Griffonia simplicifolia is a woody climbing shrub native to Western Africa and Central Africa. It grows to about 3m, and bears greenish flowers followed by black pods.
The main active component in Griffonia Simplicifolia is 5-HTP, the immediate biological precursors to serotonin and melatonin.
5-HTP is considered the most likely component behind the reported mood, weight loss, and sleep benefits of this plant.
Health Benefits of Griffonia Simplicifolia includes:
1. Depression: 5-HTP in Griffonia Simplicifolia is known for it's antidepressive effects, improving mood disorders (such as , depression) by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. 5-HTP improved symptoms of 15 women with drug resistant depression.
2. Sleep: 5-HTP reduces the severity of insomnia
3.Motion Sickness: Motion sickness is a serotonin related condition. In a study of 254 children, a complex of Griffonia Simplicifolia and magnesium (50mg and 200mg respectively) twice a day reduced motion sickness symptoms.
4. Appetite: Griffonia Simplicifolia extract and 5-HTP spray increased feelings of fullness (satiety)
5. Weight Loss: Taking 5-HTP may support behaviours that help a person loss weight or maintain a healthy weight.
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