5-HTP stands for 5-Hydroxytryptophan. Alternative names for the plant include the Kajya, Atooto and the Poopoo. It’s extracted from the Griffonia Simplicifolia plant, native ti Africa, speifically coastal areas of Liberia and Gabon. In its native countries it is used as a traditional medicine for inflammation, anemia, burns, vomiting, and tooth decay. It is also given to chickens to cure lice.
5-HTP is a compound produced naturally by the body that goes on to make Serotonin. Serotonin is known as the “Happy Hormone”. In the body 5-HTP is made naturally from dietary Tryptophan. It requires Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Folic acid and Vitamin B6 to convert.
Here are few health benefits of 5-HTP :
- 5-HTP has been used to treat sleep disorders, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, obesity, fibromyalgia and many more.
- Taking 5-HTP is thought to help with weight management. Serotonin spikes can be associated with eating unhealthy carbohydrates (doughnuts, crisps and cakes). Taking 5-HTP naturally raises the body’s Serotonin levels to prevent cravings.
- 5-HTP is highly advised for people with anxiety. One study found that taking 5-HTP was as effective as the leading anxiolytic drug, Clomipramine.
- PMS can trouble 70-90% of women in a lifetime. However, 5-HTP has been found to naturally boost the much needed Serotonin during this time, and improve symptoms.
- 5-HTP has been promoted for people with ADHD, as a natural method of encouraging the body to reset its brain chemistry and reduce symptoms.
- Migraine can be a life halting disorders. One study found that 71% of people taking daily 5-HTP recorded a significant improvement in symptoms.
- A follow up study of epileptic patients found that daily 5-HTP supplementation reduced the number of seizures associated with the disorder.
The correct dosage is between 50 to 200mg a day.