10 Facts about Tryptophan and why you should have that extra piece of turkey for your health’s sake:
1. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, that can not be synthesized from the body and must be acquired from the diet.
2. Tryptophan is the precursor to 5-hydroxytrypophan (5-HTP) which is the direct precursor to serotonin. Serotonin is important for mood and sleep; when it is deficient, this can lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and various other neuropsychological conditions.
3. Studies show that when the serotonin levels increase, food craving decrease. Therefore, it may aid weight control programs.
4.Tryptophan is the least plentiful amino acid found in foods and is generally deficient in most dietary protein sources. Though, as long as you meet your daily requirements for protein — 46 g for adult women and 56 g for adult men — you will likely get enough tryptophan in your diet.
5. It has been found that people suffering from migraines have abnormal (low) levels of tryptophan.
6. The recommended daily amount of Tryptophan intake is 3mg/kg body weight (children)
and 12.5mg/kg body weight (adults).
7. Tryptophan can be found in more than turkey, find other sources of tryptophan for your daily intake here.
8. The amino acid Tryptohan was isolated from casein (milk protein) in 1901, and its structure was established in 1907.
10. And for the bad news, contrary to popular belief tryptophan in turkey meat does not cause drowsiness. Turkey does contain tryptophan, which does have a documented sleep-inducing effect. However, tryptophan is only effective when taken on its own as a free amino acid. Tryptophan in turkey is found as part of a protein, and in small enough amounts that this mechanism seems unlikely.
A more likely hypothesis is that the ingestion of large quantities of food, such as at a Thanksgiving feast, tends to induce drowsiness. Whether this drowsiness is related to elevated hypothalamic serotonin levels following feeding or is mediated by some other mechanism is unknown.
On behalf of all the employees at VGXI, Inc I’d like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.
A video of what happens when tryptophan really attacks, enjoy!