5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan)


What Is 5-HTP?
5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), also known as oxitriptan, is a naturally-occurring amino acid that plays a vital role in the synthesis of two important neurotransmitters: serotonin and melatonin. Along with vitamin B6, 5-HTP acts as an intermediary when your body metabolizes tryptophan to produce healthy levels of serotonin and melatonin.*

5-HTP is found in certain foods, but only in insignificant quantities; tryptophan, which 5-HTP helps metabolize, is found in turkey, milk, potatoes, pumpkins, and various greens. As a supplement, 5-HTP is usually derived from the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia, a woody climbing shrub native to Africa.*

Vitamin Research Products’ 5-HTP supplement includes not only high-quality 5-HTP, but also two different forms of magnesium to increase the bioavailability of 5-HTP and increase its benefits in the body, making sure you get the most out of each capsule you take. You can choose a lower dosage of 50 mg of 5-Hydroxytryptophan per capsule or a higher dose of 100 mg per capsule, depending on your individual needs.*

If you’d like to make the absolute most use of this helpful supplement, consider adding Vitamin Research Product’s tryptophan supplement, L-Tryptophan, to your daily intake of vitamins and nutrients. Together, tryptophan and 5-HTP will work synergistically in your body to produce optimal serotonin and melatonin to keep your brain and body functioning at their peak.*

The Importance of Serotonin
Serotonin is one of your brain’s most crucial messengers, and a serotonin imbalance can cost you your mental clarity, your good mood, and your healthy weight. Serotonin passes signals between neurons, relaying commands in your brain; when you don’t have enough serotonin, some of the messages don’t reach their intended recipient. An adequate supply of 5-Hydroxytryptophan is essential to ensure you’ve got enough of this vital neurotransmitter.*

To drive home the importance of healthy serotonin levels, let’s take a look at which health areas serotonin affects. Healthy serotonin levels support...

•Healthy moods year-round*
•Calmness and relaxation*
•Weight management*
•Soothing sleep*
•Relief from occasional headaches*
•Optimal energy levels and muscle comfort*
•Bowel and digestive health*
•Optimal lung health*

Since 5-Hydroxytryptophan increases production of serotonin, it’s been used to enhance all of the above health areas, as well as others for which suboptimal serotonin levels are thought to be a factor. As you can see, proper levels of serotonin are essential for your health. Research has shown that supplementing with 5-HTP, as well as tryptophan, can help you create and maintain a healthy level of serotonin and promote the optimal function of many different body systems.

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