Three Major Benefits of Tryptophan

In the health-conscious world, we live in today, there are a lot of factors that are being studied and how they affect our health. One major amino acid that is constantly being studied and researched is the amino acid Tryptophan. Many people associate tryptophan with holiday turkey and sleeping at night, but this amino acid is way more than your sleep solution for the holidays. 
Today we will discuss the four major benefits of Tryptophan and how you can add this amino acid to your diet naturally. 

Three Benefits of Tryptophan

1) Anxiety Relief- Yes it is true, in a 2014 study (The Effects of Dietary Tryptophan on Affective Disorders) shows that higher doses of dietary tryptophan resulted in significantly less depression and irritability and decreased anxiety. 

2) Improved Sleep- It is not the actual turkey at makes you sleepy during the holidays but the tryptophan in the meat. Webmd states the tryptophan is used by your body to create serotonin and in turn that turns into melatonin which helps control your sleep.   

3) Pain Tolerance- has been linked to multiple traits but one that has been studied is the link to chronic pain and depression. published a research article on the current relationship between the two and how tryptophan can help. Read the article here.


As you can see tryptophan can have many positive effects on the body. Even better there are natural ways to get more tryptophan in your diet naturally. Some foods that contain tryptophan are:

  • chicken
  • eggs
  • cheese
  • fish
  • peanuts
  • pumpkin and sesame seeds
  • milk
  • spinach
  • turkey
  • tofu and soy
  • chocolate

If you would like to incorporate more tryptophan into your diet naturally you can start with some of the foods above. If you chose to go the supplement route please remember to consult your doctor first. We hope you enjoyed this article and learned a little more about the benefits of tryptophan.