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Tryptophan Deficiency = my major depression?

Posted by gilmourr on December 2, 2012, at 21:17:55

I was thinking, maybe my depression is caused by low tryptophan and maybe why SSRI's never worked is because I had low serotonin because of not getting enough of the precursor.

What I've read is tryptophan is an amino only to be gained by food.

Which foods?

Tryptophan is a routine constituent of most protein-based foods or dietary proteins. It is particularly plentiful in chocolate, oats, dried dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, bananas, and peanuts.

I have an intolerance to oats, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, bananas, peanuts and turkey, along with some gluten intolerances that provide no symptoms but they're still high intolerances somehow. This was done through an IGE or IGA test I forget. I don't eat sesame, chick peas, sunflower, pumpkin and I eat fish maybe once a week at best.

Couldn't I be severely lacking in tryptophan? Then I have less serotonin, and reuptake wouldn't mean much if I have low serotonin because of conversion.

It's just after eating bran flakes today I felt so ****ing good, so genuinely happy for 6 hours, then it crashed. And that's how I started thinking about this.

Is there a test I can do for tryptophan or some way to show that this may be the reason? I'm bringing this to my GP and psych this week.

So ideas?




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