What is 5-HTP?
5-HTP is an amino acid found in the seeds of an African shrub called Griffonia Simplicifolia. This has the unique ability to increase levels of the main ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitter Serotonin in the brain. This is responsible for promoting feelings of wellbeing and calmness, which is important as low levels of Serotonin have been associated with depression, anxiety, and insomnia to name a few. 5-HTP also increases other neurotransmitters that play into the body’s sleep-wake-cycle, pleasure, and even our fight or flight response.
The Benefits of 5-HTP
When we think of sleep, it’s easy to think that the only important factor is the number of hours you get each night. Well, the quality of your sleep is just as important, and consuming 5-HTP can not only encourage healthy sleep cycles but improve sleep quality by supporting serotonin production, which can then be converted into melatonin. 5-HTP produces enough serotonin to increase REM sleep by 48%. [i] [vii]
Studies have shown that 5-HTP aids in improving sleep quality, whilst also helping with mood regulation, stress and anxiety reduction, and even has the ability to act as an appetite suppressant. [ii]
Scientific studies show that 5-HTP can provide anti-depressant effects by supporting good mental health, which in turn offers stress and mood support. This is all done by supplementing the production of serotonin. [iii] [iv]
Conclusions from studies also show a reduction in feelings of stress and anxiety, as well as helping to manage some of the by-products of stress, such as headaches and migraines when consuming 5-HTP [v].
One of the other benefits of 5-HTP is that it acts as an appetite suppressant too. The increase in serotonin levels helps to make you feel less hungry. [vi]
Adding 5-HTP To Your Diet!
This unique new Nourishment can be added to your own personalised, freshly 3D printed gummy vitamin today! Gummy vitamins are chewable, easier to consume and studies have shown that gummy form can lead to higher absorption of certain ingredients.
To add 5-HTP to your personalised gummy vitamin, simply take our quiz or learn more about this multifunctional, game-changing nourishment here.
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