Natural 5-HTP supplements contain the compound that is a pre-cursor to serotonin, one of the brains’ most important neurotransmitters—often hailed by many has being the molecule that increases ‘happiness.’ It should be noted that 5-HTP SHOULD NOT be taken with many medications, such as SSRIs, and can be quite dangerous—even lethal—if done so. If taken properly, 5-HTP has shown a wide range of positive health benefits such as promoting weight loss by curbing appetite, decreasing night terrors, as well as helping to address a host of digestive issues such as IBS and Leaky Gut Syndrome.
5-HTP is thought to be directly converted into 5-HT (Serotonin) by enzymatic processes, thus making more Serotonin available to the body. There are a large number of Serotonin receptor sites throughout your body’s neural pathways, which qualify 5-HTP as as having the potential to act as a Nootropic.
The practical effect of taking 5-HTP is more often reported as being mood-enhancing—or mood stabilizing—rather than providing a stimulant effect. Recent research that strengthens our scientific understanding of how the digestive system deeply affects our cognitive function also strengthen the case for 5-HTP to be qualified as one of the Best Nootropics available, considering it’s robust ability to strengthen healthy digestive function. This Gut-Brain connection has been recently understood as being so strong—that it may even be at the root of diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS)