5-HTP: Mood, Sleep & More

5-HTP: Mood, Sleep & More

Many have not heard of 5-hydroxytryptophan, more commonly known as 5-HTP, but almost everyone is familiar with the neurotransmitter serotonin. This does not undermine 5-HTP's importance. 5-HTP is an amino acid and chemical precursor to the serotonin. 5-HTP also aids in the production of melatonin, a hormone in which your body produces naturally. 5-HTP is advantageous since it is highly bioavailable and may help people with a variety of issues including those which are mood and sleep-related.

You may wonder what the difference is from supplementing with melatonin versus taking 5-HTP if it's designed to help your body produce melatonin. 5-HTP simply gives your body the building block to make only what it needs to balance itself. A metaphor for this could be when someone wants to build muscle, they often supplement with protein to build more. The body uses what it needs to build more muscle and become stronger.

5-HTP is a valuable substance many can benefit from and is found in NutraDream to support restful sleep.


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