Found exclusively in West and Central Africa, the Griffonia simplicifolia plant has made a name for itself not only because it reaches 10 feet tall, but rather due to the extensive list of health benefits it has provided since ancient times. Now, to break this down, it is not the plant itself that offers the benefits, but the seed of the plant. The Griffonia seed is a black, dime-sized seed that contains the largest amount of the compound 5-HTP, making up nearly 20% of its composition. 5-HTP is a chemical that serves as a precursor to the synthesis of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, and sleep. When serotonin levels increase, feelings of anxiety and depression drop, feelings of well-being elevate, and you can count on a good night’s rest.
So, what does Griffonia Seed do? Let’s take a closer look…
Goodbye, anxiety. Hello, mindfulness—Due to its high concentration of 5-HTP, the Griffonia seed has been shown to reduce stress and create a sense of calmness, well-being, and confidence. Considered a natural mood stabilizer, the neurotransmitter’s regulating properties work by relaying communications from one part of the brain to another, creating a sense of balance and stability in the mind.
See you later, cravings—Griffonia seed diminishes hunger. You can thank serotonin for that one, too. Regulating messages transmitted in the brain, serotonin activates appetite-curbing neurons, while simultaneously blocking neurons acting to increase hunger sensations.
Catch up on your Zzz’s— Griffonia seed’s high levels of serotonin also promotes a healthy sleep cycle. Commonly used to treat insomnia, serotonin is synthesized by the pineal gland to produce melatonin, the hormone that ensures a good night’s rest. And while this amino acid regulates sleeping patterns, it does not make you drowsy.
How to use Griffonia seed
There are only a few ways to incorporate Griffonia seed into your diet. One method is adding Griffonia seed extract powder to your morning coffee, smoothies, or night time tea. Another option is through Griffonia seed capsules, where the recommended dose is taking one 100 mg pill per day. Other alternatives include an oral spray.
Our Torii Unwind formula unlocks the restorative benefits that the Griffonia seed has to offer. Paired with superfood ingredients such as bee pollen, fulvic acid, skullcap, and tart cherry, the Unwind formula is the ultimate relaxing combination. Incorporate Griffonia seed into your daily routine for a holistic, restorative method of regulating your mood, cravings, and sleep.