5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a naturally occurring amino acid that is the intermediate step between tryptophan and the important brain chemical serotonin. 5-HTP is also known as oxitriptan and helps to calm anxiety, improves mood, controls appetite, and is used as a sleep aid.
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is produced as a by-product of L-tryptophan, which is a protein building block. It can also be created by using the seeds of a plant from Africa known as Griffonia simplicifolia. 5-HTP supplements work within the brain and through the central nervous system by causing an increase in serotonin production. Serotonin is a natural chemical that has the ability to affect your experience of pain, sleep patterns, sexual behavior, temperature, appetite, and moods.
Because 5-HTP causes an increase in serotonin synthesis, 5-HTP supplements are very useful in dealing with various conditions such as obesity, insomnia and other sleep disorders, depression, anxiety and other mood related disorders, migraine headaches, tension headaches, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, fibromyalgia, premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphonic disorder, seizure disorders and even Parkinson's disease.
It is important to consult your physician before using these supplements. By following the advice of your health care professional and using high quality 5-HTP supplements from Vita Living, you can be sure of having a positive experience with 5-HTP.