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What is 5-HTP?
5-HTP, or 5-Hydroxytryptophan, comes from the amino acid L-tryptophan, which can be converted into serotonin in the body. It’s not possible to get 5-HTP directly through food, although tryptophan is typically obtained from meat, fish and dairy. Supplemental 5-HTP is usually obtained through the Griffonia simplicifolia plant — the main source of 5-HTP supplements.
What are the benefits of 5-HTP?
5-HTP is a natural precursor to serotonin and can be consumed before bed as part of an active lifestyle.
How does 5-HTP work?
Put simply, 5-HTP allows the body to convert the amino acid L-tryptophan into serotonin. For this chemical reaction to occur, the body also needs nutrients like vitamins (particularly B2, B3 & B6), magnesium and zinc. So, if your body is lacking any of these nutrients, then taking 5-HTP supplements alone may not be as effective.
What are pre-workout supplements and when should you take them?
Consume 5-HTP pre-bed as part of an active lifestyle. It’s often thought that around an hour before bed is the best time to take it. When it comes to 5-HTP dosing, it all depends on why you are using 5-HTP supplements, so it’s important to speak to your doctor before you begin using 5-HTP.
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