5-HTP, a nutritional supplement, is one of the supplements that are being considered as a treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The name of the supplement is derived from “5-Hydroxytryptophan”, a type of amino acid that the body can produce naturally. You have probably heard of tryptophan as a substance from turkey which is believed to make a person calm. The 5-Hydroxytryptophan is related to that.
5-HTP plays several roles in your body. However, the one role that is linked to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome is that it is one of the components that your body uses to produce serotonin. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter and works as a messenger in the brain. It is also known as the happy hormone.