YAWN…must be the tryptophan in the turkey that’s making everyone so sleepy after the Thanksgiving Feast, right?

Metabolism Miracle/Diabetes Miracle Blog

I’m smiling as I write this blog.  Even children attending Thanksgiving dinner will comment that the tryptophan in the turkey is what puts everyone to sleep  after the feast.

So what is this tryptophan? And is turkey the only food that contains this mysterious substance?

Tryptophan is an “essential” amino acid that part of many plant and animal proteins.  It is a very normal part of our diet, contained in many common foods, and is considered “essential because that the body must get it from outside food sources (in other words, the body can’t tryptophan). 

Our body uses tryptophan as a base for a brain chemical called serotonin.  You’ve heard of serotonin before..it’s the chemical that helps you maintain a “happy feeling” and helps keep you calm, relieves depression, and helps with sleep.

Because tryptophan is an essential amino acid, it is found in MANY foods including dairy, beef, poultry…

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About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: www.Miracle-Ville.com. Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, www.themetabolismmiracle.com www.thediabetesmiracle.com www.miracle-ville.com Email: dietquestions@ymail.com
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