9 Essential-Amino-Acids-Series: Volume 4: Tryptophan

If you are looking to create optimal health then it is important you have a basic understanding of the 9 Essential Amino Acids.  Essential Amino Acids cannot be produced naturally by the body.  It is important that you ingest the right foods &/or supplements in order to give your body the appropriate amount of each of these amino acids.

In our 9 Essential Amino Acids Series of blogs we are looking deeper into each of the 9 to learn more about where they come from & what their role is in the body.

Below, you will learn about Tryptophan. ..

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What is Tryptophan…?

Trypophan is an amino acid which plays a large role in maintaining appetite.

It is necessary to produce normal growth in infants & to help adult bodies balance out nitrogen levels.

The body also uses Tryptophan to make niacin & serotonin.  Serotonin – plays a large role in producing both healthy sleep patterns & a stable & positive mood. Niacin is vitamin b3 which supports healthy brain function among helping control cholesterol, Alzheimer’s & atherosclerosis. (1)


The Chemical Formula & Structure…

All amino acids have a general formula: H2NCHRCOOH

Leucine’s chemical formula is: C9H11NO3

…& it is structured as follows:


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Where Does It Come From…

It is important to eat a balanced diet in order to keep your body stabilised with essential amino acids. The following foods contain high levels of Tryptophan:

  • Turkey
  • Tofu
  • Soy
  • Milk
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds


Works Best With…..

In order for the body to take Trypophan & change it into niacin it also needs to have enough of the following:

  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin B6
  • Iron


Role it Plays…

Tryptophan has been advocated to help with the following:

  • Treatment for fibromyalgia syndrome (a condition that causes pain all over the body including muscles & joints
  • Improved Mood
  • Help with Sleep/Reduced Insomnia


Optimal Amount To Take….

The optimal amount of tryptophan is first dependent on your diet & second the results you are looking for.  For example:

If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, studies performed at the University of Maryland suggest taking 1g of L-Tryptophan before bedtime to induce a sleepy state & delay wake up times.

Combining Magnesium with Tryptophan could bring about a massive improvement in the depth, length & quality of your sleep.

As always, it is important to talk to your doctor about your specific needs before starting on any supplement regime.


To Your Best Health

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant




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Check out the first 3 in our Amino Acid Series and be on the lookout for 5 more:

Volume 1: Phenylalanine

Volume 2: Valine

Volume 3: Threonine






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