling of well-being.
Mood and Comfort
Adequate levels of serotonin are associated with a sense of calmness and relaxation. Several studies have demonstrated that 5-HTP supports a healthy frame of mind, good energy levels, comfortable movement and restful sleep.
Clinical studies have shown 5-HTP helps to maintain healthy sleep regulation.5-HTP improves quality of sleep by extending the rapid eye movement (REM) phase as well as increasing the deep sleep stages of non-REM sleep without increasing total sleep time. In addition, 5-HTP promotes the release of melatonin by the pineal gland inside the brain and increases the length of REM. In children, supplementation with 5-HTP may help support peaceful sleep and decrease the incidence of night terrors. 5-HTP has also been found to raise plasma cortisol levels, causing a transient increase in growth hormone (at 150 mg dose) and, in men only, to support healthy levels of thyroid stimulating hormone.
5-HTP has been found to assist with carbohydrate cravings. 5-HTP is known to support normal hypothalamic regulation, which includes appetite homeostasis. Reduced carbohydrate intake and improved satiety was observed following 5-HTP administration.