How it helps you
5HTP, short for 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a chemical that the body makes from the dietary amino acid tryptophan. 5-HTP is linked to the brain chemical serotonin, which affects mood, sleep and pain. 5-HTP is used in the production of the chemical serotonin in the brain and nervous system.
It can be used to treat conditions affected by serotonin, such as depression, insomnia, obesity and other conditions. Eating more foods with tryptophan does not increase the amount of 5-HTP in the body. However 5-HTP produced commercially from the sees of Griffonia simplicifolia, a type of African plant, can be taken as a supplement.