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Tryptophan as a Sleep Aid

Q: What are some food sources rich in the amino acid Tryptophan besides dairy products and turkey?

Q: You may already be aware that having a warm glass of milk or part of a turkey sandwich can make you drowsy when you're having trouble falling asleep. "Certain foods help trigger sleep, especially milk, tuna fish, soybeans, turkey, even eggs...These are all rich in natural L-tryptophan, a sleep-promoting amino acid that acts on the brain to cause drowsiness, and does so more quickly when combined with a carbohydrate like orange juice" writes conservative author Rosenfeld. But if you choose to eat a vegan diet, what are some good food or dietary sources of tryptophan? Try adding the following foods: almonds, cabbage, kidney or lima beans, oats, pistachios, poppy seed, pumpkin seed, spinach, and wheat. Evening primrose seed contains the most tryptophan of a food source.

More extensive information on herbal and food sources of Tryptophan provided on-line in the article "Insomnia" by Jim Duke at http://www.naturesherbs.com


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