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5-HTP as a Mood Enhancer, Anti-Anxiety, but Weight Loss too?

While considering fat burner ingredients for weight loss supplements, we see that an ingredient called 5-HTP is commonly used by most of the reputed manufacturers in their products. When we dived deep into this topic we found out that this ingredient has the capability to suppress the appetite. Many regular users of 5-HTP have reported that they experienced lowered appetite eventually. When it comes to thermogenesis, fat burning is easily possible by eating less. Therefore, appetite suppression becomes a huge deciding factor for fat burning. 5-HTP is not the typical driving ingredient; it is an additional aspect that supports the other key ingredients in the fat burning supplements.

5-HTP is an amino acid that is produced by your body naturally. The problem here is that you can not get this ingredient from food. However, it can be created from another amino acid called Tryptophan that is available in many food items. A really simple way to put this across is that 5-HTP is a precursor to Tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in several foods like meat, seafood, eggs, dairy, and chicken. 5-HTP is also known as 5-Hydroxytryptophan scientifically. It is generally used by the people who are seeking relief from insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

Many people have also been using 5-HTP supplements to treat migraine headaches. These are billed by manufacturers as a “natural solution” to many of the ailments faced by the people. This is why the ingredient is widely popular. Pharmaceutical solutions for insomnia, depression, or anxiety often require regular Doctor visits and certified prescription medications. This can amount to breaking your bank. 5-HTP is also known as the “natural Prozac” in many fitness enthusiast circles. Although people choose to take 5-HTP without an approval from the physician, it is also wise to consult your doctor before consuming any supplement. However, these supplements unlike pharmaceutical solutions, do not need frequent doctor visits.

These supplements are available online or over-the-counter at most supplement stores. They are also available in vitamin sections of grocery stores and are typically created from a woody African shrub called Griffonia Simplicifolia. This shrub's seeds possess small amounts of 5-HTP that increases serotonin and melatonin in the brain. Serotonin is considered to be a monoamine neurotransmitter that can directly connect with the positive mood of the human brain by increasing the happiness levels. This will increase the intensity of the sleep routine while keeping it short which has a direct relationship to appetite, obesity, and sexual desire (libido). Being obese can affect the libido of a person and he/she may stop having sex when this happens. The key to becoming more satisfied in life is to have a good sex and stay healthy. People who have low serotonin levels are likely to feel depressed or anxious all the time. These unhealthy feelings can typically cause poor sleep. As we know, 5-HTP increases serotonin and allegedly fixes this issue over time. A little more serotonin may help you deal with the situation easily and maybe a little more sanely.

People who use 5-HTP regularly have reported a betterment in their mood and have also observed less anxiety and deeper sleep. Since serotonin is connected to improved mood, increasing it seems relevant in the pursuit of a healthier mind. Typically, the more serotonin will help your body to produce more melatonin that helps people sleep. Insomnia is often the result of low melatonin. Thus, quality sleep is directly linked to melatonin.

5-HTP is considered to be an influencer when it comes to weight loss. However, this ingredient does not come without the possibility of side-effects. When taken in high doses or without doctor's advice, the users have reported developing eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, an extremely serious condition that leads to severe muscle tenderness. Also known as EMS, there are no solid pieces of evidence showing that this condition is caused by 5-HTP. However, anyone who takes 5-HTP should be aware of such possibility. Also, it is important to discuss with your Doctor before introducing your body to any new supplement. Some have even reported heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.


5-HTP is known to help ease Insomnia, promote improved mood, decrease anxiety, and relieve headaches.With such a hectic lifestyle, increased age, stress, and unregulated eating routines, your levels of serotonin are compromised. This causes depression, anxiety, insomnia, and weight gain. Here is when 5-HTP helps. It converts directly into serotonin in the brain and has a positive effect on mood, anxiety, and weight loss.

However, this is an unregulated supplement. So, you might not get scientifically valid guidelines for proper dosages. But, overall, it seems to be a good ingredient if taken in right doses and without question, only after consulting a certified physician.

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