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5-HTTP: A dark horse raw material in the sleep aid market

May 27, 2021

5-HTP is a precursor substance of serotonin and a metabolite of L-tryptophan. It is currently a "dark horse" raw material in the American sleep aid market. In 2017, market sales increased by 38% compared to the previous year. In 2017, its sales in the form of tablets increased by 162% compared to 2016, from US$321,000 in 2016 to US$841,000 in 2017.

5-HTTP A dark horse raw material in the sleep aid market

The “Michigan Medical Website” of the University of Michigan in the United States rated 5-HTP as 2 stars in the treatment of insomnia and sleep disorders. This star rating is one of the supplementary ways to evaluate the health effects of the raw material to show that the raw material is in certain health conditions and quality of scientific research under the 5-HTP can be converted into serotonin in the human body, which is an important substance for normal nerve and brain function. Studies have found that serotonin plays an important role in sleep, emotion and other body functions. Insomnia is related to the lack of tryptophan in the brain tissue, so it can be used as a supplement.

At present, one of the most popular sleep aid ingredients for consumers includes 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). According to World Health Organization data, about 27% of people in the world have sleep disorders, and the incidence of insomnia in the United States is 32%-50 %, more and more Americans are unable to sleep at night. This situation has given birth to the rise and development of sleep aid markets, including drugs, dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages, and high-tech auxiliary products.


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