For Those Looking For Alternative Methods In Which To Control Their Anxiety, There Are Many Options Available Today

By Addy Rochon
Given a boost by celebrities in recovery from depression such as Jim Carrey, 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is once again the up-and-coming nutritional supplement for the treatment of depression. 5-HTP supplies the source of the amino acid tryptophan in a form that readily enters the brain. The human brain converts tryptophan into the key mood regulator serotonin.

What is 5-HTP? 5-Hydroxytryptophan also known as 5-HTP is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-tryptophan. 5-HTP is produced using the seeds of the Griffonia simplicifolia which is known African plant. In other words, 5-HTP is an amino acid that functions in the central nervous system and brain by enhancing the making of the chemical known as serotonin.

5-HTP is essential to overall health. It is used to treat many conditions like depression, obesity, carbohydrate craving, bulimia, insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, migraine, headaches, and fibromyalgia.

What is Serotonin? Scientifically, Serotonin is a hormone found in the pineal gland, digestive tract, blood platelets and brain. It works as a neurotransmitter that sends nerve signals between nerve cells. Normally, the body maintains a normal serotonin level, but there are times when the level of Serotonin drops. When this happens, you may experience various health conditions. A common cause of low- serotonin levels is prolonged stress. A poor diet can also cause serotonin levels to drop. Aside from that, hormonal changes may also contribute to low levels of serotonin. There are also studies that show that abuse of nicotine, alcohol and drugs may lead to a drop in the level of Serotonin in our body.

Specifically relating to anxiety disorders, 5 HTP anxiety supplementation combined with a healthy diet is reported to provide some amount of relief of anxiety symptoms. Whether taken with prescription medication or alone, many who take it report calmer, less depressed moods and less anxiety.

Some studies indicate that 5-HTP is as effective in treating people who are experiencing moderate depression since it works as antidepressant drug. Aside from that, these studies have also revealed that it is effective in improving mood, anxiety, insomnia, and physical symptoms.

5-HTP Improves Sleep Problems People who suffer from sleeping problems are known to have low levels of serotonin. 5-HTP has been shown to improve the quality of sleep. Medical research indicates that taking 5-HTP before bedtime can induce sleepiness and delay wake times.

With the “bad” carbs, there is a quick response in the form of a calming effect, but it is short-lived; our blood sugar levels get out of alignment (which can add to depression and anxiety) and the whole cycle starts again. Therefore, white carbs and other low-quality carbs are definitely not the way to boost serotonin.

The best way to get good results when taking 5 HTP is to combine it with a diet that is rich in foods containing L-Tryptophan such as turkey, eggs, milk, yogurt, bananas, nuts, beans and cheddar and swiss cheese. Taking Vitamin B-6 and Omega-3 fish oil helps, too. By taking 5 HTP with this type of diet it is suggested that people can increase serotonin production naturally, reducing anxiety symptoms. Another benefit for some, by increasing serotonin production with the help of good carbohydrates and 5 HTP, it can also act as an appetite suppressant.

When that happens the pleasurable effect goes away, and the cravings return. When it does, it is also accompanied by anxiety, foggy thinking and irritability. This cycle cause you to gain a lot of weight and causes obesity.

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