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Losing weight can be a long and difficult process. Not only do you have to exercise self-restraint through sticking to a strict diet, but you also have to push yourself to exercise at the same time. This can be both physically and mentally draining for most people, especially when you have to keep it up for a prolonged period of time.

The struggle that comes with losing weight often causes a lot of people to turn to commercial weight loss supplements for help. Although many of these can effectively help you lose weight, most of them are accompanied by a long list of unpleasant and even harmful side effects. Thankfully, there is one supplement available that can help you lose weight simply by improving the quality of your life, and it doesn’t come with all of the side effects of typical weight loss supplements.

5-HTP

5-HTP, otherwise known as 5-Hydroxytryptophan, is a byproduct of the protein L-tryptophan. It is usually produced using the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia.

5-HTP assists in weight loss by working in the brain and central nervous system to naturally increase the production of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. This effect can assist in weight loss indirectly through a variety of ways.

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This is in contrast to typical weight loss supplements as many of them try to directly induce weight loss by creating drugs that effect the body’s digestive tract and metabolism. This is usually the cause behind the various side effects that come along with them.

Here are some of the ways that 5-HTP can help you lose weight.

Boosts Mood

Most of the time, our willingness to stick to our healthy diet and push ourselves to exercise comes from being in a good mood. When you don’t feel like the best version of yourself mentally and emotionally it can be very hard to find the motivation you need to lose weight.

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5-HTP can help you get over these ruts by boosting your serotonin levels and reducing any depressive symptoms you might be feeling. Research has shown that taking oral doses of 5-HTP by mouth for two to four weeks can help improve symptoms of depression. This can really come in handy when trying to stick to your weight loss regimen during the colder seasons, when seasonal affective disorder may be draining you of your motivation.

Improves Sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to losing weight. One of the more obvious reasons is that you need enough sleep to have the necessary amount of energy to exercise and burn calories. Another reason that less people may be aware of is that sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on your metabolism, causing your body to store calories as body fat rather than burning them off throughout the day.

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5-HTP can help you get the right amount of sleep by making you fall and stay asleep faster. One study found that people who took 200-400 milligrams of 5-HTP went to sleep quicker and slept more deeply than the control group that only took a placebo. 5-HTP can ensure that you get enough sleep to healthily lose weight.

Curbs Hunger Cravings

A lot of the time we can completely destroy a good day of being healthy by giving in to hunger cravings. These cravings can range from the desire for sugar, carbs or salty and savory snacks, and, like a drug addict relapsing, they can derail us from the healthy lifestyle the we were previously taking part in for days or even weeks at a time.

5-HTP can help you get rid of these hunger cravings so you don’t have to experience the struggle of wanting to eat your favorite junk food. One study observed the effects that consuming 5-HTP had on 19 obese women between the ages of 30 and 40. The study found that consumption of 5-HTP resulted in a decreased intake of food from the subjects, leading researchers to believe that it was able to increase satiety and reduce hunger cravings.

How To Get 5-HTP

5-HTP can be found in most drug or health food stores, or bought online, and they generally cost between $10 to $20 per bottle. Make sure that it is labelled “Pure 5-HTP” or “Griffonia simplicifolia extract” on the bottle. Consult with your doctor to make sure taking 5-HTP is right for you.

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http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/herbal-remedies

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/5hydroxytryptophan-5htp

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2468734

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/lack-of-sleep-weight-gain

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