The Analyst™

Comprehensive diagnosis of your symptoms

Healthy

  Tryptophan Need  
 
Search treatments and conditions
Signs, symptoms and indicators | Contributing risk factors | Recommendations

 

A deficiency of tryptophan may lead to pellagra, depression, insomnia, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts and carbohydrate craving.
 

 
 

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Tryptophan Need:
 
 
Symptoms - Food - Beverages  Blacking out from alcohol
 Tryptophan (or 5-HTP), the precursor of the sleep-inducing neurotransmitter serotonin, also has relaxing and calming effects. Serotonin levels are often low among people with anxiety disorders. A study found that 44% of alcoholics suffer from anxiety. You can be pretty sure that you are low on tryptophan if you have ever blacked out from drinking. It has been established that low tryptophan stores trigger blackouts.
 
 

Risk factors for Tryptophan Need:
 
 
Lab Values - Nutrients  (Very) low tryptophan levels

Counter-indicators:
  Normal/elevated tryptophan levels

Symptoms - Food - Intake

Counter-indicators:
  Frequent/daily oat use
 
 

Recommendations for Tryptophan Need:
 
 
Amino Acid / Protein  Tryptophan / 5 HTP

Mineral

  Chromium
 Chromium picolinate helps to promote conversion of tryptophan to serotonin. It accomplishes this by facilitating absorption into muscle tissue of the amino acids that compete with tryptophan for access to the brain.
 
 


KEY
Proven definite or direct link
Strongly counter-indicative
Very strongly or absolutely counter-indicative
May do some good
Highly recommended







GLOSSARY

Anxiety:  Apprehension of danger, or dread, accompanied by nervous restlessness, tension, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath unrelated to a clearly identifiable stimulus.

Carbohydrates:  The sugars and starches in food. Sugars are called simple carbohydrates and found in such foods as fruit and table sugar. Complex carbohydrates are composed of large numbers of sugar molecules joined together, and are found in grains, legumes, and vegetables like potatoes, squash, and corn.

Neurotransmitters:  Chemicals in the brain that aid in the transmission of nerve impulses. Various Neurotransmitters are responsible for different functions including controlling mood and muscle movement and inhibiting or causing the sensation of pain.

Pellagra:  A disease caused by a deficiency of thiamine (B1), usually occurring in alcoholics or in persons with malabsorption disorders.

Schizophrenia:  Any of a group of psychotic disorders usually characterized by withdrawal from reality, illogical patterns of thinking, delusions, and hallucinations, and accompanied in varying degrees by other emotional, behavioral, or intellectual disturbances. Schizophrenia is associated with dopamine imbalances in the brain and defects of the frontal lobe and is caused by genetic, other biological, and psychosocial factors.

Serotonin:  A phenolic amine neurotransmitter (C10H12N2O) that is a powerful vasoconstrictor and is found especially in the brain, blood serum and gastric membranes of mammals. Considered essential for relaxation, sleep, and concentration.

Tryptophan:  Essential amino acid. Natural relaxant and sleep aid due to its precursor role in serotonin (a neurotransmitter) synthesis. Along with tyrosine, it is used in the treatment of addictions.