Tryptophan is an essential amino acid and is the precursor to 5-hydroxytrypophan (5-HTP) which is the direct precursor to serotonin.
Serotonin is important for mood and sleep; when it is deficient, this can lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and various other neuropsychological conditions.
Tryptophan is the precursor for vitamin B3 in the form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD).
Tryptophan may assist with:
Mood: Mood disorders, PMT, sleep and other conditions directly affected by reduced Serotonin production and uptake
Skin: Because it is a precursor to B3, Tryptophan may also be useful for dermatitis and pellagra
Weight loss: Tryptophan may help to control cravings and because of its ability to convert into B3, may assist with the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
Anxiety, Depression and PMT: 2-6 gram in water between meals. Preferably take with a small amount of carbohydrate.
Weight Loss and skin: 1-2 grams in water between meals. Take with a small amount of carbohydrate.
Insomnia: 1-3 grams 1 hour before bed with small amount of carbohydrate.