5-HTP Power is a natural dietary supplement that can help improve one's emotional outlook, quality of sleep, and weight-loss success, as well as help relieve symptoms of PMS and fibromyalgia. Plus, only NSP's 5-HTP Power offers the extra support of vitamin B6, zinc, and the adaptogenic herbs like Siberian ginseng, ashwaganda, and suma.
5-HTP (5-hydroxy-tryptophan) is a natural extract obtained from the seeds of the Griffonia plant, a shrub tree native to Ghana and the Ivory Coast in Africa. 5-HTP is also produced in the body from the essential amino acids, and is the immediate precursor to serotonin. The biosynthesis of serotonin in the brain is a complex process that happens instantaneously-when tryptophan crosses the blood-brain barrier, it is converted into 5-HTP, which in turn, is converted into serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mood, appetite, behavior, and sleep. Serotonin deficiency has been linked to numerous medical and psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression (including seasonal affective disorder or SAD), eating disorders, migraine headaches, PMS, violent behavior and aggression, and sleep disorders.
Unlike drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIS), such as Prozac, which help prevent serotonin deficiency by inhibiting brain cells from using serotonin too quickly, 5-HTP actually increases the brain's production of serotonin, thus raising available levels. Scientific studies confirm that 5-HTP is beneficial for anxiety disorders, binge eating associated with obesity, depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia, chronic and migraine headaches, and neurological disorders such as ataxia-the inability to coordinate muscular movements.