Jarrow Formulas L-Tryptophan In essence, tryptophan is just an essential amino acid and hence cannot be synthesized by the body, but must be obtained from food or supplements. Because L-tryptophan is converted to serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HTP) and melatonin in the body, it plays an important role in promoting relaxation, restful sleep and positive mood.
There is a high correlation between depression and a reduction or depletion of neurotransmitters (dopamine, acetylcholine, and serotonin) in the brain. Sleep deprivation leads to a depletion of serotonin and this creates a vicious downward spiral. Often psychological stress factors are a cause and effect of not having the needed rest to function properly. L-tryptophan helps to shift the balance and reduce the impact stress has on sleep and lessen the severity of depression.
L-Tryptophan is manufactured at a GMP facility via fermentation from vegetable materials.
On average 1 capsule of 500 mg before bedtime is more than sufficient to sleep.
• natural sleeping aid with no withdrawel effects, providing a good night sleep
• slows the ageing process since elders most of the sleep less and lighter
• sufficient l-tryptophan in our diet helps to keep stress under control and reduce carb cravings
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid in the human diet and must be obtained from food or supplements. It is abundant in some protein-based foods and protein powders. The principal function of tryptophan is as a building block in protein biosynthesis. In addition, tryptophan functions as a biochemical precursor for the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Some serotonin, in turn, is converted to the neurohormone, melatonin. Niacin, a B vitamin, is also synthesized from tryptophan.
Serotonin plays an important role in mood, appetite and impulse control. With the help of vitamin B6, tryptophan is converted to 5-HTP (5-hydroxy-tryptophan) and then to serotonin. Low tryptophan levels are often found to correlate with mood disorders and may arise because of stress. Tryptophan supplements have shown some benefits in instances of low serotonin levels, such as PMS, seasonal affective disorder, addiction and weight loss. It appears some people utilize tryptophan better than others and are more efficient at making serotonin. Also, in children with some behavioral problems, there is evidence of an inverse relationship between serotonin and aggression. These individuals may benefit from even higher levels of supplemental tryptophan.
Recent studies have shown that L-tryptophan has positive effects on mood and behavior. L-tryptophan supplementation alters the processing and perception of emotional stimuli towards a more positive bias, with an increase in happy facial expressions, a decrease in negative and disgusted facial expressions, and a decrease in the attention paid to negative words. L-tryptophan also significantly decreased quarrelsome and aggressive behaviors while enhancing agreeable behaviors in everyday social interactions. Participants reported more positive and less negative emotions and rated their interactions as more pleasant.
Sleep & relaxation
Melatonin, a pineal gland hormone, has the important role of inducing and maintaining sleep. Older people with insomnia have historically attempted to correct this problem with either tryptophan or melatonin. While low doses of melatonin are useful, it is smarter health-wise to try tryptophan first, since it may naturally correct the low melatonin problem.
Because L-tryptophan is converted to melatonin in the body, it plays an important role in promoting relaxation, restful sleep and positive mood. Many people fi nd tryptophan to be a safe and reasonably effective sleep aid, and, clinical research has documented tryptophan’s sleep-aid effects.
It is known that a carbohydrate-rich meal promotes sleep. Carbohydrates trigger the release of insulin, which promotes uptake of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) into muscle. With BCAAs out of the way, tryptophan has an easier time crossing into the brain and central nervous system where it is converted into serotonin and melatonin. This may be the cause of post-Thanksgiving feast drowsiness. The good news is that the big meal may not be necessary, if an L-tryptophan supplement is used to promote restfulness. Feelings of wellbeing from L-tryptophan intake may also help reduce carbohydrate cravings.
The good stuff
Jarrow Formulas patented TryptoPure® is pharmaceutical grade L-tryptophan of the highest purity. TryptoPure is manufactured at a GMP facility via fermentation from vegetable materials and is suitable for vegans.
Some supplements are suitable for both men and women of all ages as well as children. But other supplements are specifically targeted to the aging woman or man. Another supplement is especially suitable for athletes, regardless of gender.
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Snacking late at night: a habit you should embrace rather than be embarrassed about!
Influence of the moon on our behaviour
For the longest time, people have felt the influence of the (full) moon on their behaviour.
Especially on cloudless nights, many of us feel an urge to go outside and enjoy watching the full moon. Some will even go so far that they will go on a nightly hike or bike ride.
If this urge still persists today, how influential must the moon it have been in the past when we only could rely on light of the sun, moon and fire?
This is why so many people believe how lunar cycles can and do influence many other aspects of our behaviour and health.
The most persistent one is about its influence on menstruation cycles, fertility and even on the gender of babies. It's not too difficult to understand where this belief comes from: after all, a lunar cycle is almost as long as the average menstruation cycle.
However, until recently, scientists haven't been able to confirm most of the claims.
Only a short while ago it was confirmed how indeed, the full moon does have an impact on the length of our sleep. Even those who live in an urbanized environment, feel the effect of the full moon on their sleep cycle, even though it is far less pronounced than for indigenous people living without artificial light.
About time to explore whether the moon cycle really affects other aspects of our health and/or behaviour.
Feeling sad and stressed due to COVID-lockdown?
Depression in winter time is quite normal, because we aren't exposed to the vitamin D-generating sunrays, which also enhances immunity levels. Fortunately, we can take vitamin D supplements to combat seasonal depression as well as enhance immunity levels.
Another way to chase sadness away is by celebrating, no matter whether that's Sinterklaas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year. We will decorate our houses, exchange gifts and overeat , get a bit tipsy and enjoy ourselves.
This year is different: restaurants, shops and even gyms need to close down and we are not allowed to gather together in groups. Lack of entertainment, retail therapy and exercise will make it much more difficult to overcome feelings of depression.
It gets worse when you are among those who work in the tourism or entertainment industry and have lost your job as well as most of your income.
For now it is probably best to just accept the current state of affairs and try to console yourself with non-edible goods, such as nice music with a good book, entertaining movie, and aromatherapy (perfume/room fragrances).
And, weather permitting, put on your walking shoes and go for a long walk in the forests or local park.
But perhaps you have been feeling too stressed to enjoy whatever you still can do to relax? Or you were already feeling sad before COVID-19 came along? In that case, DHEA might help.
Skin hunger: why we crave touch
As we are in the midst of the Easter Holiday, we can't help but feel sad. While Mother Nature is showing abundant signs of spring during a period of incredibly sunny weather, we are barely allowed to go outside other than to do what is absolutely necessary. Our gyms have been closed for almost a month now while in some countries, people aren't even allowed to exercise. Not just group exercise, but also to just jump on a bike and go for long rides.
While couples and families get grumpy from living together in a cramped space, others face different problems: they are living without any companion whatsoever. Therefore it's not a miracle how all of a sudden, pet asylums have been able to 'clear out' their list of unwanted pets. Not just because people have more time at hand to walk a dog (just about the only thing some are allowed to do) but also because they crave the ability to touch a living being, for lack of being able to touch another human.
Somehow, just like the sense of smell is overlooked, this also is true for the sense of touch. Only when we lose it, we crave it. This craving also is called 'touch hunger' or 'skin hunger'.
How to reduce stress with ASMROur brain is programmed to stress us. It does that a lot and on just about any subject. Like a lot of behavioral reactions, stress used to be and still is a survival mechanism that our brain used in order to inject alertness when needed. It’s there so we could harness internal resources and spring into action in a matter of seconds when hunted or hunting.
Fortunately for us, we rarely need to spring into action nowadays to avoid a prowling lion. Today, stress is not helpful and is often counter-productive. When stressed, most of us lose focus and are immersed in unpleasant feelings.
In the past, we needed all that “potential energy” when we faced fight or flight situations. It probably saved our lives more than once. Today, this energy still exists in each of us in certain situations; if it is not discharged via some sort of conduit (either physical or of a more neural nature), it slows us down.
That’s why we need to get creative in the way we release stress. We don’t have time to go on a vacation every week; often we even can’t step away from the almighty computer, tablet, or cell phone.
Misconceptions about drug abuse"Did you hear the news already? Rich Piana died last week!" exclaimed a good friend of ours. "Rich who??" was my response. Then it dawned on me he was speaking of the same person about whom I had been reading the other day and of which I only remembered his face and enormous physique.
Rich Piana, who had a large group of followers on Youtube and Instagram, as he had a most bizarre amount of muscles and was famous for his grueling workouts.
Almost immediately everyone assumed he probably died due to overuse of steroids and associated muscle-building products.
It is not so weird to assume this as the amount of bodybuilders, who haven't lived past 50 years is staggering, because of the ever more dangerous means of attaining a muscular physique that is bigger than that of other competitors in bodybuilding demand more lives every decade.
The burning desire to create even more muscle mass wins from common sense. When discussing his death people referred a very good documentary called:Bigger, Stronger and Faster. Yet, at a lower level, the sports of recreational bodybuilders, apparently is one of the safest sports around.
take 1 capsule with water 30 minutes before bed or as directed by a qualified physician
contains per daily serving(1 capsule)
l-tryptophan 500 mg †
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredient (l-tryptophan), fillers (rice flour, vegetable magnesium stearate), anticoagulant (silicon dioxide), capsule (hydroxypropylmethylcellulose)
store in a cool, dry place
keep out of reach of young children
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans