Modulates the levels of serotonin, an important monoamine neurotransmitter.
5-hydroxytryptophan is a more potent in vitro hydroxyl radical scavenger than melatonin or vitamin C.
Hydroxyl radicals are involved in direct damage of important biomolecules. Potent radical scavengers such as vitamin C and indoles of the tryptophan family can avert the potential damage. Melatonin and its precursor 5-hydroxytryptophan were compared with water-soluble vitamin C. 5HTP showed highest hydroxyl radical scavenging effects.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
We have not seen any good 5HTP studies in regards to ADHD treatment in children or adults.
Migraines and Headaches
Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed for migraine headaches. Some studies suggest that high doses of 5-HTP may help people with various types of headaches, including migraines.
Studies suggested that 5-HTP can improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, including pain, anxiety, morning stiffness, and fatigue. Many people with fibromyalgia have low levels of serotonin, and doctors often prescribe antidepressants. Since 5-HTP, like antidepressants, raises levels of serotonin in the brain, it may work too.
Most people who take a 5HTP supplement notice a reduction in anxiety symptoms. Others respond better to herbs such as passionflower, kava, or the amino acids theanine or tryptophan.
In numerous studies, people who took 5-HTP went to sleep quicker and slept more deeply than those who took placebo. These researchers recommend slightly higher dosages than usually utilized at night to stimulate serotonin, but it may take several weeks to be fully effective.
Most people who take 5HTP notice better mood. Many with mild or moderate depression have noticed improved symptoms. Mild depression could respond to 25 mg taken daily. A higher dosage of 50 to 150 mg may be required for more moderate cases of depression although the risk for side effects increases if the 100 mg dosage is exceeded. Some people prefer using 5-HTP, others prefer using Tryptophan, and still others find more benefit from St. John’s wort . It’s a matter of personal experience and preference.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
Stinging nettle root is used to treat BPH. Stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), is effective at relieving symptoms, such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate. These symptoms are caused by the enlarged prostate gland pressing on the urethra. Studies have shown stinging nettle to be comparable to finasteride (a medication commonly prescribed for BPH) in slowing the growth of certain prostate cells.
It is used to treat anemia since nettle leaves contain high amount of iron content.
Allergens & Inflammation
Effective at reducing sneezing and itching in people with hay fever. Researchers think that may be due to nettle’s ability to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to allergens.
Used to treat arthritis and sore muscles. Its diuretic action alkalizes and releases uric acid from the joints of patients, eliminating pain.
Used orally for its hair strengthening properties.
Nettle leaf is effective at reducing symptoms of the digestive tract ranging from acid reflux, excess gas, nausea, colitis and Celiac disease. Additionally, it’s medicinal action on mucous membranes makes it an effective herbal treatment for sore throats, swollen hemorrhoids, nose bleeds and mouth sores.