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​Boosting your happy brain chemistry with 5-HTP

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From job interviews, to exams, to moving home: life is full of stresses and strains that can adversely affect our energy levels, mood and sleep patterns. While we all have different triggers, the effects are generally the same for all of us: fatigue, anxiety and low mood.

Sound familiar? It’s a miserable feeling.

Why does stress make us feel like this?

It’s largely down to one chemical in the brain and gut: serotonin. Also known as ‘nature’s happy hormone’, serotonin is essential for many aspects of our daily lives, such as sleep, appetite, memory and mood.

When we’re stressed, our brains create large amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol, which robs us of serotonin, leaving us feeling out of sorts.

A helping hand from nature

The fact you’re reading this blog means you’re looking for something natural to perk you up and make you feel fabulous again. Well, there are plenty of ways to boost your serotonin, levels, such as diet, exercise and good stress management. But while all of these are great options, they can take some time to show results. And let’s face it, you want to feel good now.

The good news is that it’s possible to top up the serotonin tank straight away, without the need for prescription drugs or therapy. How? With a healthy dose of nature’s best mood enhancer:

5–hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP).

What’s so good about 5-HTP?

5-HTP is a naturally occurring amino acid in the body, and it’s used to regulate the amount of serotonin produced in the brain and central nervous system.

As it’s produced internally, 5-HTP is not found in foods we eat, but 5-HTP supplements are widely available. 5-HTP capsules are an easy, convenient and 100% natural way to enhance your mood, soothe anxiety and improve your sleep. Made from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia simplicifolia, these capsules use a specially developed process to retain as much of the active components of 5-HTP as possible, which means you’ll feel like your old self in no time.

If you make 5-HTP a regular part of your life, the next time someone says “calm down,” you can guarantee it won’t be directed at you. 

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