Tryptophan

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An amino acid naturally existing in foods such as spinach, mushrooms, chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb, game, beans, and milk. Considered to be a sedative, tryptophan has been commonly used to treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, migraine headaches, and weight loss. Important as an element for good nutrition, this amino acid is often considered, although falsely, the reason a large turkey dinner makes a person tired and sleepy after eating. It is true it increases the production of serotonin, a natural hormone that works on the body as a calming or sleep inducing agent, but the levels are so small that the effect is very minimal.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Calories351
Protein82g
Total Fat2g
Total Carbohydrates0g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars0g
Serving Size1 sandwich
Calories225
Protein14g
Total Fat6g
Total Carbohydrates25g
Potassium257mg
Sodium391mg
Cholesterol36mg
Serving Size1 cup
Calories339
Protein11g
Total Fat3g
Total Carbohydrates74g
Dietary Fiber6g
Potassium350mg
Sodium6mg
Cholesterol0mg

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