Tryptophan Is The Only Substance That Can Create More Serotonin

The essential amino acid tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate a number of important brain functions. In particular, serotonin has been shown to play a role in regulating mood, anxiety, appetite, and sleep patterns. Medications that increase serotonin levels in the brain, such as antidepressants, do not actually create more serotonin; they simply inhibit the reuptake of existing serotonin by cells in the brain, thereby making more available. Tryptophan is the only substance that can actually produce more serotonin.

Dietary Tryptophan

Tryptophan is not produced by the human body and must be obtained through diet. It can be found in many foods, including turkey, cottage cheese, milk, brown rice, peanuts, meat, and soy products. Unfortunately, the protein-rich foods that tend to contain tryptophan also contain other amino acids that compete to cross the blood-brain barrier. This means that much of the tryptophan consumed does not make it to the brain, causing a minimal effect on brain serotonin levels.

Boosting Serotonin Production

Consuming carbohydrates along with foods containing tryptophan can help more tryptophan cross into the brain and boost serotonin levels. This is because carbohydrates cause an increase in insulin, and insulin decreases the concentration of amino acids other than the tryptophan, thereby weakening the competition for transport across the blood-brain barrier.

It is also important to consume enough vitamin B6. While vitamin B6 does not produce serotonin itself, it is necessary for converting tryptophan into serotonin. Without this important vitamin, even large amounts of tryptophan will have no effect on serotonin levels.

Photo: Px Here

Anxiety Support Groups

More Articles

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain plays a role in mood and anxiety disorders. The most common antidepressants, selective serotonin...

Serax, known generically as oxazepam, is a member of the class of medications called benzodiazepines. It is prescribed to relieve symptoms of...

If you experience anxiety in various unfamiliar situations, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from situational...

What is stress?

Stress is sometimes used to describe challenges or threats, like, “Kelly was under a lot of stress”, or other times to...

Effexor is an antidepressant that has been on the market since 1993. It is a member of the SNRI class of antidepressants (serotonin-norepinephrine...

More Articles

The number one biggest fear of human beings is Glossophobia, also known as having a fear of public speaking. Some even fear public speaking more...

Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to have a number of potential health benefits, from possible anti-cancer effects to improved cardiovascular health...

A study from Deakin University that looked at 3,000 Australian adolescents has revealed that mental health in adolescents over time could be...

Is it true that you can ease anxiety by relaxing with a soothing cup of tea? In general, tea is known for it's calming benefits. Sitting down with...

Mental health disorders, particularly anxiety disorders, are very common and often quite treatable. However, many of them remain poorly or...

Getting around town during peak traffic hours can bring stress to even the most relaxed of us, but what if just getting in your car is enough to...

According to new research by investigators from Michigan State University, people who are chronic or habitual worriers are at a higher risk for...

Yet another study has confirmed that yoga can assist in the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety,...

People who are anxious may demonstrate a heightened sense of smell, according to new research being conducted at the University of Wisconsin at...

Around 40 million American adults suffer from some kind of anxiety disorder. While there are effective therapies and medications that make it...

For many people, feelings of stress lead to periods of eating high-calorie and high-fat comfort foods. Now scientists are a step closer to knowing...

Whether you’re a graduate student preparing for your finals or an aspiring real estate developer who needs to get a license, test anxiety affects...

Findings by researchers from Michigan State University adds to the growing evidence that links a common parasite to suicide attempts.

The...

Social Anxiety Disorder, sometimes called Social Phobia or SAD, involves anxiety and an overwhelming constant self-consciousness in everyday...

For college students, spring brings both warmer weather and something less pleasant - finals week. Colleges and universities know that this can be...