What is 5-HTP and why do people take it? Is it right for you? What is it made of? Dr. Terry Grossman, co-founder and author of TRANSCEND: 9 Steps to Living Well Forever, explains the benefits of taking 5-HTP as part of your supplement health routine.

5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is produced in the body from the amino acid tryptophan and is involved in nervous system health. It is a precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation, sleeping patterns, appetite, sexuality, and emotional states such as anger and aggression. 5-HTP increases serotonin levels in the brain, which can help promote a calm mood and healthy sleep patterns.

Unlike tryptophan, 5-HTP can easily cross the blood-brain barrier, making it effective for increasing serotonin levels in the central nervous system. Oral doses of 5-HTP are well-absorbed into the blood stream because it is not affected by other amino acids in digestion and it does not need a specific transport molecule.

Vitamin B6 works with 5-HTP to create serotonin. If you are taking a B vitamin supplement, such as our B-Complex, you may wish to take the two products at the same time to optimize effectiveness.

—About TRANSCEND Longevity —

Aging is not a single process. It consists of a dozen or so processes that lead to the loss of our physical, sensory, and mental capabilities. In their bestselling book, “TRANSCEND™: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever”, Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D. discuss how to slow these processes, and how in the future new technologies will allow us to stop, and even reverse them altogether.

“I believe we will reach a point around 2029 when medical technologies will add one additional year every year to your life expectancy,” says Kurzweil. “By that I don’t mean life expectancy based on your birthdate, but rather your remaining life expectancy.”

In the meantime, the trick is remaining healthy long enough to take advantage of these breakthroughs by leveraging the information that’s already available to help eliminate our chances of disease and slow the aging process.

TRANSCEND Longevity is a health and wellness company dedicated to transforming lives through education and access to information, products and tools that will prolong life.

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