Griffonia Seed and 5-HTP: Remedy for
Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia
Extracted from the griffonia seed, 5-HTP (or 5-hydroxytryptophan) is a derivative of the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin.
Serotonin decreases depression and promotes a sense of wellbeing, and 5-HTP helps the body synthesize more of it. Itís also a sleep aid and appears to promote the stage of deep sleep when growth hormone is released.
Begin with 50-100mg once or twice a day, under the guidance of a qualified natural health practitioner. But consult your physician first if youíre already on an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) anti-depressant (for example Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil) since excess serotonin can have negative side-effects.