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What Causes Depression?

What is Depression?

Depression is a condition where one feels low and teary, they may feel in a hopeless situation and may even experience suicidal tendencies.

Depression is often accompanied by other symptoms as well, usually the feelings of fatigue throughout the day or the inability to sleep at night, feeling no motivation to perform normal activities and unwanted weight loss or weight gain.

What Causes Depression?

Depression can be caused by situations that occur in life. It is normal to feel down about certain situations, like the death of a loved one, however feeling down all of the time or on a regular basis indicates a condition.

Traditional medicines refer to depression as a condition of sinking or deficient energy which a practitioner would prescribe herbal remedies to rectify and modern medical research refers to depression in terms of a hormonal imbalance, there are several hormones involved with staving off depression however the key hormone for stopping depression is serotonin.

How can I create more Serotonin?

The body should create its own serotonin however in some people this production becomes reduced, in this situation it helps to provide your body with a key building block to create serotonin. 5-Hydroxytryptophan, or 5HTP is an amino acid which the body utilizes to create serotonin, 

What does 5HTP do?

5E Lab’s 5HTP supplement is a high quality extract, extracted from the seeds of the Griffonia simplicifolia plant. This supplement allows for the body to increase it’s serotonin production helping to overcome depression.

As well as depression this supplement has also proved effective at helping with anxiety, anger and frustration and is considered one of the best supplements for harmonizing the mood and emotions.

Outside of the emotions 5HTP is also able to improve sleep quality and as such is best taken before bed.

Our 5HTP supplement is able to assist with appetite regulation also, being used both to assist weight gain in those with a poor appetite and satiating hunger in those that overeat to assist weight loss. For this reason 5HTP is commonly used to help with eating disorders.

Some evidence has shown that  5HTP is also able to alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia, fatigue, Parkinson's disease, Irritable bowel syndrome, Post traumatic Stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.