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how long do the effects of tryptophan last?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Not sure what you me: Tryptophan is an Amino Acid present in many foods. It is also available as a supplement were it has absolutely no use. Unless you took an overdose of a health store supplement, there are no real effects. If you did overdose, it should wear off quickly unless you keep abusing it.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What foods contain tryptophan?

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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
A lot: Many foods contain tryptophan, an essential Amino Acid that you can only get through diet. Chicken and turkey both have tryptophan. It is required for the production of melatonin, a critical compound for our circadian sleep rhythms. Many people believe that tryptophan induces sleep, while usually it is the large fatty meals that make us feel tired and not the ingestion of tryptophan alone.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is tryptophan beneficial?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It can be.: Tryptophan has been noted to benefit sleep, seasonal affective disorder, enhance mood, amplify effects of antidepressants and help with premenstrual mood swings.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What is eating or taking tryptophan helpful for?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
A variety of things: Tryptophan has been noted to benefit sleep, seasonal affective disorder, mood enhancement, amplifying effects of antidepressants and help with premenstrual mood swings.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: tryptophan?

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Dr. Tracie Leonhardt
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Tryptophan : Tryptophan is an amino acid. It is the precursor to the production of serotonin. The GI system will convert tryptophan to 5 hydroxytrptophan to cross the blood brain barrier and then convert the 5htp into serotonin. It does many other things in the body, but this is what it is most known for.

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