Mood Mender contains 200 mg of  5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which is a naturally occurring amino acid in the human body and is responsible for enhancing serotonin levels (1). 5-HTP is a precursor to serotonin and a byproduct of tryptophan. It can be found naturally in plants such as griffonia simplicifolia which is an African shrub used in traditional medicine (2). 5-HTP supplementation has shown that it can enhance emotional support, stress support, sleep quality, and metabolism (1).

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in the modulation of mood, cognition, reward, learning, memory, sleep and numerous other physiological processes (1). 5-HTP supplementation has been proven to enhance serotonin and therefore may be an effective tool for emotional support (3). A study compared the treatment of the known anti-depression drug fluoxetine with 5-HTP. It was found that 5-HTP was as effective as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and was proven within 2 weeks of administration (4).

5-HTP supplementation can help regulate both serotonin and melatonin in normal ranges, which may enhance sleep quality and quantity (5). Several scientifically rigorous studies found that 5-hydroxytryptophan supplementation may improve sleep onset time, sleep latency, enhance the duration of sleep, and improve the quality of sleep (6)(7).

The neurotransmitter serotonin significantly contributes to the regulation of food intake and appetite behavior (8). However, inadequate levels of serotonin could lead to signal malfunction and disordered eating patterns (9). In animal studies, 5-HTP enhanced appetite support and body enhancement (10). A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial performed on 20 overweight women found that 5-HTP supplementation could be supplemented and promote the feeling of satiety associated with enhanced metabolism (11).

Remix Nutrition: Mood Mender can help regulate your food cravings and sleep patterns.