You may have heard about tryptophan and it’s ability to help us fall asleep at night. While it is true that tryptophan promotes relaxation, it is also important for helping to elevate our moods and regulate our appetites! It has also been shown to help prevent a deficiency in niacin. Tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids (something that our bodies cannot produce on their own) that our bodies use to synthesize protein. Tryptophan works with many other nutrients that are important for it’s metabolism including vitamin C, B6, magnesium, and folic acid.
How can you tell if you are deficient in tryptophan? You may feel depressed and struggle with staying focued. Other symptoms include weight gain or unexpected weight loss, overeating, the craving of carbohydrates, and insomnia. Be sure you are including tryptophan in your diet by eating the following foods:
- Wild-caught salmon
- Swiss chard
- Collard greens
- Cage-free organic eggs