What is Tryptophan?
Tryptophan is an essentail amino acid that the body uses to synthisize the proteins it needs.
Tryptophan serves as a precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter which helps the body regulate appetite, mood, and also sleep patterns. It rasies seritonon levels and has been used theraputically in the treatment of conditions such as insomnia, depression and anxiety.
When your feeling down try some of the steps in my article “Don’t waste the chance to do nothing” and then make some chicken soup. Or try a soy bean shake, or a nice fillet of salmon. Or a nice warm cup of milk with cinnamon. there are many good food resources full of tryptophan so please google “food with tryptophan” and see what you come up with.
If you are not getting enough Tryptophan you will be eliminating the metabolism of vitmain B6, vitamin C, folic acid, and magnesium for they work together in the benefit of protein distribution.There hasn’t been any research indicating that high dietary intake of tryptophan could prove toxic. So you shouldn’t worry if you are getting too much rather you should worry if you are not getting enough.
Indications of the need for tryptophan include:Depression/anxiety~Impulsiveness~Inability to concentrate~weight gain/or unexpected weight loss~Overeating/carbohydrate cravings~Poordream recall~Insomia~Slow growth in children
These are all very good reasons to get more into your diet. Below I have listed a few foods that are excellent sources of tryptophan:
Chicken 4oz at 121.9% DV and that is Excellent/ Tuna 4oz at 118.8 % DV/Turkey 1-cup and Lamb 4oz both being at 109.4/ Grass fed beef 4oz at 112.5% DV/ Salmon 4oz at 103.1 % DV
Also we have Soybeans 1-cup at 115.6 % DV/ Spinach 1-cup at 21.9% DV/Collard greens 1-cup at 15.6 % DV/Eggs 1ea 9.4 % DV/ and Tofu 4oz at 43.8 % DV/Milk 1-cup 31.3 % DV
So please enjoy the tryptophan! And quit trippen… I will be adding recipes for some of the foods I have mentioned in later articles. Strive for great health and keep living.