5 HTP is the abbreviation for 5 Hydroxyl Tryptophan. Tryptophan is one of the 20 basic amino acids essential for the body.Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, they help to ensure the proper functioning of body parts. They are very essential to the body.
5-HTP is believed to exert its effect on the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of the chemical serotonin. The major effect of 5 HTP is anchored on its conversion into serotonin via body metabolism. Serotonin may in turn affect cycaridian rhythm, regulate satiety or appetite, temperature, regulate sexual drive, and mediation of pain sensation. Since 5-HTP increases serotonin levels, it is used for conditions in which serotonin is believed to play an important role.
Serotonin is considered one of the most important and powerful neurotransmitters in the body. Neurotransmitters are chemical agents that transduce chemical impulses in the body that cause a change. Serotonin is one of such neurotransmitters and it is responsible transduction of some chemical signals that affect the body. The most common of such signals are the mood signals, ranging from pleasure to depression anxiety, and the likes. Serotonin could also affect sleep as it is released during the time of sleep. It may also control satiety levels and many other processes in the body.
Some other neurotransmitters in the body include Dopamine, acetylcholine, histamine, and many others. These neurotransmitters usually have receptors they bind to. Receptors for Serotonin are mostly found in the brain, they can also be found in the GIT
Deficiency symptoms of Serotonin
The causes of serotonin deficiency is undefined. But the deficiency symptoms of serotonin are usually psychological in nature and thus serotonin is believed to play a vital role in the psychological balance of the body. The deficiency symptoms may also manifest as a physical and observable character or traits.
Here are examples of some psychological symptoms:
- Anxiety is defined as the innate response of our body to the stress of any kind including psychological. Anxiety usually occurs in some people when they go for their 1st job interview. This type is normal. Excessive anxiety could be an indication of serotonin deficiency.
- Depression is the opposite of happiness. It is the state of man after bad and unproductive adventure. Low serotonin levels are believed to be responsible for excessive depression expressed by individuals.
- This is a form of sleep disorder in which the individual finds it very difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep or it be could be both. This could be as a result of serotonin deficiency. The explanation behind serotonin deficiency responsible for anxiety, depression, and insomnia is that the chemical process that regulates mood and sleep are made of serotonin receptors. Meaning that they need serotonin to act on those receptors to exert their effects. A deficiency of serotonin will reduce their actions leading to depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
Some physical symptoms include
- PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder
- Panic disorder
- Eating disorder
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