5-HTP Hydroxy Tryptophan is the direct precursor to serotonin and is taken to Improve Mood, as a Treatment for Migraines & Insomnia and beneficial in Weight Loss.
5-HTP is very helpful with drug and smoking cessation and weight loss programs. Hydroxy Tryptophan (5-HTP) increases serotonin (a ‘feel-good’ chemical) levels in the brain, making it a useful supplement for these conditions.
Possibly the most publicized effect of 5-HTP is as a sleep aid. 100mg taken on an empty stomach one hour before bed is quite effective in an adult.
Pain sensitivity is lower in persons with adequate serotonin levels, making this supplement ideal for PMS and headaches.
Health problems associated with low serotonin levels 5-HTP benefits:
- Carbohydrate craving
- Sleep apnea
- Migraine headaches
- Tension headaches
- Chronic daily headaches
- Premenstrual syndrome – PMS
- Fibromyalgia – Lyme Disease
Stress is a contributing factor in many illnesses. Serotonin enables the body to better handle stress; therefore reducing the damage done by stress induced free radicals.
Researchers have investigated 5-HTP in comparison to antidepressant drugs. Both displayed identical reduction in depression, showing at least 50% improvement in symptoms. Weight loss, take 45 minutes before meals.
“Prior to menstruation many women crave sugar, salt, fatty foods – sugary foods are a big one,” agrees Susan M. Lark, MD, a faculty member at Stanford University and author of Premenstrual Syndrome Self- Help Book:
A Woman’s Guide to Feeling Good All Month. “They eat the wrong foods; they eat oreos or an ice cream bar or chocolates. That just makes it worse.” The result is a quick upswing in your blood-sugar level; Followed by a rapid decline – and then you’re hungry again.
Sounds counterintuitive, but foods can help relieve PMS cravings, says Lark. When PMS cravings strike, she suggests you fight back with grains and beans, or tuna on a piece of rye crisp or a rice cake.
“If you want to slow down absorption of the carbs, add a little oil like mayonnaise or almond butter,” Lark says. “That will really cut your craving.”
Since most women have problems meeting their nutritional needs through their diet, many experts recommend dietary supplements.
Lark highly recommends taking 50 to 100 mg, once or twice a day, of a dietary supplement containing 5-HTP (5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan), an amino acid that the body converts to serotonin, along with 25 to 100 mg a day of a vitamin B complex to stabilize blood sugar and to help the 5-HTP conversion.
Considered a natural mood enhancer, 5-HTP is a supplement, not an FDA-approved medicine.
5-HTP are used for help with insomnia, depression, obesity, weight loss, and in children with ADD – attention deficit disorder.
People may be predisposed to being overweight because they have a decreased conversion of tryptophan to 5-HTP and, as a result, decreased serotonin levels.
By providing preformed 5-HTP, this genetic problem is bypassed and more serotonin is manufactured. 5-HTP literally turns off hunger and enables you to lose weight and maintain your weight loss without so much effort.
If you are taking 5-HTP for weight loss, we recommend taking it 20 minutes before meals.