Healthy, Balanced Levels of Serotonin Are Required For Support of Mood, Aggression, Pain, Anxiety, Sleep, Memory, Eating behavior, Addictive
behavior, Temperature control, Endocrine regulation, Motor behavior.
Tryptophan possesses a remarkable array of applications for maintaining
good health. This can be traced to the fact that Tryptophan is an essential
amino acid that is necessary for life and growth, so it cannot be replaced
by any vitamin, mineral, herb, or prescription chemical, and it cannot be
made by your own body.
Tryptophan is best known for its efficient relief of serotonin deficiency
symptoms, such as common depression, common anxiety, irritable bowels,
inflammation of the colon, hormonal imbalances, particularly
estrogen/progesterone imbalances, premenstrual symptoms, unhealthy cravings
for alcohol and carbohydrates, plus other common mental and emotional
difficulties. This amino acid’s effectiveness for insomnia symptoms is
quite high as well.
The administrator of natural medicine at the Anew Skin & Wellness
Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Carol Van Zelst, Ph.D., MS, FD (Functional
Diagnostic Medicine), recounts how her patients benefit from taking
Tryptophan for their common mental/emotional problems.
“For three years I have been using Tryptophan as a support for increasing
levels of serotonin in disorders of the mind and emotions. This nutrient is
useful for helping a patient overcome various illnesses connected to
serotonin deficiency syndromes, such as mood swings, obsessive thoughts,
insomnia, mood suppression, and nutritional deficiencies to the gut,”
states Dr. Van Zelst.
Balance Mood and More with Tryptophan:
Grumpiness, irritability, stress, and anxiety are common in aging adults.
These symptoms, as well as more severe ones like sleep disorders,
depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal thinking, have all
been traced to depletion of brain levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin,
which is responsible for maintaining an “up” mood.
Although you can’t supplement with serotonin itself, its precursor, the
amino acid tryptophan, is readily available as a safe, well-proven
Supplementation with tryptophan reduces irritability in older adults, in
women with premenstrual syndrome, and in people with depression and
One study showed a 49% increase in the length of a hard
workout, while another showed that distance runners supplementing with
tryptophan covered more than half a kilometer more than placebo recipients.
Tryptophan-supplemented athletes just don’t give up as easily or as early.
The result? Longer, more comfortable workouts, with less pain. That’s an
outcome even a grumpy old man can smile about.
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