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5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-tryptophan.
5-HTP, also known as Griffonia Seed Extract, is derived from a woody climbing shrub that is native to West and Central Africa. The supplement is a naturally occurring byproduct of the essential amino acid tryptophan and plays an essential role in the formation of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, meaning it helps foster communication between different neurons within the brain.
5-HTP is used for sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, migraine and tension-type headaches, fibromyalgia, binge eating associated with obesity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and along with prescription drugs to treat seizure disorder and Parkinson's disease.
5-HTP works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. Serotonin can affect sleep, appetite, temperature, sexual behavior, and pain sensation. Since 5-HTP increases the synthesis of serotonin, it is used for several diseases where serotonin is believed to play an important role including depression, insomnia, obesity, and many other conditions.