5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) or Oxitriptan is used in the biosynthesis of melatonin and serotonin from tryptophan. The serotonin is responsible for the positive mood that people feel after consuming of the drug. It’s recommended to people so that they can sleep better and to also relax. These properties make the drug perfect for treatment of conditions such as cerebellar ataxia, antidepressant, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, fibromyalgia, migraine and appetite suppressants. It’s also an option for vegans because it doesn’t contain any animal products. 5-HTP is extracted from the seeds of an African plant known as Grifonnia simplicifolia. The plant originates from certain areas in the West and Central Africa.
Some of the active and non-active 5-htp ingredients are:
One of the main active 5-htp ingredients in Oxitriptan or L-5-Hydroxytryptophan that’s a naturally occurring amino acid. L-5-Hydroxytryptophan is the primary ingredient in 5-HTP that releases the serotonin in the body to treat the mentioned conditions.
Non Active Ingredients
These are the ingredients that don’t affect the drug’s pharmacological effects, instead they are added to the drugs so as to help preserve them for longer periods or can simply be used as filling agents. Some of the non-active ingredients in 5-HTP are magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, gelatin, water and rice flour.
5-HTP is popular in North America, Canada and parts of Europe. Although this is an over the counter drug you are advised to seek the expertise of a doctor before you purchase one. No scientist has been able to link specific side effects with 5-HTP but you are advised not to take it if you are pregnant or breast feeding. 5-HTP should not be combined with other antidepressants because they will trigger the body to release too much serotonin. The effects of too much serotonin in the body are shivering and heart problems. If you do experience side effects it’s likely to come from contaminants in the drug.