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    5-HTP vs. L-Tryptophan: Comparing Mood Support Products

    mood supportSometimes, it can feel difficult to find products that offer natural mood support. 5-HTP and L-Tryptophan are just two of the many supplements that can help support your mood. Determining the similarities and differences can help you decide which product will work best for you.

    How are 5-HTP and L-Tryptophan similar?

    5-HTP and L-Tryptophan are both amino acids that are known for their ability to convert into neurotransmitters. Since modern diets lack many nutrients that are vital to health and mood, supplementing with both of these amino acids could provide natural mood support.

    How are 5-HTP and L-Tryptophan different?5-HTP vs. L-Tryptophan

    5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), in addition to natural mood support, can also help support healthy sleep and a normal appetite.

    L-Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin and melatonin, and when supplemented in conjunction with 5-HTP, can support a healty mood. The body regulates the amount of L-Tryptophan that is converted into serotonin based on the body’s current needs.

    So while 5-HTP and L-Tryptophan have many similarities and both can help support your mood, they both have other benefits and it is important to choose a product that fits your specific needs.

    Did you find this article helpful? Do you have an experience with 5-HTP or L-Tryptophan you would like to share? Leave your comments below.

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    Comments For '5-HTP vs. L-Tryptophan: Comparing Mood Support Products'

    1. Rolf Hefti says:

      What is dubiously missing in this article is any mention of side effects from these substances. There’s significant evidence demonstrating that increasing tryptophan/5-HTP/serotonin can lead to brain dysfunction/degeneration, metabolic disruption, increase of inflammation, stress hormones, free radicals, muscle pain, hypertension, increased mortality, cancer and so forth (see http://www.supplements-and-health.com/tryptophan-side-effects.html ).

      • BIOVEA says:

        Thank you for your comment. These products have undergone many clinical trials and there were no reports of any life threatening, toxic, or other serious adverse effects. 5 HTP and tryptophan have been sold over the counter for decades and no incidents have been reported in medical journals. The dosage we recommend is 100% safe. Thank you again and please let us know if you have any additional questions.

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