The essential amino acid, tryptophan can provide several benefits to the body. This balances nitrogen in adults and infants and it also creates niacin that is important in creating serotonin (neurotransmitter).

Two types of tryptophan:

* L-tryptophan

* D-tryptophan

Food sources

Tryptophan can mostly be found in food items rich in protein like:

– Chicken

– Fish

– Eggs

– Cheese

– Peanuts

– Milk

– Pumpkin

-Tofu and soy

– Turkey

– Chocolate

For tryptophan to be converted to niacin, there must be a sufficient amount of vitamin B-6, B-12, and Iron.

Side effects:

Although tryptophan offers benefits, when taken too much, it may cause side effects that can affect the gastrointestinal system like stomachache, heartburn, diarrhea, belching, loss of appetite, vomiting, and nausea.

The other common side effects are dry mouth, headaches, sexual dysfunction.

Immediate stop of consumption must be ruled out when serious side effects take place like visual blurring, muscle weakness, drowsiness, lightheaded, fatigue.

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