Serotonin-boosting food supplement 5-HTP can offer more benefits than Anti-depressents

Recent research in to reported uses of the serotonin-boosting food supplement 5-HTP finds that 83% of women with depression rate 5-HTP as either 4 or 5 out of 5 for its effectiveness, with people finding a wide range of uses for the supplement.The serotonin-boosting food supplement 5-HTP, which is naturally found in the West African shrub Griffonia Simplicifolia, is being regularly used for a broad range of reasons, with over 50% of all respondents suffering with depression or anxiety.


Based on data from 312 users of 5-HTP, gathered on the popular health community website WebMD, research was compiled to assess the purpose and length of use of 5-HTP, perceived effectiveness, ease of use, overall satisfaction, and also qualitative feedback.

An infographic was created to illustrate the research.

Key findings:

  • 54% of all users surveyed were suffering from depression or anxiety.
  • 73% of all users of 5-HTP were between 35 and 64 years of age.
  • 83% of all women with depression rated 5-HTP as either 4 or 5 out of 5 for effectiveness.
  • 91% of users with menopausal anxiety rated 5-HTP as either 4 or 5 out of 5 for effectiveness.
  • Three quarters of all 5-HTP users rated 5-HTP as either 4 or 5 out of 5 for effectiveness.


5-HTP has also been shown to be taken by people with a range of depression or anxiety related issues such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – feeling down or depressed in the dark winter months. With the nights beginning to draw in before winter, it is expected that 5-HTP will be taken in ever increasing numbers this year to help people boost their serotonin levels.