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The neurotransmitter 5-hydroxytryptophane, short 5-HTP, is one of the amino acids that our body can produce itself. As an intermediate product it is needed for the production of serotonin. This in turn has a positive effect on our mood. Our organism does not produce enough 5-HTP complexes, 5-HTP as a dietary supplement can compensate for the deficit.
5HTP Complex - Precursor from Food
So that our body can produce 5-HTP complexes, he needs L-Tryptophan as an indispensable precursor. A sufficient supply of L-Tryptophan is not guaranteed in a vegetarian or vegan diet. The result is that not enough 5-HTP is available to produce serotonin.
5-HTP and his role as a neurotransmitter
Neurotransmitter as body's own messengers provide information from a nerve cell to another. An essential property of the amino acid 5-HTP is to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. As a result, serotonin synthesis increases rapidly in the central nervous system. The serotonin produced can fulfill its important tasks throughout the body.
5-HTP from nature - Griffonia
5-HTP is natural in various banana resorts and in the African black bean (Bot. Griffonia Simplicifolia). The amino acid for the production of nutritional supplements is obtained from Griffonia. For this purpose, the seeds are ground and processed. This vegetable dietary supplement is said to be the same properties as the body's body's 5-HTP.
Studied at Griffonia
5-HTP complexes is attributed the same effect as serotonin. It should act atmospheric, appetite compensating, weight reducing and calming. In the animal experiment, an extensive effect could be determined.
Interactions 5-HTP complexes
Since 5-HTP has an impact on the serotonal budget, interactions with medicines are not excluded. This applies in particular to serotonin recording inhibitors (SSRIS) and other antidepressants. Patients who take this medicine should seek medical advice before taking 5-HTP. Pregnant women and nursing must also discuss taking this dietary supplement with their doctor.
The dose makes the poison
As with all, what we take to us, this well-known principle is also valid here. While taking SSRIS and other medications with side effects is to be expected, the 5-HTP-containing African black bean Griffonia belongs to food. Nevertheless, an increased recording of 5-HTP may have undesirable consequences. An overdose can lead, for example, to serotonin syndrome - with symptoms such as restlessness, muscle souvenirs, sweating and trembling. In this case, a doctor should be visited. Experience reports also show that a too high dose can lead to nausea or loss of appetite at the beginning of ingestion. At 5-HTP it is particularly important to hold on to the recommended recording quantities. If you want to clarify uncertainties, you should seek professional advice, for example from a doctor.
From 5-HTP to serotonin
The uses of 5-HTP complexes are still researched. As a precursor of serotonin, his properties are attributed to him. Serotonin has an influence
- the body temperature
- the appetite
- The central reward system
- Moods and emotions
- Driving and sleeping
- Pain sensitivity
To what extent 5-HTP can influence all these functions requires further clinical trials.