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Is tryptophan a sleep-inducing substance?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry

In brief: Hardly

Only in so far as it is a precursor to melatonin (and serotonin).
It also carries the risk of causing eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. And serotonin can cause insomnia. There is hardly enough tryptophan in turkey to cause sleepiness. Stick with melatonin if you want a natural sleep agent. Be aware that herbals are not regulated like rx meds and there is variability in the quality of what you get.

In brief: Hardly

Only in so far as it is a precursor to melatonin (and serotonin).
It also carries the risk of causing eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome. And serotonin can cause insomnia. There is hardly enough tryptophan in turkey to cause sleepiness. Stick with melatonin if you want a natural sleep agent. Be aware that herbals are not regulated like rx meds and there is variability in the quality of what you get.
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox
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