5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid known for it’s ability to maintain a host of healthy bodily functions. Its benefits include supporting healthy mood balance, promoting relaxation and sleep quality and even maintaining healthy appetite levels.
A standard dose of 5-HTP generally starts at 100mg and can increase up to 500mg daily, taken in divided doses.
5-HTP Mode of Action
5-HTP works as precursor to the hormones serotonin and melatonin, meaning the body converts 5-HTP into these hormones, which regulate body functions such as mood and sleep. 5-HTP can also increase overall GABA levels, which can create a sense of anxiety relief and relaxation.
Research shows no incidence of toxicity at 50mg/kg bodyweight, although doses of 100-200mg/kg bodyweight have been associated with Serotonin Syndrome in lab animals.