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Sleep Supplements: 5-HTP



5-HTP or 5-hydroxytryptophan is a compound that is naturally made by the body but is also made into a supplement and is taken for the purpose of better sleep and mood improvement. In this article, we will explore these effects. Disclaimer: this article provides some information to inspire further research but always have a conversation with your doctor before starting any new supplements.


5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin which is the hormone that works together with melatonin to regulate your sleep cycle. Having a healthy amount of serotonin promotes better and more restful sleep which is something we all want. However, some things that might affect your serotonin levels. These might include age and state of mind. We've all experienced restlessness as a side effect of stress and emotional turmoil. Because serotonin is attributed to producing a positive outlook and mood, it can be beneficial during tumultuous times.


Benefits of 5-HTP include reducing anxiety, risk for panic attacks, appetite, and headaches. More research is being conducted to look at more benefits this supplement can bring, but with the knowledge we have so far it looks to be safe and effective. Consult with your doctor if you think 5-HTP supplementation can help you with your sleep.


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