5-HTP, short for 5-Hydroxytryptophan, is a naturally occurring amino acid that plays a crucial role in the body's production of serotonin. It's a biological step away from becoming serotonin itself, and when it enters the brain, it is thought to rapidly elevate central serotonin levels. But that's not all – the serotonin production triggered by 5-HTP may also boost melatonin production, which is often suppressed by late-night device screens (and party lights!). [1]

Weight Control

In two studies of adults struggling with obesity, 5-HTP supported healthy weight loss by reducing cravings for carbohydrate-rich foods and increasing feelings of fullness. [2] [3] 


In a study of 124 people suffering from regular migraines, 5-HTP reduced the frequency and severity of migraine attacks in 71% of participants. [4]


5-HTP, when combined with GABA (like in our formula!), has been shown to improve sleep by reducing the time it takes to fall asleep, increasing sleep time, and improving sleep quality. [5]

*Research discussed herein represent preliminary findings requiring additional and more rigorous evaluation before certain health claims can be made.


[1] Maffei ME. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP): Natural Occurrence, Analysis, Biosynthesis, Biotechnology, Physiology and Toxicology. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020;22(1):181. doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms2201018

[2] Cangiano C, Ceci F, Cascino A, et al. Eating behavior and adherence to dietary prescriptions in obese adult subjects treated with 5-hydroxytryptophan. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1992;56(5):863-867. doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/56.5.863

[3] Ceci F, Cangiano C, Cairella M, et al. The effects of oral 5-hydroxytryptophan administration on feeding behavior in obese adult female subjects. Journal of Neural Transmission. 1989;76(2):109-117. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/bf01578751

[4] Titus F, Dávalos A, Alom J, Codina A. 5-Hydroxytryptophan versus Methysergide in the Prophylaxis of Migraine. European Neurology. 1986;25(5):327-329. doi:https://doi.org/10.1159/000116030

[5] W S, D B, E C, La M, Ds S. A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of an Amino Acid Preparation on Timing and Quality of Sleep. American journal of therapeutics. Published March 1, 2010. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19417589/


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