5-HTP is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan. 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin, which means that it gets converted to serotonin in the body. While a prescription is needed for 5-HTP in Ireland, there are some countries where it’s sold over-the-counter.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the body. It is mostly found in the brain and gut.
Serotonin is involved in transmitting electrical messages between nerve cells in the brain. It’s associated with regulation of mood, sleep, appetite, memory, and movement. Serotonin is also very important for a healthy sleep-wake cycle, or biological clock.
Serotonin can’t be obtained from diet, so the body produces it. The body synthesises serotonin from the dietary amino acid call tryptophan, found in foods such as turkey, cheese, and cacao.
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You should always consult your doctor if you have any concerns before taking any medication.
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