5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), which is also known as Oxitriptan, is a naturally occurring amino acid and a chemical precursor and a metabolic intermediate in the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitters Serotonin and Melatonin from Tryptophan. What it simply means is that two very important Neurotransmitters Serotonin and Melatonin are developed in the body from 5-HTP. Therefore Amino Acid supplement of 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is used for several Health Concerns where Serotonin and Melatonin are found beneficial such as:
L-Tryptophan is found in food (milk, meat, potatoes, pumpkin, and various greens), however it must be converted in the body to 5-HTP (which is found in insignificant quantity in food) before body produces Melatonin and Serotonin. Eating food rich with Tryptophan may not increase in 5-HTP levels much therefore supplementation of 5-HTP helps. %-HTP is made from the seeds of an African plant called Griffonia simplicifolia. Griffonia simplicifolia is a climbing shrub found in West Africa and Central Africa is used for making herbal supplement 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).