5-HTP Subdues Arthritis

Tryptophan is essential for humans, and a deficiency of this amino acid can lead to serious emotional imbalances as well as diminished neural health. That’s because tryptophan or its metabolite 5-HTP is needed by the body to synthesize serotonin, a major calming neurotransmitter.

Of the two pathways that input tryptophan or 5-HTP, one produces serotonin and the other kynurenine. In a new study, Taiwan researchers show that 5-HTP can suppress inflammatory responses and help with rheumatoid arthritis. The study showed that mice with a higher arthritis score were more likely to have high serum levels of kynurenine and low levels of serotonin. The results were similar for humans.

5-HTP has also been found to be helpful for asthma, depression, obesity, headaches, fibromyalgia, and insomnia.

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