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5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

5-hydroxytryptophan, also known as 5-HTP, is the intermediate metabolite of the essential amino acid L-tryptophan (LT) in the biosynthesis of serotonin. Serotonin is an important chemical in the brain involved in mood, behavior, appetite, and sleep.

5-hydroxytryptophan has been used clinically in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions such as anxiety, mild to moderate depression, fibromyalgia, insomnia, attention deficit disorder,chronic headaches, and binge-eating associated with obesity.



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