A factor in the maintenance of good health and helps in tissue formation. Helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fats and prevents vitamin B-6 deficiency. A source of the essential amino acid L-Tryptophan. According to studies, L-Tryptophan is able to cross the blood brain barrier with the vitamin B-6 uptake, and used to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for sleep, mood and appetite.
Caution/Risk Information: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if symptoms worsen or if you are currently using prescription medication or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have a neurological condition. Some people may experience drowsiness. Exercise caution of operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle or involved in activities requiring mental alertness. Do not use if you have a condition in which tryptophan cannot be metabolized normally (e.g. liver conditions or errors of metabolism) May cause nausea. keep out of reach of children.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, used by the brain to produce serotonin, a necessary neurotransmitter which transfers nerve impulses from cell to cell, and is responsible for normal sleep.
Tryptophan also helps combat depression and insomnia and to stabilize moods. It helps to control hyperactivity in children, alleviates stress, benefits the heart, aids in weight control as an appetite suppressant, and enhances the release of growth hormone. B-6 (pyridoxine) is necessary for the formation of tryptophan, which is required for the formation of serotonin. A lack of tryptophan and magnesium may contribute to coronary artery spasms or irregular heartbeats; supplementation can conceivably reduce heart attacks.
L-tryptophan does not work by drugging or depressing the central nervous system, L-tryptophan simply returns normal function by being available for the body to use as needed. Although tryptophan is found in foods, such as brown rice, cottage cheese, turkey, peanuts, and soy protein, the best way is supplementation, since this is the only way to cross the blood brain barrier for absorption in any noticeable amount. High protein meals can depress the brain levels of L-tryptophan since they compete with various other amino acids for uptake.
The body will use some tryptophan to make the B-vitamin Niacin (B3), if a person is niacin deficient. Therefore one should take a good B-complex or multi vitamin; the inositol in the B-complex also helps with anti-anxiety and sleep normalizing properties, while the B-6 will prevent undesirable degradation of excreted tryptophan.