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5-HTP

Also indexed as:5-Hydroxytryptophan, Hydroxytryptophan
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5-hydroxytryptophan is used by the human body to make serotonin, an important substance for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin appears to play significant roles in sleep, emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, and other body functions.1

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Depression
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner2 stars[2 stars]
Depression has been linked to serotonin imbalances in the brain. Supplementing with 5-HTP may increase serotonin synthesis and reduce symptoms.
Fibromyalgia
100 mg three times per day2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with 5-HTP may ease symptoms.
Insomnia
Adults: 200 mg two hours before bedtime and 400 mg at bedtime; children: 3 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kg) body weight2 stars[2 stars]
5-HTP is converted into serotonin and might, therefore, be helpful for insomnia. In one study, supplementing with 5-HTP appeared to improve sleep quality.
Migraine Headache
200 to 600 mg daily for adults, 20 mg for every 10 pounds of body weight for children2 stars[2 stars]
Several studies have found 5-HTP to be effective at reducing the frequency, severity, and duration of migraine headaches.
Obesity
Take under medical supervision: 600 to 900 mg daily for no more than 12 weeks 2 stars[2 stars]
5-HTP has been shown to reduce appetite and to promote weight loss.
Sleep Disturbances
Refer to label instructions 2 stars[2 stars]
5-HTP is used by the human body to make serotonin, an important substance for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin appears to play significant roles in sleep.
Tension Headache
Adults: 300 mg daily; children: 100 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking the supplement 5-hydroxytryptophan may lessen headache frequency and limit the need for pain-relieving medications.
Bipolar Disorder
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Supplementing with 5-HTP has had antidepressant effects in people with bipolar disorder; the effect was greater when combined with an antidepressant drug (doctor's supervision recommended)
Eating Disorders
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
5-HTP has been shown to reduce appetite in weight-control and diabetes trials. However, what effect 5-HTP has on people with eating disorders is unknown
Seasonal Affective Disorder
900 mg a day of a standardized extract1 star[1 star]
The supplement 5-Hydroxytryptophan increases serotonin production and has shown antidepressant activity. It may be useful in the treatment of SAD.

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

 
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