Supplement Sunday : 5-HTP
5HTP is a precursor molecule to our neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is well known for it’s “happy” and “good mood” effects.
5-HTP may be used to increase serotonin levels in the brain which can be decreased in instances such as:
Studies have shown that 5-HTP has effects on :
serotonin plays a major role in our mood
low serotonin has been linked to low mood and depression
studies have also demonstrated that 5-HTP can reduce the symptoms of depression
This is a result of 5-HTP increasing serotonin levels in the brain
studies have shown that 5-HTP can cause a decreased appetite and therefore decreased food intake. This also led to weight loss. However, these studies focused on participants higher BMI’s (30+) and/or Type II Diabetes.
remember how 5HTP creates serotonin? Well serotonin goes on to produce melatonin, our sleep hormone.
there are many studies that proposed 5-HTP may regulate our sleep cycle and increase the time spent in REM sleep. During our sleep we go through 5 different stages, with REM being the one where our brain is most active. It is also where we dream the most.
5-HTP has also been studied for its effects in reducing headaches, specifically migraines
this is a result of studies showing that those with migraines have lower levels of serotonin
Caution: 5-HTP is NOT to be used with SSRI’s as they have an additive effect which can cause major harm in the body. Side effects of 5-HTP may include dizziness & nausea.
~ as always, consult with your healthcare provider before trying to incorporate a supplement into your health plan ~
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