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Griffonia and the 5 htp side effects

Griffonia and 5htp side effects

Griffonia Simplicifolia

It has been said and written a lot about a Griffonia seed extract and the amino-acid 5htp. First let’s see the medicinal properties of this  new phenomenon in  losing  weight and afterwards we have look at 5 htp side effects.

  • Griffonia simplicifolia plant has been used since ancient times in African countries such as Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast as a medicine, but especially as ancestral form of food, aspect that has provided researchers a great source of information regarding results and also regarding the safety of prolonged use.
  • The seeds of Griffonia are easily digested and about three-quarters of its ingredients, including 5htp, pass directly into the blood. For this reason, other amino acids present in the diet do not interfere with its absorption and, unlike tryptophan, can be taken with meals.
  • The seed of Griffonia is a natural source of 5htp an amino acid essential for the production of serotonin, which helps relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is also stated that this extract can help suppress appetite and pain sensation.
  • 5htp is an extract of Griffonia seeds. 5htp, 5 -hydroxy tryptophane is an significant building factor to create serotonin, an important neurotransmitter that controls several vital processes in the body, including sleep, emotional stability and sensitivity to pain. A lack of this neurotransmitter is a crucial factor for depression, insomnia, anxiety, migraine and an increased appetite.
  • Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates the central nervous system it is reducing the anxiety and is also acting on the appetite center.
  • In certain situations of overweight or obese, there is less presence of 5-HTP, which leads to decrease of serotonin concentration. This is associated with increased consumption of food rich in carbohydrates and conduct people to overeat.
  • Many people who eat ice cream, chocolate or other sweets in stressful times or depressed are instinctively trying to take more tryptophan to increase serotonin levels. Unfortunately it requires large amounts of these nutrients with high content of sugar and calories to feel the increased level of serotonin.
  • It has been observed that the 5-HTP intake decreases these symptoms and signs, with a dramatic consequence in losing weight.
    Griffonia and 5htp side effects

    Griffonia Seeds

You can take an infusion of the herb Griffonia simplicifolia, or you can try some of the weight  loss supplements which contain pure 5htp and increase so levels of serotonin and by this reduce the hunger and anxiety for sweet foods.

Let’s talk now about 5 htp side effects. Are there some? Is it safe to take these supplements in a long term?

  • We have to use the common sense.
  • Many of the supplements have some side effects even if the symptoms are minor we have to keep them in mind. As for the possible 5 htp side effects on humans we have to consider that 5htp has not been studied exhaustively in clinical settings.
  • Diarrhea and vomiting have been observed upon administration of 5htp, also the supplement may cause drowsiness.


  • Always consult your doctor before using any 5htp supplement, especially if you are pregnant or breast feeding, if you are using MAO inhibitors, antidepressants or other drugs. And don’t forget to keep it out of reach of children.
  • Remember that these data are merely informative, only your physician is who may recommend a dietary supplement for weight loss.