Yes, some people find that 5-HTP supplements help them to lose weight.
5-HTP (5-hydroxytrytophan) is a naturally-occurring serotonin precursor. This means that, in order to produce serotonin, the crucial neurotransmitter which helps to control sleep, mood and hunger, 5-HTP is necessary. Sufficient protein in the diet is typically all it takes to ensure adequate levels of 5-HTP, however our modern lifestyles can result in low levels of serotonin as a result of stress, poor diet, or lack of exercise. If levels have been identified as insufficient, 5-HTP supplements are available; 5-HTP supplements are made from either the seeds of the African tree called Griffonia, or synthetically produced in chemical laboratories.
5-HTP causes improvements in important bodily functions and mood, which then has a positive knock-on effect on weight. 5-HTP has been found to help alleviate insomnia, excess appetite and low mood, all of which can lead to weight gain. By helping to reduce appetite, regulate sleep and boost mood, 5-HTP can therefore help you to lose weight. Furthermore, clinical trials have supported the positive outcome of weight loss and appetite suppression when 5-HTP supplementation was administered.
Medical studies have also found that combining 5-HTP and phentermine generally results in greater weight loss than would be observed with either medication alone. 5-HTP can also help to reduce the side effects of phentermine such as insomnia and low mood, meaning that you are less likely to stop taking phentermine due to these effects.
For these reasons, 5-HTP is often given to patients taking phentermine. Some medical professionals have made 5-HTP a compulsory element of their weight loss programs.