5-HTP (Griffonia Simplicifolia)
Griffonia SImplicifolia is an herbal supplement that is rich in 5-HTP, a naturally occurring amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin. Taking Griffonia Simplicifolia as a daily supplement can greatly increase your sleep/wake cycles resulting in much better quality of sleep.
What is 5-HTP?
5-HTP stands for 5-Hydroxytryptophan, it is an amino acid that is produced endogenously (naturally) in your body. If any part of that lengthy word sounds somewhat familiar, you may be thinking of tryptophan (L-Tryptophan to be exact), the well known amino acid in turkey that gives the signature Thanksgiving food coma.
Griffonia Simplicifolia is a woody shrub found in Africa that happens to be an exceptional source of 5-HTP and is therefore commonly used as an herbal supplement. Griffonia Simplicifolia may be even more effective than 5-HTP alone due to other components of the herb.
In addition to serotonin, 5-HTP is also a precursor to melatonin, a familiar supplement and natural chemical that helps you fall asleep.
What are the top benefits of 5-HTP?
While 5-HTP is commonly used for help with sleep, it’s wide ranging benefits are the subject of much research. A few of the top benefits include;
Sleep Aid- 5-HTP helps your body produce more amount of melatonin, a chemical that is naturally produced with your circadian rhythm to help you fall asleep.
Anti Anxiety – 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin, the chemical responsible for happiness, therefore giving it a pronounced antidepressant effect making it great to help manage anxiety.
Headaches and Migraines – Clinical research has shown 5-HTP to be effective in decreasing the frequency, length, and severity of headaches.
Traditional Use of 5-HTP
Since long before the discovery of amino acids, the Griffonia Simplicifolia plant has been used in Africa to treat a variety of benefits. The plant was harvested and the leaves were used as a cough suppressant, treat burns and wounds, and even as an aphrodisiac.
The Science Behind 5-HTP
5-HTP and L-Tryptophan are indeed closely related, and these amino acids are considered pre-cursors to serotonin, the chemical your body produces that are responsible for states of happiness. 5-HTP however, is an even more effective serotonin producer because it can cross the blood-brain barrier at a faster rate.
Other bioactive components of Griffonia Simplicifolia may cause a synergistic effect making it more effective than taking 5-HTP alone.
One human-based study showed that a combination of 5-HTP and Valerian Root significantly reduced the time it took to fall asleep, increased sleep duration and improved sleep quality
Dosage and Safety
While Griffonia Simplicifolia does not have a recommended dosage, HerbBox recommend taking 100–300 mg, 30–45 minutes before bed. When using specifically for sleep.
The 5-HTP by HerbBox contains 100mg which is an optimal amount to promote better sleep cycles without the grogginess experienced with supplements such as straight melatonin. 5-HTP is particularly effective when stacked with Valerian Root, such as is found in The Chamomile by HerbBox.
Some medications increase serotonin production. Combining these medications with 5-HTP may cause dangerous serotonin levels in your body. This is called serotonin syndrome and potentially cause drowsiness.Ask a doctor before taking with certain antidepressants, cough medicines or prescription pain relievers.
Griffonia SImplicifolia is an herbal supplement that is rich in 5-HTP, a naturally occurring amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin and melatonin. Taking Griffonia SImplicifolia as a daily supplement can greatly increase your sleep/wake cycles resulting in much better quality of sleep.