5-HTP is a chemical that the body makes from tryptophan (an essential amino acid, which has to be obtained through food). After tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP, it is then converted into another chemical called serotonin (a neurotransmitter, which relays signals between brain cells). My current understanding is that serotonin specifically regulates circadian patterns of eating (i.e. three times a day) by activating satiety neurons in the medial hypothalamus.
However, when under stress the hormone cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and I understand that this, when combined with tryptophan also increases the likelihood of liver damage and bladder cancer? Is this true?
The amino acid tryptophan occurs is found in turkey, chicken, milk, turnip and collard greens and seaweed.