Wednesday, 4 March 2009

How To Increase Your Tryptophan Levels

How To Increase Your Tryptophan Levels

Increasing your tryptophan levels is not as easy as just eating more foods high in tryptophan. Tryptophan constantly struggles with other amino acids such as tyrosine, methionine, histidine, and leucine to access the brain and eating a high protein diet increases the blood levels of these amino acids and results in an actual decrease in tryptophan.

Eating a high carbohydrate diet of pasta and pastries can help to increase the level of tryptophan in your body. Foods high in carbohydrate cause the release of additional insulin from the body which in turn wipes out the competing amino acids. This allows the absorption of more tryptophan in the brain. This procedure may work in the short term but sustaining a high carbohydrate, low protein diet is not recommended by health experts as the body needs protein to survive.

In order to avoid these dilemmas there are a few steps that can be taken:

* Using a supplement - although tryptophan supplements have not been banned by the FDA but several states have banned this supplement due to the confusion caused by FDA. Today, you can buy tryptophan supplements or you can use the 5-HTP as an alternative.
* Consume foods high in tryptophan on an empty stomach as this aids absorption
* Take foods high in tryptophan on their own with no other proteins or amino acids

Following these three steps will help to increase the absorption of tryptophan in the brain but as with all supplements, a healthy diet should be maintained to achieve maximum results.

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