NOW Sports 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.
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