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Dr. Paul Newhouse
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Tryptophan (Overview)

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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What foods contain tryptophan?

What foods contain tryptophan?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Newhouse
242 doctors shared insights

Tryptophan (Overview)

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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Is tryptophan beneficial?

Is tryptophan beneficial?

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. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take my protein shake (100mg of tryptophan each) 2 times a day while on 10mg escitalopram.

Is it safe to take my protein shake (100mg of tryptophan each) 2 times a day while on 10mg escitalopram.

Difficult to say.: Some of that tryptophan will be converted to serotonin. How much depends upon the absorption and breakdown and the bioavailability of the tryptophan. Too much tryptophan can give you serotonergic syndrome at manifesting in stiff muscles elevated temperature elevated heart rate elevated blood pressure and confusion. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 4, 000mg of tryptophan every day long term and is it available as a prescription or just otc? Thanks!

Trypothan: Has been touted as a treatment for many disorders, but benefit and efficacy are not proven. Generally, doses are less than 1/10 of what you mentioned. Therefore, there is no data to suggest if that dose is safe, but even much smaller doses have potential toxicity and can interact with multiple medications and supplements. Best to avoid and not get medical info from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a protein supplement with very low to no tryptophan in it?

Is it possible to have a protein supplement with very low to no tryptophan in it?

Doesn't matter: Since there's no need to take protein supplements unless you have endstage renal or hepatic disease or cancer. Otherwise, you're wasting your money and the "protein" gets broken down into calories anyway. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. Eat a healthy diet instead and you don't need extra anything. ...Read more

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Is tryptophan beneficial?

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. ...Read more

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What foods contain tryptophan?

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. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of tryptophan last?

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. ...Read more

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What nut or seed has the highest tryptophan?

Sesame seeds: Tryptophan is highest in sesame seeds, then sunflower seeds, then pumpkin seeds, then peanuts. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tryptophan?

What is the definition or description of: tryptophan?

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. ...Read more

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How much time do the effects of tryptophan (from eating turkey) last?

Turkey: Go ahead and enjoy your turkey. Tryptophan should not do you much - if any - harm. Just don't overload yourself with turkey, and even then there is limited side effects. ...Read more

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Does l tryptophan need to be prescribed or can be buy over the counter?

Over counter: This is an item you can find in most "health food" stores. It does not require a prescription. ...Read more

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Is tryptophan effective for sleep?

Is tryptophan effective for sleep?

Tryptophan: Tryptophan is an Amino Acid that can be bought over-the-counter without prescription and helps some people with sleep. It is in high content in some foods such as turkey and high consumption can have the same effect. The research evidence is mixed and it does not meet the criteria of the fda for treatment of sleep problems. However, given that it is generally very safe it is probably worth a try. ...Read more

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Is l tryptophan good for seniors ?

Is l tryptophan  good for seniors ?

No risk: This can be taken at any age, but I don't know what your purpose for taking it is? You may contact me at www.drkusher.com. ...Read more

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Is tryptophan a sleep-inducing substance?

Herbs for sleep: In general yes. What they say about thanksgiving turkey is true. It is not a recommended otc herb because it can also be very harmful in high doses and years ago a tainted batch caused numerous cases of parkinson's disease. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can I take tryptophan while taking percocet?

Medicines: Please never take tryptophan while taking Percocet - have your doctor decide what meds to use. Regarding your pain, headaches, and chest pain please discuss this with your primary doctor. Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Should I take 5htp for depression or tryptophan?

Should I take 5htp for depression or tryptophan?

Neither: Frankly, there is little evidence that either chemical treats depression. Both substances may get absorbed from the intestine, but they don't change brain levels of serotonin. Even if they did, depression is much more complicated than 'low serotonin'. Many people get a placebo boost from taking such products, double blind studies don't show them to be effective. ...Read more

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