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Because the body does not produce tryptophan (also known as L-tryptophan) naturally, this amino acid must be obtained through dietary means. However, some people choose to use a supplement. While this substance is important for building protein, the body also uses it to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in depression and anxiety. The body also uses it to make niacin (a vitamin) and melatonin (a hormone). Therefore, these supplements are claimed to have several uses, such as treating depression, PMS, and a number of other conditions.
At this time, it is not clear if the supplements are safe for the general public. If you decide to start taking these supplements, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or any other medical conditions. Some of the possible side effects of tryptophan supplements may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
(Click Tryptophan to read the complete eMedTV article. This article includes information on how tryptophan works, some safety concerns, and what to tell your healthcare provider before taking this supplement. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)