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Re: Nutrition, jamie, Tryp.

Posted by jamie on December 1, 1999, at 16:07:43

In reply to Re: Nutrition, jamie, Tryp., posted by Adam on December 1, 1999, at 15:17:08

> Jamie,
> I'm interested in what you mean by a diet "pooping out"? I've never
> heard that expression used before for food :-).

I know it sounds funny, but I'm serious. A serotonin diet (rich in carbohydrates) that gives good results will lose its effectiveness over time.
> Tryptophan: I slipped into a major food coma this Thanksgiving after eating
> copious amounts of Turkey. The amino acid tryptophan is a precursor of
> serotonin, but I was wondering, is it an increase in serotonin synthesis
> (due, maybe to an excess of a reactant driving the process forward) that
> causes sedation, or is tryptophan (or an intermediate metabolyte, like maybe
> 5-Hydroxy Tryp.)having some direct affect on somnolence?

Maybe both? :-) jamie




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