Aida Jansson

Head of Micronutrients

01/05/2022

Why you absolutely need it to be happy: Tryptophan

Today, we'd like to introduce you to a very special micronutrient. Behind the somewhat unwieldy name tryptophan hides a wonderful building block for our happiness, and you should definitely get to know it!

First, tryptophan is an essential amino acid, i.e. a building block with which we can build muscles. So, we absolutely need to get enough tryptophan in our diet every day.

But besides that, tryptophan is primarily the one-and-only building block and precursor for the extremely important neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin. The happiness hormone serotonin gives you a good feeling about life, and the sleep hormone melatonin ensures a good and restful sleep. However, your body can only produce both hormones if you always provide it with sufficient tryptophan together with vitamin B6.

Tryptophan is therefore your hidden key to happiness!

including meat, dairy products, eggs - but also nuts and seeds - in your diet every day. If you're healthy all around, this should work quite well. However, if you're suffering from stress or sickness, your tryptophan requirement may increase. This could lead to a deficiency, which in turn could inhibit the production of serotonin in your brain. Likewise, certain diets such as the complete absence of carbohydrates (low or zero carb) can even block the path of tryptophan into the brain and thus prevent the formation of the messenger substances, so that a serotonin deficiency can occur.

See, how important stress reduction, a whole-food, nutrient-dense diet and the intake of high-quality micronutrients are for your happiness and health? Please stay tuned - we'll give you some great tips on how to banish stress and pressure from your life here shortly.

It's easy! Please note: If you suffer from depressive moods and are already taking antidepressants for it, you should refrain from taking tryptophan in addition, as this can lead to unwanted interactions.

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Why you absolutely need it to be happy: Tryptophan

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