Over the past 40 years number of clinical trials have indicated that 5-HTP may be useful for a broad range of health problems. Ironically, however, 5-HTP does not perform any specific function within the body. 5-HTP actually acts within the body as a raw material, used by some cells within the body to make the important neurotransmitter Serotonin. Therefore when looking at the benefits of 5-HTP we are in essence looking at the benefits of Serotonin. It helps with memory and mood. It improves alertness and focus. It also may help with weight management and helps with migraines and headaches. It also contains magnesium, vitamins B3, B5 and B6.