Tryptophan for your Brain Health

Tomorrow I am talking turkey, so today I’d figure we’d talk tryptophan (something usually associated with turkey). This is going to be short and sweet. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and your body cannot function without them. Essential means that your body does not produce it, therefore you have to get it through your dietary intake (ah the advantages of eating meat!). Tryptophan firstly, can be converted to the important B vitamin, niacin. Secondly it is a precursor for serotonin (a neurotransmitter=key for the brain). Serotonin is important for:

  • regulation of appetite
  • sleep patterns
  • mood

Where may you find tryptophan?

  • red meat
  • nuts
  • dairy products
  • seeds
  • tuna
  • turkey

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3 Responses to Tryptophan for your Brain Health

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  3. Hipolito Bedolla says:

    It is commonly believed that depression is linked to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. An important chemical is serotonin as this influences mood. The amino acid tryptophan comprises one of the building blocks of DNA and is required by the body to produce serotonin. It is an essential amino acid, which means your body can not produce it and so it must be obtained through diet.*

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