Category Archives: L-tryptophan

Dietary Tryptophan as a Treatment For Anxiety

Anxiety may be caused in some cases by dysfunctional serotonin synthesis. Increasing dietary intake of tryptophan may be a useful strategy in the treatment of anxiety because tryptophan is converted into serotonin. Supplemental tryptophan has been shown to increase brain … Continue reading

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Why Do Carbohydrate Foods Make You Tired?

Many people are aware that high carbohydrate foods can make them drowsy. The reason for this is well understood and relates to the way that carbohydrate foods cause the release of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for … Continue reading

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Tryptophan And Depression

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Chromium As A Treatment for Depression

Chromium is an essential trace mineral required for human health. Current studies suggest that the chromium intake of Western countries is too low and many individuals are at risk of subclinical deficiencies. This relates to the poor quality of the … Continue reading

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L-Tryptophan: The Blood Brain Connection

L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid. This means that the body cannot synthesis the amino acid, and so a dietary source must be provided for life to proceed. L-tryptophan has a number of interesting functions, one of which is its … Continue reading

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Can you Control Anxiety With Diet?

The modern Western World appears to have created an epidemic of anxiety. This likely relates to the hectic nature of our existence, something which many are not able to cope with over the long term. Anxiety is difficult to define, … Continue reading

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Are Low L-Tryptophan Levels a Cause of Aggression?

L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid required for normal human metabolic regulation. There is current interest in L-tryptophan because it has been shown that low levels of plasma tryptophan may be involved in the development of depression. This relates to … Continue reading

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L-Tryptophan for Sleep

Insomnia is a common problem for adults in Western society. This is surprising because modern life is hectic and tiring and therefore it would be expected that sleep should not be a problem with such a lifestyle. However, increasingly insomnia … Continue reading

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Insomnia and L-Tryptophan Depletion

L-tryptophan is an an essential amino acid required for the production of serotonin in the neurones of the brain. In this role, tryptophan crosses the blood brain barrier and is converted to 5-hydroxytryptophan by the enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase, also the … Continue reading

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Abnormal Tryptophan Metabolism Associated With Mental Disorder

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that fulfils two main roles in human nutrition. Firstly, tryptophan can be converted to niacin, a member of the B vitamin family of vitamins and dietary tryptophan is therefore an important source of niacin … Continue reading

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