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What are benefits of 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) supplements?

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People take 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) supplements to ease:

  • Depression. Some research showed that 5-HTP worked as well as some antidepressants.
  • Fibromyalgia symptoms. In some studies, it eased pain, morning stiffness, and sleep problems.
  • Other conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, and obesity. There's not enough evidence to know whether it works for these conditions.

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L. ed., , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "5-HTP."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Turner, E. , 2006. Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Das, Y. , 2004. Toxicology Letters

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 08, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L. ed., , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "5-HTP."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Turner, E. , 2006. Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Das, Y. , 2004. Toxicology Letters

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 08, 2017

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