Supplement Spotlight: Tryptophan

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a scientist.  The following claims are personal observations that have worked with my physiology.  Do your own research and consult your physician.

What is Tryptophan?

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid.  Its much more than that thing in Turkey that makes you sleepy on thanksgiving.  I discovered tryptophan first from Dr. Rhonda Patrick on the Joe Rogan Podcast.  Her website Found My Fitness is a great resource for learning about supplementation which could help make improvements in your life.

From my naive understanding tryptophan helps the body regulate and generate serotonin and melatonin.  My understanding is that it does not artificially increases serotonin but helps your body to bring you to normal levels naturally. If you run low normally it will have a mood lifting effect.

What have I experienced taking Tryptophan?

Improved sleep.  Tryptophan before bed will ensure I receive a very deep sleep and feel genuinely rested the next day.

Vivid dreams.  I will have very vivid and intense dreams.

Improved my mood.  I feel less depressed.  My fears and self loathing just dissipate like fog in the hot sun.

Improved my focus.  My anxiety almost entirely disappears the day following a tryptophan sleep.  I get shit done.

Where do I get Tryptophan?

Click the link above and get it delivered.  If you aren’t a fan of taking pills tryptophan is readily available in many foods beyond just turkey.  Seaweed, pistachios and cashews are some of my favorite snack foods that contain tryptophan, but it can be found in a great many of the leafy greens, nuts, seeds and meats.  If you eat a significant amount of processed foods there is a good chance you are missing out on tryptophan and supplementing it could have a profound effect in your life.

How do I take Tryptophan?

I take one in the afternoon with lunch and three before bed.  I take it on an empty stomach.  I took it on a full stomach once and had an awful taste in my mouth and will never do it again.

I try to get it from my foods so I avoid processed meals as much as I can.

I cycle it.  I don’t take it everyday.  I tend to take it when I am feeling down and out.  I especially take it if I haven’t been sleeping well or need to guarantee my restfulness and focus for the following day.

Why should you take Tryptophan?

Are you taking sleeping pills?  Anti depressants? Xanax? Prozac?  Are you taking medication for focus? ADHD?  Do you feel cloudy or foggy?  Have you tried a natural option?  Do more research give it a go and report back!