Tryptophan is important in the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is known as the relaxing neurotransmitter. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. That is, we cannot produce tryptophan in our bodies, so we must consume it in our food or as a supplement. Alternatively, we can take it as a supplement called 5-OH tryptophan, which can be converted to serotonin in our bodies.
The following foods are all high in the amino acid tryptophan. The foods highest in tryptophan are at the top of the following list. Foods toward the bottom of this list are still high in tryptophan, but not as high as those at the top.
Spirulina algae, dry
Rainbow Grocery sells the following: Tryptophan, 5-OH tryptophan and all of the above non-flesh products.
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