What Is It?: Tryptophan, an essential amino acid, is the precursor to serotonin, which is a necessary neurotransmitter responsible for transmitting nerve impulses in the brain, and inducing sleep and tranquility. Serotonin deficiencies, which are related to Tryptophan deficiencies, are well documented in cases of depression and insomnia. Vitamin B-6 is necessary for tryptophan metabolism and conversion to serotonin. Tryptophan is very important for biochemical balance of the brain in those whose serotonin levels are low because of chemical addictions. It has also been effective in appetite control, increasing tolerance and assisting those with jet lag.
Reported Benefits of L-Tryptophan: Naturally enhances relaxation and sleep , Reduces Minor premenstrual symptoms , Soothes nervous irritability, Helps to relieve anxiety, Natural mood enhancer, Reduces the cravings for carbohydrates
How To Use: As a sleep aid, take 1 to 2 capsules 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime. If serotonin deficiencies are noted in depression, and for anxiety and mood enhancement, take 2 capsules 30 minutes before dinner and 2 capsules 15 to 30 minutes before bedtime. L-Tryptophan should be taken with a high quality vitamin B complex.
Warning: Do not exceed 6 capsules (3 Gm) per day unless directed by your doctor. If you are pregnant, nursing or using medications, consult with your doctor before using. As with any supplement or medication, discontinue use if an adverse reaction should occur
MOOD ENHANCEMENT: It has been well documented that low serotonin levels and low tryptophan levels have been associated with depression. Tryptophan naturally converts to this neurotransmitter.
AUTISM: Low levels of tryptophan have been documented in autistic children, indicating that there may be a defect in the tryptophan-serotonin metabolism in the brain.
PAIN TOLERANCE: Increased serotonin levels have an effect on increasing pain tolerance, especially for chronic pain caused from arthritis and lower back problems. In one study, tryptophan was administered at the dose of 500mg every 2 hours (6 per day) resulting in 50% reduction in pain intensity.
APPETITE CONTROL: Some studies suggest that administering tryptophan helps control appetite for those who are on a weight reduction program.
CHEMICAL ADDICTION: Cocaine addiction causes a deficiency of L-dopamine and causes both catecholamine and serotonin neurotransmitter imbalances. Administering both L-tyrosine and L-tryptophan can help increase these neurotransmitters. This regimen has been used in chemical dependency units, along with conventional therapies. Tryptophan may also be helpful for those addicted to nicotine.
JET LAG: Supplementing with L-tryptophan is recommend for those who travel and experience jet lag.