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Griffonia simplicifolia is a shrub, also known as Griffonia, native to Central Africa, which has large amounts of 5-hydroxytryptophan, which is a precursor substance of serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of well being.
The extract of this plant can be used as an aid in the treatment of sleep disorders, anxiety and endogenous depression.
What is it for
Generally speaking, serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, sleep, sexual activity, appetite, circadian rhythm, body temperature, pain sensitivity, motor activity and cognitive functions.
Because it contains tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin, Griffonia simplicifolia helps in the treatment of sleep disorders, anxiety and endogenous depression.
In addition, this medicinal plant can also be used to fight obesity, since 5-hydroxytryptophan is a substance that reduces the appetite for sweet and fatty foods.
How to use
The parts used of Griffonia simplicifolia are its leaves and seeds to make teas and capsules.
Tea should be prepared as follows:
- 8 leaves of Griffonia simplicifolia;
- 1 L of water.
Place 8 leaves of the plant in 1 liter of boiling water and let it rest for about 15 minutes. Then, strain and drink up to 3 cups a day.
Capsules usually contain 50mg or 100mg of Griffonia simplicifolia extract and the recommended dosage is 1 capsule every 8 hours, preferably before main meals.
Possible side effects
The most common side effects that may occur during treatment with the Griffonia simplicifolia plant include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, especially if taken in excess.
Who should not use
Griffonia simplicifolia is contraindicated for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and people who are being treated with antidepressant drugs, such as fluoxetine or sertraline, for example.