5-HTP : Boost Your Mood & Appetite

Category: Health  

You walk into your local supplement shop and as you’re browsing the store, you stumble upon a small plastic container labeled 5-HTP. You read its corny description of how it can help you to lose weight. But not only that, it can make you happier! “Another scam.”, you think to yourself.

Well that was a mistake putting that back on the shelf, and I’m going to tell you why. Let’s talk about this mysterious 5-HTP supplement, what it can do for you, and why should consider investing in it!

5-HTP, also known as 5-hydroxytryptophan (that’s a mouthful) is a precursor the the neurotransmitter serotonin. I’m sure you’ve heard of it before, but in order to understand how 5-HTP works, we need to know what serotonin does. Serotonin, without getting into too much of the complex details, is one of the primary neurotransmitters involved in the regulation of happiness and overall mood in the brain.

What is 5-HTP?

You may have noticed that the most popular and most often prescribed antidepressant drugs are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs for short. These drugs increase the amount of circulating serotonin in the brain, therefore, improving symptoms of depression. So theoretically, supplementing with 5-HTP should improve your mood too, right?

Remember the full name of 5-HTP? It’ll come in handy here.

What we know so far is that depression is often correlated with a deficiency in the amino acid tryptophan (see how that name came in handy?). Luckily, tryptophan is the precursor to 5-HTP, so by supplementing with 5-HTP, we’re essentially “skipping a step” and getting one step closer to increasing our serotonin levels [1]. Thus, this may very possibly be a great solution to those who want to choose a holistic route to depression treatment.

The caveat, however, is that research is still trying to discover whether or not this still shows the same effect in healthy individuals. Fortunately, it seems to be heading in the right direction.

For most adults, 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night appears to be the best amount of sleep.

Decrease in appetite

But what we know for certain about 5-HTP is that it has been shown time and time again to be an effective appetite suppressant. Wait a second, both a potential mood booster and appetite control supplement in one, what more could you ask for?

In a 3 month study with obese patients, it was shown that ingestion of 900mg of 5-HTP per day caused the patients to eat less overall calories than the placebo group. What was particularly interesting about this study was that it was split into two different 6-week phases; where one week the subjects didn’t follow any sort of planned diet, and during the second week, they followed a 5040 calorie diet (quite the average intake for obese individuals, some would say that’s quite low even).

Weight loss was very significant in the 5-HTP group during both phases, where most of the weight loss resulted from subjects reducing their calorie consumption primarily from carbohydrates. After interviewing the subjects, they discussed how it made them lose weight primarily through increased satiety, or an increased feeling of fullness when eating. This wasn’t just a one-time occurrence either. Another study that looked at non-obese subjects (just simply overweight) used 750mg of 5-HTP for only a 2-week time frame. The same theme was witnessed; less carbs were consumed overall compared to the placebo group. And this was shown in a matter of only 2 short weeks, which is quite significant for only a dietary supplement.

Did you know? Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping.

Collagen, melatonin & sleep

Codeage Multi Collagen Beauty Night Capsules is a multi-source collagen peptide of type I, II, III, V and X. The Codeage Multi Collagen (advanced collagen supplement) offers a high quality blend of chicken, fish, bovine and egg collagen of type I, II, III, V and X. Codeage Multi Collagen Beauty Night also provides 225mg of elemental Magnesium (as TRAACS Magnesium Glycinate), 100mg of 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), 6mg of Melatonin, 100mg of English Lavender Powder (Lavandula Angustifolia) and 55mg of L-Theanine. A Multi-benefit sleep supplement in an all-in-one solution.

Collagen is a key protein for our body and one of the most abundant. Unfortunately, it may sometimes be absent from our standard modern diet. You can find collagen in many parts of your body including your muscles, your digestive system, the bones, your skin, face, tendons and even your blood vessels. For tendons and joints, you can imagine collagen as the adhesive that keeps our bones together.

Melatonin is widely used for its rest-promoting properties and relaxation before sleeping. Magnesium is one of the 24 essential vitamins and minerals our organism need. Low magnesium may throw the body off course. 5-Hydroxytyptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that your body naturally produces. Our bodies uses this to produce serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between your nerve cells. We have also added 5-HTP to our Multi Collagen Beauty Night.

The takeaway

As always, there is never a definitive answer to anything in the world of supplementation and the science behind them. But fortunately enough, the future looks bright for it; regarding both its effects on mood and appetite. More studies need to be conducted on normal, healthy individuals in order to state this more definitely, but again, it seems to be headed in the right direction. So give it a shot and let us know how it worked for you!