5HTP is dangerous to take

5-HTP - Miracle Drug or Dangerous?

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5-HTP is said to be effective against depression, insomnia, headaches and fibromyalgia, to lift the general mood and constitution and even promises to support successful weight loss. So a miracle cure? Or should one look more closely at the side effects of 5-HTP, which is not classified as a drug but is sold as a dietary supplement? The following article tries to shed some light on the darkness ...

What exactly is 5-HTP?
5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is a non-proteinogenic amino acid. It's a natural compound that the brain converts into two neurotransmitters - serotonin and melatonin. These two in turn are responsible for regulating sleep patterns, for example. A higher value of these new transmitters is associated with an improved, more restful and deeper sleep. It is found in small amounts in foods like turkey, red meat, soy protein, eggs, spinach, and fish.

What Are The Benefits Of Taking 5-HTP?
Studies show that taking the drug improves bad mood and feelings of depression. It also helps relieve anxiety, stress, and nervousness. It also leads to a calm and relaxed state of mind, improves falling or staying asleep and curbs appetite. In the best case scenario, it also helps you lose weight.

What are the disadvantages of taking 5-HTP?
One should also be aware of the dangers of 5-HTP. The product is not recommended for long-term use. It should also not be taken with other medicines for anxiety and / or depression. In individual cases, contrary to the advantages mentioned above, it can lead to excitement and restlessness. A very high dose of the agent can lead to an "acute serotonin syndrome" (too much serotonin in the central nervous system).

The use of 5-HTP for insomnia
Short-term periods without sleep quickly lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating and mood swings. Long periods without sleep can lead to serious health problems. The consequences can be heart disease, cognitive disorders, obesity and impaired immune system. In order to restore the balance necessary for healthy sleep in the body, 5-HTP can be taken.

The use of 5-HTP for depression and restlessness
By increasing the serotonin level, which the ingestion of 5-HTP brings with it, depression and other complaints can be alleviated. It is a natural alternative to sedatives and can be used for mild to moderate depression. Be careful, however, when taking the drug in conjunction with other antidepressants. This should be discussed with a doctor. 5-HTP increases serotonin levels in the brain, as do some antidepressants. Taking them together could represent an overdose of serotonin, which in turn can lead to heart problems, chills, and anxiety.

Taking 5-HTP for Weight Loss
In some people, low levels of serotonin trigger increased appetite. The cravings for sweets in particular are increased. In this case, 5-HTP can help to normalize the serotonin level and to eat less food or to feel full earlier. It also promotes the release of leptin (hormone that regulates appetite). So, taking 5-HPT can lead to weight loss.

The use of 5-HTP for fibromyalgia
Officially, fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disease and is associated with chronic muscle and joint pain, headaches, sleep disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, etc. It is assumed that there is often a low serotonin level. By taking 5-HTP, i.e. by increasing the serotonin level, symptoms can be reduced.

How to take 5-HTP
As long as one is not pregnant or breastfeeding, 5-HTP is classified as safe in the natural medicine database. It is usually taken orally. Whether for headaches, depression-like states, fibromyalgia or other symptoms mentioned above, 5-HTP can be used helpful. However, you should inform yourself beforehand about the dosage and time of intake. These vary with the different symptoms. When taken correctly, the side effects are generally mild. If you are taking other medications in connection with 5-HTP, you should definitely consult a doctor beforehand. In general, it can be said that you should feel comfortable taking it so that it can also lead to success. Image source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-in-blue-and-brown-plaid-dress-shirt-touching-his-hair-897817/

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