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5-HTP can help raise the brain's serotonin levels, reduce anxiety, improve sleep and boost overall mood

5-HTP stands for 5-Hydroxytryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid. You may know tryptophan as the stuff in turkey that makes you want to take a huge nap after eating your Thanksgiving dinner. Just like tryptophan and prescription-only SSRIs (a group of anti-depressants), 5-HTP raises your brain's serotonin levels, reducing anxiety, improving sleep and boosting overall mood. Over-the-counter 5-HTP, available at health food stores, is not derived from turkey meat but from griffonia simplicifolia, an African plant.


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