Melatonin is an important hormone. It is also called sleep hormone because it controls the day-night rhythm in the human body. The hormone is produced by the nerve messenger serotonin. The sleep hormone is secreted in the pineal gland of our midbrain. Small amounts of melatonin can also be produced in the digestive tract and on the skin.
If you want to increase your serotonin level, the first thing that often comes to mind is the additional intake of L-tryptophan. Since tryptophane itself can only overcome the blood-brain barrier to a limited extent, this effect is usually limited. 5-Hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP for short, is the intermediate stage of tryptophan and serotonin. In contrast to tryptophane, 5-HTP can cross the blood-brain barrier without any problems and is directly converted to serotonin in the brain. In this blog post you will find out everything about the effect, dosage, side effects and important facts about 5-HTP.