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The level of stress these days is at unprecedented level. Time is short and there is a lot to do, and that in itself is a source of enough stress. Persistent tension and nervousness can invisibly weaken our immune system's defences, which can result in serious health problems. The substance, also known as the "happiness hormone", plays a role in the treatment and prevention of depression, migraine, tinnitus, and fibromyalgia. The 5-HTP capsule has all the necessary ingredients so that serotonin can have its effect in the right place. Vitamin360 helps its customers by offering several types of 5-HTP preparations in its online store.

What exactly is 5-HTP?

The name "5-HTP" may sound gimmicky, but there's no magic in it. When serotonin is brough into the body from outside, it cannot take effect and it cannot reach the brain, where it can perform its task. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is responsible for the blockage. The function of the blood-brain barrier is to prevent, for example, the entry of pathogens and all other substances into the brain that may be harmful to its functioning. Thus, serotonin cannot enter without a carrier and then exert its effect. 

Researchers have found that when a precursor is attached to serotonin (5-HT), the blood-brain barrier allows it into the brain. Tryptophan (5-HTP) proved to be a suitable solution, so when they enter the brain together, serotonin separates from tryptophan and can take action to improve our mood.


Where does 5-HTP occur?

By the way, tryptophan is not some artificial substance from the devil, as it can be found in many foods - most often in foods with high protein content. Poultry meats, fish, and dairy products all contain tryptophan, but striking amounts of tryptophan have also been found in bananas, pumpkins, and seaweed. In addition, American hazelnuts and sunflower seeds are worth mentioning when talking about tryptophan. 

The ingredient required for serotonin supplement is most often extracted from the plant called Griffonia.

What are the main benefits of taking 5-HTP?

Numerous studies have been conducted on 5-HTP, in which it was found that in the form of a dietary supplement, it can bring significant improvement in various psychiatric diseases. It helps relieve depression symptoms, has a good effect on stress management and also reduces feelings of restlessness. 5-HTP also shows outstanding results in the treatment of chronic inflammations - it has been observed that its level decreases during their formation.

Supplementing with 5-HTP can also help in the treatment of (muscle) pain in the whole body. According some approaches, low serotonin levels may play a role in the development of fibromyalgia, so supplementing with 5-HTP may have a beneficial effect on reducing muscle pain. Those who are prone to migraines have also seen significant improvement when taking 5-HTP capsules regularly.

This substance also helps us to rest in the right quantity and quality. It is involved in the production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for sleep and relaxation - 5-HTP can effectively reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.

5-HTP also has a beneficial effect on the symproms of climax and premenstrual syndrome. Since the body's estrogen levels decrease during these periods, this can lead to mood swings. Cravings and bouts of binge eating can also be attributed to a lack of serotonin, as the body tries to increase serotonin levels with different foods for normal functioning.

Overall, if there is a sufficient amount of tryptophan amino acid in our body, more 5-HTP is produced, which has a positive effect on serotonin production. By the way, 5-HTP can also play a role in weught loss: it has been observed that it increases the feeling of fullness and aids fat loss.


When and in what dosage should we take 5-HTP?

In the case of a direct hormone, it is important to stick to the recommended amount in all cases. If you have any questions or want to increase the dose due to any changes in your health, please consult your doctor. He or she is the one who is aware of all the circumstances to set a dose that is safe for us.

In general, the daily dose is defined as 300-500 milligrams. If we don't have a serious health problem, and just want to manage everyday stress better, this amount may be enough. 5-HTP capsules should be taken with a meal. According to some recommendations, it is also recommended to take this hormone of those who protect themselves with contraceptives, because reduced level of serotonin can already be observed in their bodies.

It is important to be aware that 5-HTP capsules are not like, for example, vitamin C which adapts well to everything, and you can take almost any amount of it at any time. It can be used in addition to other drugs taken for a neurological diseases only if it has been approved by our treating physician. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are drugs used as antidepressants to treat depression and anxiety. If 5-HTP is taken at the same time as such a preparation, it can even have serious consequences.

5-HTP is available in the form of capsules in the Vitamin360 online store. You can even choose a package that contains 180 capsules, so you don't have to worry about getting another box for up to half a year. In terms of doses, you can choose from 50 mg preparations to 200 mg capsules containing a safe amount of 5-HTP food supplements.