What is 5-HTP?
An amino acid extracted from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifola. In the body it is an intermediate step in the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin, which makes it a safe and natural way to balance serotonin levels.
- In Europe it has been used for over 30 years for mood balance, quality sleep, weight management and comfort for those with headaches and muscle discomfort. What is Serotonin?
- Serotonin is a neurotransmitter critical for brain function. It helps regulate muscle movement, alertness, mood, behavior, appetite, activity level, and sleep quality and is a precursor to melatonin. What decreases Serotonin levels?
- Stress caused by emotional crisis, inadequate rest and nutrition, excessive caffeine or alcohol use, and lack of exercise can have serious impact on the brain’s ability to produce serotonin.
Why is Serotonin important?
Low Serotonin levels can lead to problems such as aggression, alcoholism, anxiety, depression, seizures, fatigue, fibromyalgia, seasonal affective disorder, food and carbohydrate cravings, hyperactivity, irritability, muscle and bone discomfort, obesity, obsessive compulsive disorders, panic disorders, pre-menstrual syndrome, short attention span, sleep disorders, scattered thoughts, and severe headaches.