Tryptophan and Turkey

A Spinal Column

Contrary to popular belief, eating turkey isn’t the main reason you feel sleepy after a Thanksgiving feast. The oft-repeated turkey myth stems from the fact that turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which forms the basis of brain chemicals that make people tired.

The body can’t make it, so diet must supply tryptophan. Amino acids are building blocks of proteins. Foods rich in tryptophan include, you guessed it, turkey. Tryptophan is also found in other poultry, meat, cheese, yogurt, fish, and eggs.

Although you can’t supplement with serotonin itself, its precursor, the amino acid tryptophan, is readily available as a safe, well-proven supplement. Supplementation with tryptophan reduces irritability in older adults, in women with premenstrual syndrome, and in people with depression and anxiety.

EAT MORE TURKEY…ūüėāhelps with dealing with your family during the holidays.

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Smile and be well,
Dr. Dan

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