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What is Tryptophan?

1. What is tryptophan?


Tryptophan is an amino acid that is one of the building blocks of DNA and an important active ingredient in sleep milk. Some old-fashioned insomnia treatments are based on consuming tryptophan-containing foods. For example, drinking a glass of milk before bed is said to help with sleep, etc.


2. What is the function of tryptophan?


Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that mainly treats insomnia and helps stabilize mood. And together with vitamin B6, niacin and magnesium, it acts in the brain to produce serotonin in the blood, which is an essential neurotransmitter and a neurohormone that enables people to sleep normally. Adequate amounts of vitamin B6 are necessary for the formation of tryptophan, which is necessary for the formation of serotonin.


3. What is the harm of too low tryptophan?


Low levels of tryptophan in the body may lead to anxiety or depression. Diseases caused by disorders of tryptophan metabolism can be seen in liver function decline, tryptophanuria, hydroxykynurenuria, and xanthuria, etc. The latter 3 are hereditary diseases, which are caused by obstacles in the main metabolic pathways from tryptophan to niacin and coenzymes.


Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and is a natural sleeping pill. It is the raw material for the brain to make serotonin, which can make people relax, feel happy, slow down nerve activity and cause drowsiness. Tryptophan will smoothly enter the brain through a combination of high-carbohydrate and low-protein diets to promote a stable sleep.


4. The benefits of eating foods high in tryptophan


Eat more tryptophan-containing foods at dinner, such as millet, pumpkin seeds, yuba, bean skin, etc., which will generate serotonin after metabolism, inhibit the central nervous system excitation, and produce a certain sense of drowsiness. In addition, serotonin can be further converted into melatonin in the human body, which has a good sedative and sleep-promoting effect. For people who often suffer from insomnia and poor sleep quality, moderate consumption of essential substances containing tryptophan can effectively promote sleep.

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