Tryptophan is one of the 8 essential amino acids that our body needs for protein processing and synthesis – production of serotonin (neurotransmitter that causes the feeling of euphoria) and dopamine – to a lesser extent – (neurotransmitter that causes feelings of pleasure, Tryptophan is not synthesized in our body, so we should take it through diet and nutritional supplements (5-HTP – 5 hydroxytryptophan).
So if you feel nervous, tense and anxious or you have a “bad” mood and you do not sleep well or you are facing depression, then tryptophan is the solution you are looking for! More details tryptophan and its properties:
Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin. More simply, tryptophan mediates the synthesis of serotonin. Serotonin or “euphoria hormone” regulates our mood and helps treat the symptoms of depression.
Adequate intake of tryptophan or 5-HTP fights insomnia as serotonin is converted to melatonin (or night hormone), which plays an active role in regulating our circadian rhythm (our biological clock). More simply, it regulates our daily cycle during the 24 hours, when we sleep, when we wake up and more. So taking tryptophan improves the quality of our sleep.
Tryptophan, especially 5-HTP, contributes to the increase of β-endorphin, which acts as an analgesic, thus relieving musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, etc. It is worth noting that fibromyalgia has been found to be associated with low serotonin levels.
Migraine / Headache
The action of tryptophan and consequently its effect on rotonin is beneficial for the treatment of migraines and headaches.
Decreased tryptophan and serotonin levels are associated with increased consumption of carbohydrate foods. There is also a tendency for snacking and over-phase episodes. Tryptophan controls bulimia and regulates appetite levels.
Tryptophan and Nutrition
In order for serotonin to be synthesized and for us to feel emotions such as euphoria, joy, bliss, peace and more, our diet must be rich in foods with high levels of tryptophan. Specifically: Chicken, beef, turkey, rice (especially brown), fish, dairy products, eggs, tofu, dried, banana, potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, corn, flaxseed, oats and asparagus.
Tryptophan and Dietary Supplement
Tryptophan when metabolized “gives” 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) and this in turn “gives” us serotonin. Therefore, 5-HTP is recommended as a suitable dietary supplement in order to receive the necessary dose of tryptophan.
Overdose may cause nausea or vomiting, prolonged sleep, stomach upset and nightmares.
If you are taking medication to treat depression or Parkinson’s you should consult your doctor before starting to take a 5-HTP supplement.
5-HTP should not be taken during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Children are not allowed to take it.
Fotopharmacy about supplements – formulas contained in 5-HTP either
alone or in combination with other ingredients for best performance.