5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)

Many people find 5-HTP (5-hydroxy-l-tryptophan) supportive to mood and sleep. 5-HTP is the immediate precursor of serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, and sleep disorders. 

Unfriendly intestinal bacteria (intestinal dysbiosis) can reduce normal levels of 5-HTP in the body. Therefore, products for Intestinal Microflora Balance and Bowel Movement Support are usually higher priorities than 5-HTP supplementation.

Furthermore, some people tend to have high levels of serotonin due to genetics. High levels of serotonin are characteristic of serotonin toxicity, also known as serotonin syndrome. It is probably best to not increase your intake of 5-HTP to achieve increased benefit.

If you are currently taking antidepressant medications please consult a physician prior to using 5-HTP.