When we have optimal level of Serotonin within our brain we don’t overeat carbohydrates or overdrink alcohol and we sleep well.
Plus, we feel:
Caring & loving
Able to concentrate
As we get older and with our daily stresses our levels of serotonin are compromised, which can result in low mood, anxiety, insomnia, cravings and weight gain.
Serotonin is made in the body, but it needs enough raw materials to be produced. In brief, serotonin is made from amino acids (proteins) called Tryptophan (foods high in tryptophan include eggs, cheese, tofu, salmon, nuts and seeds and turkey). Tryptophan is broken down in to 5HTP and this is changed into serotonin.
Unfortunately, many things inhibit or reduce the rate of conversion to 5HTP and these include stress, sluggish liver function, low levels of B vitamins (especially B6 and B3), low magnesium levels and insensitivity to insulin. Hence the reason for this blog because these tend to be issues for those who are overweight!
So, think about taking a 5HTP supplement to help you stick with your healthy eating programme and build long-term weight-loss success. It can help reduce your appetite and cravings for carbohydrates/alcohol (Ceci et al. 1989). The best time to take it for weight loss is in the morning or about 30 minutes before meals. Take it on an empty stomach to help it be absorbed faster and to increase the effects.
If boosting your mood is your priority linked to overcoming emotional eating, take a 5-HTP supplement any time you’re feeling a little low.
If you want to improve your sleep so that you have more energy for weight-loss, it’s a good idea to take 5-HTP around an hour before going to sleep. Your brain converts 5-HTP to both serotonin and melatonin (S Esteban et al., 2004 Dec); which is responsible for healthy sleeping patterns.
This can really help!
I like the Cytoplan supplement because it contains B6 and magnesium which is a great combination to boost the mood-boosting effects. CLICK HERE FOR CYTOPLAN
DON’T TAKE WITH ANTI-DEPRESSENTS (AS THEY DO THE SAME JOB) & DON’T TAKE IF PREGNANT.
1. Cangiano, C., Ceci, F., Cascino, A., Del Ben, M., Laviano, A., Muscaritoli, M., … & Rossi-Fanelli, F. (1992). Eating behavior and adherence to dietary prescriptions in obese adult subjects treated with 5-hydroxytryptophan. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 56(5), 863-867.
2. Effect of orally administered L-tryptophan on serotonin, melatonin, and the innate immune response in the rat, S Esteban et al., Mol Cell Biochem. 2004 Dec;267(1-2):39-46.
3. The effects of oral 5-hydroxytryptophan administration on feeding behavior in obese adult female subjects, F Ceci et al., J Neural Transm. 1989;76(2):109-17.