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|Can Melatonin and 5-HTP Work Together To Help Sleep? |
In fact, a relationship between certain chemicals and something that is very delicate but accurate cause good health among human beings. The ingredients made by your body and the diets you eat help in developing certain neurotransmitters which help in keeping you fit and this process is promoted or inclined with the help of certain diet supplements which people usually consume to keep them healthy. Similar effect can be seen with the products which are made with the combination of melatonin and 5-HTP through a chemical process, even though they work differently. The combination of these two elements may produce some unexpected results for certain health problems like sleep disorders.
Functioning of Melatonin
The sleep-wake cycle of your body is regulated naturally with a natural substance known as Melatonin. The pineal gland, located in one's brain help in producing and releasing most of the melatonin which gets synthesized with L-Tryptopan and Amino acid in the body. L-tryptophan is first of all gets converted to 5-HTP, which further produces serotonin, which gets metabolized to form melatonin. Though melatonin does not work as neurotransmitter to serotonin but it interacts with its own receptors in one's brain to help in initiating his sleep cycle.
Functioning of 5-HTP
5-HTP amino acid is not used directly by your body. There are several other substances produced by your body like serotonin with 5-HTP which help it to benefit the functioning of your body. Serotonin works as neurotransmitter which helps 5-HTP to resolve the health disorders of nervous system, gastrointestinal, skeletal issues, psychological and cardiovascular health. Severally 5-HTP supplements are used to help sleep disorders due to the mood elevating, anti-anxiety and antidepressant features of serotonin present in these supplements and help in making a sound sleep possible. Though the food you eat help in producing very little quantity of 5-HTP but the tryptophan found in meat, eggs, dairy products and fish help your body to produce most of the 5HTP needed by it.
Effectiveness of combination of Melatonin and 5-HTP
The combination of melatonin and 5-HTP directly produce no harmful effect on one's health, depending upon the relationship between serotonin and melatonin. The supplements containing 5-HTP does not help in increasing the level of melatonin directly and whereas serotonin help in producing melatonin.
Moreover the sedative effect of melatonin become more obvious when used in combination to the medicines like over-the-counter sleep aids, hops, kava, Valerian, catnip, numbing antihistamines and drugs prescribed for nervous system-depressing effects etc. that trigger drowsiness.
Thus, Melatonin and 5-HTP work together to help sleep disorders. People of any age suffering from sleeping disorder could take the help of these two to get cured.