Synonyms:L-Tryptophan, Trp;Trytophan (W) Solution, 100ppm;
Mol File: 73-22-3.mol
Product Categories:HEPTEDRINE;hormones;amino;Inhibitors;Amino Acid Derivatives
Tryptophan (also called L-tryprophan) is an essential amino acid that acts like a natural mood regulator, since it has the ability to help the body produce and balance certain hormones naturally.
Supplementing with tryptophan-rich foods or taking supplements helps bring on natural calming effects, induces sleep, fights anxiety and can also help burn more body fat. Tryptophan has also been
found to stimulate the release of growth hormones and even reduce food cravings for carbohydrates and help kick a sugar addiction in some cases.
An important byproduct of tryptophan is 5HTP (5-hyrdoxytryptophan), which works in the brain and central nervous system to boost feelings of well-being, connection and safety. It does this by
increasing production of one of the body’s main feel-good hormones, serotonin. Serotonin is the same calming chemical released when we eat certain comfort foods like carbohydrates, which is why
supplementing with tryptophan has been shown to help control appetite and contribute to easier weight loss or maintenance.
1. Helps Improve Sleep Quality
There’s evidence that tryptophan has natural sedative effects that can help you sleep better, and as a result it can help improve overall health. A lack of sleep is a risk factor for problems like
depression, decline in motor coordination, reduced concentration and memory, muscle aches, weight gain, and more. Tryptophan offers a natural remedy for getting better sleep and reducing problems
associated with sleep apnea or insomnia, all without the need for sleep-inducing prescriptions that can cause many unwanted side effects.
The strongest benefits for treating sleep disorders with L-tryptophan have been found when using supplements, rather than just food sources of tryptophan alone. Supplements have been found to help
decrease the amount of time it takes to fall asleep, improve mood the day next following better sleep quality, decrease teeth grinding during sleep (called bruxism) and decrease sleep apnea
episodes during sleep (periodically stopping breathing throughout the night).
2. Lifts Your Mood and Reduces Depression and Anxiety
Not only can tryptophan help you sleep more soundly, but it’s also been shown to be a natural mood lifter and offer protection against depression, anxiety and the numerous negative symptoms
associated with high stress levels (like irritable bowel syndrome and heart disease, for example). Many studies have found that L-tryptophan converts to calming serotonin in the brain and helps
make other essential amino acids more available, which in turn helps control someone’s moods and turn down production of stress hormones.
Some studies have even shown that tryptophan and 5HTP supplementation can work as well as prescription antidepressants. Preliminary studies indicate that 5HTP is beneficial for treating people with
mild to moderate depression just as well as medications like fluvoxamine (Luvox). Among 63 participants in one study, 5HTP did just as well as those who received Luvox for lowering depressive
Some research has shown that reduced intakes of tryptophan can cause significant reductions in certain brain activities that promote happiness and that low serotonin levels are more common among
people with anxiety and depression. Study results show that patients are often successful at lowering negative symptoms related to mood disorders, addictions or hormonal problems like PMS/PMDD
(premenstrual dysphoric disorder) when taking six grams of L-tryptophan per day. This amount taken for several months has been shown to decrease mood swings, restlessness, tension and irritability.
3. Can Help with Recovery from Addictions
Supplementing with a combination of calming, anxiety-reducing amino acids and herbs - such as L-tryptophan, St. John’s wort and 5HTP - has been shown to help people overcome addictions by
increasing serotonin and melatonin production. L-tryptophan is often given to people trying to quit smoking in order to improve the effectiveness of conventional treatment programs that teach
people to control impulses and their emotional states better.
4. Reduces Headaches and Migraines
Studies have found that tryptophan depletion worsens pain associated with tension headaches and migraines, plus can cause aggravated nausea and sleep problems experienced by many migraine
sufferers. Increased brain synthesis of serotonin seems to offer natural relief for headaches and migraine symptoms, including sensitivity to light, indigestion, pain and more.
One study conducted by the Murdoch University School of Psychology in Australia found that five to eight hours after consuming a drink with a complete array of 19 different amino acids, including
tryptophan, symptoms of migraines were significantly reduced.
5. Can Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight
Tryptophan supplements can be used to help someone stick to a healthy diet and work toward the goal of losing weight. Increased serotonin levels promote calmness, clarity of mind, control over
cravings or impulses, and even better metabolic functioning, which all boost weight loss.
L-tryptophan is needed for the synthesis of niacin (vitamin B3) through its role as a provitamin, and niacin is important for the conversion of macronutrients in our diets (carbohydrates, proteins
and fats) into useable energy that supports the metabolism. Niacin/vitamin B3 is also crucial for cognitive functions, including the synthesis of important neurotransmitters and enzymes that
control our appetite.
Another interesting benefit is that tryptophan helps improve physical performance and fights fatigue, which means it can keep you motivated to improve your fitness levels and regularly get enough
exercise. It’s been used by competitive athletes for many years since it’s known to improve training results, lower performance anxiety and help people stay motivated to reach their goals.