L-TRYPTOPHAN

OVERVIEW

  • Tryptophan is an amino acid that, when digested, converts to a molecule known as 5-HTP, which is used to create serotonin (which affects your brain by influencing sleep, cognition, and mood) and melatonin (which is the hormone that influences your sleep-wake cycle)
  • Low levels of Tryptophan have been linked to mood disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • L-tryptophan is also suggested for women to help to regulate mood swings during premenstrual syndrome (PMS)