This essential amino acid supplement is one of several amino acids that are used for protein synthesis and cannot be produced by the human body. As a result, all L-Tryptophan must be consumed in the diet. It has essential roles in the synthesis of serotonin and melatonin, as well as in several other important biochemical pathways in the body. As a supplement, it is best known for its effects on mood, sleep, and cognition. Larger servings may reduce appetite.
This supplement is best taken at a serving size of 500 – 1000mg, once to twice daily. It is not recommended to exceed the serving size, even though side effects are reportedly mild and rare. Larger servings may cause nausea, heartburn, upset stomach, gas, headaches, dry mouth, and drowsiness. Consult with a physician before using this supplement if you have any underlying medical conditions or are using medication.
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