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Doctor insights on: Tryptophan Foods

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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
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Tryptophan (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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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