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Anxiety and 5-HTP

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 1 minute read
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Anxiety can set in ahead of big events such as an interview or an exam, or you may just be feeling a bit on edge without any particular cause. Some pharmacy products are known to calm mild anxiety and that panicky feeling that can rise up. Let’s take a look at one of them on the market in more detail.

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5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a naturally occurring amino acid produced by the body and is converted into serotonin, a chemical that helps elevate mood. 5-HTP may also elevate melatonin, which is important for sleep. 5-HTP is involved in the regulation of mood, appetite, and gut function.

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Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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