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Can 5-HTP Help With Appetite Control?
5-HTP or 5-Hydroxytyptophan is a type of amino acid which is noted to be the intermediate step between tryptophan and serotonin (an essential chemical needed for proper brain function).
Way back in the year 1975, various researchers’ demonstrated eagerness in conducting studies to find out how essential 5-HTP is for the body especially in reduction of food intake. It has been found out that the amino acid significantly decrease the activity of the enzymes responsible for the conversion of tryptophan in to 5-HTP and afterward to serotonin.
Many evidences could prove that various individuals are genetically at high risk of becoming obese. Because of this established fact, there is a great need to take measures to at least minimize the risk. One effectual way to reduce your risk of becoming obese is to hasten the conversion of tryptophan into 5-HTP which will then lead to lesser cravings for foods.
Experts did not stop from unleashing more information about 5-HTP. Series of studies were conducted at the University of Rome with overweight women as the subjects of the study. The first study that was launched, disclosed that 5-HTP has relevantly decreased caloric intake hence, have facilitated weight reduction even though the subjects did not exert any effort to lose weight. After monitoring, it was found out that individuals who were given with 5-HTP supplementation lost an average of more than three pounds.
The second study that was conducted was aimed to discover the efficacy of 5-HTP as a modality to help obese individuals to hold on with the dietary recommendations formulated for them. This study that lasted for twenty four weeks showed that individuals who were given with 5-HTP lost an average of 10.34 pounds whereas individuals who were just given with a placebo lost only an average of 2.28 pounds. The results are in accordance to the findings of the previous study that 5-HTP is really effective in facilitating weight loss by promoting satiety.
The third study that was conducted even showed more impressive results than the previous studies for various reasons. This particular study was divided in to two schemes (6 weeks per scheme) for the first six weeks, there were no dietary restrictions employed and for the second part, the subjects were only given 1,200 calorie per day diet. For the first six weeks of the study, individuals who were administered with 5-HTP were able to shed an average of 4.39 pounds and for the entire 12 weeks, a remarkable 11.63 pounds of weight loss was recorded. However, the placebo group only lost an average of 1.87 pounds for the entire 12 weeks of study.
With all the studies that were conducted about 5-HTP there is a common pattern that was established; subjects who were given with 5-HTP really lost more weight than those who were only given with a placebo. Respondents of the study were also in unison in saying that they became more satisfied with their meals even with just minimal intake.