Can 5-HTP Help to Treat Depression?

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5-HTP stands for 5 Hydroxy-Tryptophan and it absolutely can be used to treat depression. I think when used with a good holistic plan in general. Depression is caused by many many different factors. So, I do find that if you use any particular nutrient by itself, it may or may not work.

But when you use a whole plan that includes lifestyle, diet, sleep, working on people's psychology, and then using the right vitamins and nutrients, it can absolutely help depression in most cases. 5-Hydroxytryptophan can help by increasing serotonin in the brain. 5-Hydroxytryptophan is an amino acids that is actually the precursor to the neural transmitter serotonin, which is something that helps the brain and the body and the mood really stabilize and feel really good.

5-HTP actually is interesting because it's one of the things that also helps us reduce our cravings for carbohydrates. So, sometimes when people are depressed and they're a bit over weight, 5-HTP is the perfect choice because it can help for both things. The antidepressants on the other hand, which can also help boost serotonin actually help people gain weight because it increases carbohydrate craving.

So, I love to try 5-HTP first because I find it works really well especially when used with other holistic practices, and it doesn't have any side effects.