this is very interesting. I have in the past been on anti-depressants but have been much better since doing VLCD (came off them over a year ago) I wondered if perhaps the lack of balance in my diet had a part to play, my sister n law however suffers from depression and has done ever since I've known her - I don't think she has tried (or heard) of these and she wants to try and avoid going back on anti-deps, where does the substance come from? is it synthetic?
5-HTP is a natural plant extract from the seeds of the West African griffonia simplicifolia tree. This plant extract is a natural source of 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5-HTP). 5-HTP is a substance that is made in the body which is converted into serotonin, a brain chemical messenger. Low serotonin levels are believed to be the reason for many cases of mild to moderate depression, insomnia and feelings of anxiety, apathy, fear and worthlessness.