The Griffonia simplicifolia is a native vine of West Africa and Central Africa. Its green flowers that produce black pods contain 5HTP (3 to 7%), an amino acid that is transformed in the body into serotonin, the hormone of happiness.
5-HTP is an amino acid that our body produces from another amino acid, tryptophan, found in proteins.
Tryptophan is found in foods such as meat, fish, legumes, nuts and dairy products. Once absorbed, 5-HTP crosses the blood-brain barrier and transforms into the brain into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a critical role in regulating mood, anxiety, appetite, and sleep .
1 / Depression, stress, uneven mood; in the United States, about thirty studies were conducted to measure the effectiveness of 5HTP to treat depression in the 1980s. They conclude to a certain effectiveness, but a priori less than the most prescribed chemical antidepressants.
3 / Maintenance of the cardiovascular system.
4 / Weight problems: clinical trials show that 5HTP acts as a “hunger cutter”.
A plant that would give a smile.
It is often taken as a dietary supplement by people who want to relieve depression, recurrent insomnia and weight problems in a natural way.
With this plant, side effects are limited, inevitable and sometimes almost as heavy as the symptoms themselves with synthetic drugs.
Nevertheless, if Griffonia simplicifolia is natural, its consumption is still not without risk.
The biggest disadvantage reported is probably the nausea that the plant can cause in some.
On the other hand, a large part of food supplements containing Griffonia simplicifolia extracts also contain caffeine, which can be a problem for people who do not support it.
Warning: the plant is contraindicated for epileptics, pregnant or breastfeeding women, bipolar depressives or as part of a chemical antidepressant.