5 HTP supplements are prepared using derivatives extracted from the seeds of Garcinia simplicifolia which is a medicinal plant. 5- HTP is widely used as weight loss supplement that controls the appetite and limits intake of calories. But the weight loss is short termed and more prone to the side effects. 5 HTP supplements are available in most of the health stores and now days available in online too.
5 HTP supplements lessens hunger pangs but is not considered as stimulant. The supplements increase the neurotransmitter levels which are connected with hunger. The results from 5- HTP supplements can be noticed while following regular exercise and healthy diet.
5- HTP is naturally synthesized in human body to some extent from break down of tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid. Tryptophan is commonly found in dietary foods like poultry, red meat, fish and beans. Tryptophan usually breaks down in the liver by forming 5- HTP. 5- HTP reaches brain through blood stream and then converts in to serotonin, a neurotransmitter.
Serotonin loaded foods are highly gaining popularity now days, since they promote weight loss, mood gets stabilized, improves sleep deprivation and even stress levels can be reduced. Serotonin is mostly known as neuro transmitter which enhances joyous feelings, satisfaction and immense happiness. Satisfaction is utmost guaranteed and helps improve sleep disturbances and provide enough sleep. Serotonin is obtained from I- tryptophan amino acid and is a neuro transmitter present in the human brain. Regulation of signals between the cells is empowered by neuro transmitters. In short, intensity of signals is depended on levels of serotonin. Mood disorders like depression and anxiety are directly connected with serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin levels command and improvises mood balance and has other name like ‘happy hormone’.
5- HTP as weight loss supplement
- Serotonin levels are directly linked with appetite and users do not experience hunger when serotonin levels are high.
- Most of the people take 5 HTP supplements to enhance their mood, cut down stress and reduce food cravings.
- When 5 HTP supplements taken in sufficient dosages as directed makes effective booster of serotonin.
- if you take 5-HTP before you eat, Serotonin levels can be increased through diet in slower rate.
- Highest levels of serotonin are found in kiwi, bananas, pine apples, plums, tomatoes, walnuts and plantains.
- Studies reveal that orally consumed 5- HTP supplements reduce appetite thus leading to reduce weight in obese people.
- 5- HTP when consumed for two weeks of 750 mg dosage reduces weight in obese diabetic patients.
Here are few points regarding safety and side effects of 5 HTP for weight loss-
- 5 HTP is considered safe and can be used by adults.
- Pregnant women, breast feeding women should avoid using 5 HTP supplements.
- Many individuals experience mild side effects while using 5 HTP supplements.
- Few may experience side effects like heart burn, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, drowsiness, diarrhea and problems related to muscles.
- But, when side effects are persistent doctor’s advice should be considered on whether to continue the supplements or not.