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. ..
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:
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:
- 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:
- Vitamin B6
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.
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