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Tryptophan’s Possible Effects for Your Health

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  • Tryptophan is needed by the body to make protein and promote normal growth in infants and nitrogen balance in adults
  • L-tryptophan’s benefits begin with the body changing this amino acid into serotonin, which helps with controlling mood and sleep
  • Read this page to know about tryptophan’s benefits and uses, the ideal amount you should be taking and the side effects to watch out for

Amino acids are key components in the body's optimal function, as they serve as building blocks of protein and aid as intermediates in metabolism. There are around 20 types of amino acids that can help the body, and one in particular that has been gaining popularity is tryptophan, also called l-tryptophan, l-tryptophane, l-triptofano, l-2-amino-3-(indole-3-yl) propionic acid or l-trypt.


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