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November 16, 2021

What is tryptophan? What does it do?

Tryptophan is a naturally occurring essential amino acid. Amino acids are responsible for vital bodily processes like building proteins and synthesizing needed hormones and neurotransmitters.
Tryptophan supports critical physiological functions, including balancing nitrogen and supporting serotonin production, among other functions. Serotonin is the precursor to melatonin which aids in sleep (1,2). 

Where do we find tryptophan?

We find tryptophan naturally in many high-protein foods like milk, eggs, turkey, chicken, and more.

Does tryptophan make us tired?

Tryptophan can help support a healthy sleep cycle by supporting serotonin production, the precursor to melatonin (1). However, the amount found in food doesn’t typically disproportionately impact our wakefulness.     


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