NOW Foods L-Tryptophan is an amino acid, a protein building block that can be found in many plant and animal proteins. L-Tryptophan is called an “essential” amino acid because the body can’t make it. It must be acquired from food.
L-Tryptophan is used for insomnia, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, facial pain, reduce food cravings, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), stop smoking, grinding teeth during sleep (bruxism), attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s syndrome, and to improve athletic performance.
How does it work?
L-tryptophan is naturally found in animal and plant proteins. L-Tryptophan is considered an essential amino acid because our bodies can’t make it. It is important for the development and functioning of many organs in the body. After absorbing L-Tryptophan from food, our bodies convert it to 5-HTP (5-hyrdoxytryptophan), and then to serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that transmits signals between nerve cells. It also causes blood vessels to narrow. Changes in the level of serotonin in the brain can alter mood.
Serotonin in the Gut and Food Cravings
What you probably don’t know is that about 80 to 90 percent of the human body’s total serotonin is found in specialized cells in our guts, not in our brains. In fact, serotonin was tied to food long before it became an important mood hormone. In many species, its directly tied to appetite – deplete serotonin and they act like THEY ARE STARVING. They hunt for food, put off mating and egg laying, and generally do whatever they can to find another bite to eat to try and replenish Serotonin levels
If our Gut Bacteria is compromised, for example if you suffer with digestion issues including BLOATING, POOR DIGESTION, CRAMPING, DIARRHEA OR CELIACS DISEASE ETC..your gut may not be able to produce adequate levels of L-Tryptophan needed to produce optimal levels of SEROTONIN
Ingredients: 100% Amino Acid L-Tryptophan
L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid; therefore, it is not synthesized by the body and must be obtained from the diet. L-Tryptophan is critical for the production of serotonin and melatonin, which help to support a positive mood, healthy sleep patterns, and proper immune system function. Every lot of NOW L-Tryptophan is tested to be free of Peak E and microbial contamination.
Take 1-2 capsules 2 to 3 times daily on an empty stomach, with final dose at bedtime, or as directed by your physician.
Cellulose (capsule), cellulose powder and stearic acid (vegetable source).
Not manufactured with wheat, gluten soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
Do not eat freshness packet. Keep in bottle.
Natural color variation may occur in this product.
Store in a cool, dry place after opening after opening.