L-5-hydroxytryptophan, commonly known as 5-HTP, is derived from the amino acid tryptophan found in certain proteins and the seeds of an African plant called Griffonia simplicifolia. Its primary function is to boost mood by increasing the levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter associated with happiness, and melatonin, the neurohormone that regulates sleep. It is also believed to be beneficial for a variety of conditions where serotonin plays a significant role. Studies have shown that 5-HTP is as effective as some antidepressants but with faster action and fewer side effects. It can improve the quality of sleep as well since serotonin and melatonin are involved in regulating the sleep/wake cycle. Furthermore, research supports the use of 5-HTP in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia and headaches. Clinical trials have demonstrated significant improvements in fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain, morning stiffness, nervousness, and fatigue with the use of 5-HTP. Individuals experiencing mood imbalances such as low mood and anxiety, as well as those suffering from migraines, fibromyalgia, or sleep disorders, may benefit from taking 5-HTP.
AOR's 5-HTP is sourced from the seeds of Griffonia simplicifolia and processed in France, ensuring it is free of any contaminants. AOR's extra strength formula contains twice the dosage of their regular 5-HTP, catering to the varying needs of individuals while reducing the number of capsules needed to be taken.