5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a gentle, sleep support supplement made from all natural ingredients.
Kirkman’s 5-HTP is derived from the seeds of the African plant, Griffonia simplicifolia and includes added vitamin B-6, which is necessary for 5-HTP to be converted to serotonin. In many studies, 5-HTP has been shown to be more effective in promoting sleep than melatonin. This amino acid derivative has also shown promise for improving mood.
5-HTP cannot be obtained from food. Instead, the human body manufactures 5-HTP out of tryptophan, an amino acid common in many protein rich foods. Tryptophan is often associated with turkey, though there are many other foods that contain as much or more tryptophan per gram, such as soybeans, sunflower seeds and cheeses. Pork, chicken, beef and certain varieties of fish all have roughly the same amount of tryptophan as turkey. So the oft repeated assertion that the after Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness is a result of tryptophan, is probably false. However, the idea has a reasonable basis: tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP; 5-HTP is in turn used to make serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that contributes to a person’s mood and well being. Supplementing with 5-HTP can increase serotonin levels, which in turn minimizes conditions associated with low serotonin levels, which include sleep and mood problems. Side effects from supplementation with 5-HTP are generally mild.