The supplement 5-HTP has been around for some time. I studied about it while becoming certified as a fitness trainer a few years back.
It helped athletes and body builders with soreness, at the same time helping them take the edge off after a day at the gym, encouraging sleep.
What does this mean for you, the fibromyalgia sufferer/chronic fatigue sufferer?
Well, at this point it s a step in the right direction, and that is always welcomed. It is good news for your chronic muscle pain and fibromyalgia trigger points.
It has been tested on other fibro sufferers, and it has been shown to reduce the pain and assist with the sleep many of you are missing.
So what exactly is it??? It is a natural over the counter health supplement.
It stands for 5-hydroxy L-tryptophan, and it works because it is able to convert itself into SEROTONIN.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which plays a useful role in our brains.
Serotonin is very important since it ensures positive mood altering chemicals to be set off in each of us. It also encourages healthy stage 4 sleep.
Fibromyalgia sufferers are notorious for having low serotonin levels.
One way to increase your levels is through Exercise.
The other way is through natural supplementation.
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5-HTP does not just help sufferers with sleep disorders. It has also shown to help with eating disorders, insomnia, and depression.
Since many sufferers also have some form of Chronic fatigue syndrome, it is also associated with helping these symptoms as well.
A 90 day study conducted on the effects of 5-hydroxy l-tryptophan on 50 fibromyalgia suffers, published in the Journal of International Medical Research, found that there were Good or Fair improvements in 50 percent of the sufferers. These sufferers ranged in the ages from 18-65.
Now remember, I am not affiliated with any supplement company and make absolutely no money from giving you this information.
I am just giving you the facts.
I have used the supplement Melatonin in the past with great results.
Natural supplements like 5-HTP and Melatonin, seem to be beneficial to fibromyalgia suffers and are definitely worth looking into.
These can all be store bought over the counter.
The sufferers in the above mentioned study were given 100 milligrams three times a day.
Continue your research, and as always advise your Doctors.
Be Well!From 5-HTP to fibromyalgia fitness
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