L-Tryptophan - A Must For Mental Health


What is L-Tryptophan ?
How Can It Help ?

Essential For Mental Health


Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan)

is an amino acid naturally present in the body and essential for human life. Like certain other amino acids, it is called "essential" because the body is not capable of producing it, so we must ingest it. Although plentiful in protein foods, cooking and processing easily destroy it so that deficiencies are fairly common. As a precursor for the mood-regulating molecule, serotonin, a deficiency of L-Tryptophan could seriously affect your emotional health.

Tryptophan (L-Tryptophan) is used for treating:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Aggression
  • Appetite (to curb the appetite)
  • Pain
  • Migraines
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Bulimia
  • Parkinsons's Disease
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Nightmares

General Dosage

  • 500 - 1,500 mg once or twice a day between meals or before bed

When and How it can be taken

  • Works best taken at least an hour before and and at least an hour after you have eaten a protein meal, thus "between" meals
  • It is not harmful to take it with other proteins, it's just that other proteins compete with the tryptophan to get into your system
  • Taking with juice or fruit or other carbohydrate may actually help absorption

Nutritional Co-factors
(supplements that help tryptophan work better)

Niacinamide (Vitamin B-3) - 100-500mg

  • Tip: Niacinamide can decrease irritability and argumentativeness
  • Tip: Niacinamide can increase your sense of humor

Vitamin C - 500mg or more

Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) - 25-50 mg

  • Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) is very important for the metabolism of amino acids - most people should be taking some of this nutrient as a supplement anyway
  • Tip: Along with B-6 (pyridoxine) the addition of 25-50 mg of P5P B-6 (Pyridoxal 5' Phosphate, another form of Vitamin B-6) can really help.
  • P5P B-6 should be obtainable from your Nutritional Doctor or local Health Food Store. I may offer it for sale on this site at a later date.
  • Caution: For most people, B-6 can cause a nasty tummy ache on a completely empty stomach - suggest taking it with something in your stomach - juice, fruit, chip, cracker, crust of bread...
  • Caution: Be sure to read up on B-6, individual needs vary greatly - some people need a lot more, and you can take too much of B-6

The amino acid Tyrosine

  • (L-Tyrosine) taken with L-Tryptohan is often helpful for many emotional disorders - please read about it.

Magnesium can help

  • Aren't you taking some anyway ?

St. John's Wort

  • The herb, Hypericum Perforatum taken with Tryptophan & Tyrosine and co-factors was very helpful 10 years ago, for my own suicidal depression, although I no longer need to take it.

For Best Results, Learn About Supplements

  • Although nutritional supplements are extremely safe - you should not take them randomly.
  • If you don't know what you are taking and why you are taking it - you will stop and not know why.
  • Read and Learn - Take good care of yourself and get a gradual nutrient education.
  • No one else knows as much about you, no one else will care as much about you - than you.
  • If you are depressed and don't "love" yourself now - do it as if you are caring for someone else you do love.
  • Sure - you can ask your doctor - but... most regular M.D.'s *
    • don't know much about nutritional supplements
    • act like there is something wrong with taking them
    • act like there is something wrong with you for thinking for yourself

*(Unless you are lucky enough to have a doctor who thinks for him/herself !)

  • If you don't ask your doctor, find some nutritional books written by doctors.

Effectiveness of Treatment

  • The information provided here is basic, general, and not specific to any particular illness.
  • Tryptophan alone is not always effective for depression since a deficiency of serotonin is not the only cause of depression.

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