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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., , 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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