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What is 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)?

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5-HTP is an amino acid. Amino acids are substances that build proteins in your body. 5-HTP is related to serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood, sleep, and pain. It is available as a supplement and is generally considered safe, although some contaminated supplements have caused dangerous side effects.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

Turner, E. Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2006.

Das, Y. Toxicology Letters, 2004.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 6, 2019

SOURCES:

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

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

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

Turner, E. Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2006.

Das, Y. Toxicology Letters, 2004.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 6, 2019

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