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What should you know about tryptophan as a natural sleep aid?

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Tryptophan is an amino acid that’s in foods like milk and cheese. Some people use it to fall asleep. But taking amino acid tryptophan may be dangerous. And there’s not enough evidence that it helps relieve insomnia, though studies continue. You can get tryptophan through your diet with foods like turkey, nuts, beans, eggs, and milk.

From: Natural Sleep Aids and Remedies WebMD Medical Reference

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The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Herbal/Plant Therapies" and "Complementary/Integrative Medicine."

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Standard.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Herbal/Plant Therapies" and "Complementary/Integrative Medicine."

Drugs.com: "5-HTP."

Medline Plus.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 25, 2017

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