What's 5-htp, and is it an implication for weight control, social anxiety, and depression?

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5-HTP is a precursor to tryptophan the amino acid used to create serotonin. The National Institute of Health Recommends not to use 5-HTP until more is known. 5-HTP might be UNSAFE. Some people who have taken it have come down with eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS), a serious condition involving extreme muscle tenderness (myalgia) and blood abnormalities (eosinophilia).
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