5-Htp seems to be the star of the sleep world if all the hype is to believed. But what is it? How does it work? and should you be taking it? 


 5-htp | The Low Down

5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that your body naturally produces. It is also found in sources such as griffon seeds, turkey, chicken, milk, potatoes, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, turnip and collard greens, and seaweed

Your body uses it to produce serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between your nerve cells.

Low serotonin levels are associated with depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight gain and other health problems

Here we give you 5 good reasons it should be part of your daily life!


5-HTP produces serotonin, which can be converted into the hormone melatonin.

Melatonin is a key contributor to your natural sleep cycle and sleep regulation. Its levels begin to rise in the evening to promote sleep and fall in the morning to help wake you up.

Supplementing with 5-HTP may promote sleep by increasing melatonin production in your body.

One human-based study showed that 5-HTP can significantly reduced the time it took to fall asleep


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It Can Aid Weight Loss by Increasing Feelings of Fullness

5-HTP may increase feelings of fullness, causing you to eat less, In one study those who received 5-HTP consumed approximately 435 fewer calories per day, compared to the placebo group. 

Also, 5-HTP primarily inhibited the intake of calories from carbohydrates, which was associated with better blood sugar control 


May help With Depression by Increasing Serotonin Levels

The effects of 5-HTP on symptoms of depression have been well studied.

While the exact cause of depression is largely unknown, some researchers believe that a serotonin imbalance may influence your mood in a way that leads to depression 

5-HTP supplements are thought to treat depression by increasing serotonin levels.

In fact, several small studies have found that 5-HTP reduced symptoms of depression.

Could Help Reduce Migraine Frequency

5-HTP has been shown to help with migraines, piercing headaches that are often accompanied by nausea or disturbed vision.

While their exact cause is debated, some researchers believe they are triggered by low serotonin levels 

One study in 124 people compared the ability of 5-HTP and methysergide, a common migraine medication, to prevent migraines.

It found that supplementing with 5-HTP daily for six months prevented or significantly decreased the number of migraine attacks in 71% of participants 



Having been a sufferer of both insomnia and migraines over the years, I was always looking for a natural solution for my symptoms, we think we've found it. I hope you love our newly formulated 02 SMART Sleep supplement as much as we do. And our convenient subscriptions service means not only do you save on the cost, but you never have to worry about missing our on a good nights sleep


Sweet Dreams


Amanda x

(Founder @Pure Elixir)