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Griffonia simplicifolia (syn. Bandeiraea simplicifolia Benth. ) is a woody climbing shrub native to West Africa and Central Africa. The seeds of the plant are used as a herbal supplement for their 5-Hydroxytryptophan content. 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that is the intermediate step between tryptophan and the important brain chemical serotonin. Thus 5-HTP is widely used on diseases treatment cause by the lack of serotonin in humans brain.
There is a massive amount of evidence that suggests that low serotonin levels are a common consequence of modern living. The lifestyle and dietary practices of many people living in this stress-filled era results in lowered levels of serotonin within the brain. As a result, many people are overweight, crave sugar and other carbohydrates, experience bouts of depression, get frequent headaches, and have vague muscle aches and pain. All of these maladies are correctable by raising brain serotonin levels.
Specifications: 95%, 98%, 99%
Synonym: L-2-Amino-3-(5-hydroxyindolyl) propionic acid
Appearance: gray white Crystalline powder
Molecular Formula: C11H12N2O3
Molecular Weight: 220.22
CAS Number: 4350-09-8
5-HTP has been studied and shown to be of benefit in the following conditions: Depression, Obesity, Carbohydrate craving, Bulimia, Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Sleep apnea, Migraine headaches, Tension headaches, Chronic daily headaches, Premenstrual syndrome, Fibromyalgia.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects are typically mild but may include nausea, constipation, gas, drowsiness, or a decreased sex drive.
Nausea, should it occur, commonly disappears after a few days.