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Why is Tryptophan Important?





Why is tryptophan important?

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Tryptophan is an essential amino acid deemed important for its role in maintaining a lot of health functions, but primarily creating serotonin and melatonin. (Wu, 2009, pg. 1)

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Serotonin is involved in acting in various functions across our body including :

- Neural activity including stabilizing mood

- Cardiovascular function

- Bowel motility

- Bladder control

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When our body runs low on this neurotransmitter, it has been associated with depression.

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One study showed that “significantly reduced plasma levels of free tryptophan were seen in depressive patients” (Coppen et al., 1973)

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Meanwhile, melatonin is a hormone naturally found in the body.

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However, once serotonin has been produced from tryptophan it can be converted to melatonin which has been highly correlated to improving sleep.

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Research has demonstrated that eating tryptophan rich foods can help individuals fall asleep faster and maintain a sleep for longer periods of time. (Fukushige et. al, 2014)

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A study found that “tryptophan intake at breakfast combined with daytime light exposure on melatonin secretion and sleep quality. Evening saliva melatonin secretion changed significantly” (Fukushige et. al, 2014)

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Add these to your nutrition to increase tryptophan and boost your mood and sleep:

🌿Yogurt

🌿Fish

🌿Turkey meat

🌿Walnut ...& more

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