L-tryptophan and Thanksgiving dinner
It’s Thanksgiving, and everyone has visiting the family and eating on their mind, and it’s not just any eating, it’s eating to the point of bursting. That’s why after a big Thanksgiving dinner everyone piles up on the couch to watch television, or to have the television watch them loosening up their belts and falling asleep after consuming an oversized helping of mash potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and of course the Turkey.
Thanksgiving dinner has always been compared to L-tryptophan because of the drowsy feeling you get after consuming all of that food. So what is L-tryptophan? According to the Atlanta based Environmental Health and Safety Online Website, L-tryptophan; an essential Amino Acid, that is derived from animal and plant proteins. L-tryptophan produces serotonin in the brain that releases a calming effect and makes you feel drowsy.
Besides in food, L-tryptophan was produced as a sleeping aid, that also helped other disorders such as teeth grinding during sleep, sleep apnea, depression, improving mood, increasing pain thresholds, and by possibly helping people with anorexia by encouraging appetite. But L-tryptophan was once pulled off of the market back in 1990 where a reported 5000 people had became ill, and where some died from taking the L-tryptophan supplement. This mostly came from a Japanese manufacture of the supplement and where it was also believed to have been contaminated.
The illness that was ensued from taking L-tryptophan was called Eosinophilic-myalgia, an illness that was reported to have caused an outbreak and some of the ailments were muscle pain, joint pain, weakness, and sometimes death. The FDA placed a ban on the manufacture that still stands today. But L-tryptophan in food is safe and can be found in foods such as Turkey (but doesn’t make you drowsy), dairy products, brown rice, fish, peanuts, soybeans, poultry, and barley.
But if you’re looking at buying and consuming the L-tryptophan supplement, you can purchase it in supplement form by itself, or, you can take it with a combination of other amino acids that are manufactured together. But if you’re interested in utilizing the L-tryptophan supplement into your healthy lifestyle, just do your research and consult with a physician too. Also check out Atlanta based Environment, Health, and Safety Online for more details about L-tryptophan and its causes and effects.
(2011) Web MD. L-tryptophan. Retrieved July 13, 2011 from, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-326-L-TRYPTOPHA…
Environmental, Health, and Safety Online: Will eating Turkey make you sleepy? Retrieved July 13, 2011, from http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/FoodSafety/foodtryptophan.php