5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a naturally occurring amino acid that is closely related to serotonin, an important chemical found in the brain and other parts of the body. It has become a popular ingredient in herbal supplements and is often claimed to help with the following conditions:
Depression; Fibromyalgia; Eating disorders; Compulsive disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD); Headaches; Anxiety; Premenstrual disorder (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
It is also frequently used in weight loss supplements.
A few side effects have been reported with 5-hydroxytryptophan, including:
Heartburn or indigestion; Belching; Gas; Nausea or vomiting; Diarrhea.
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