GENETICS Terms Amino Acid Tryptophan

 

- Info:

- Tryptophan chemical formula is C11H12N2O2.

- Tryptophan is essential amino acid which means that humans can't synthesise it.

- Tryptophan 'R' group is a methyl group attached to a benzene ring carrying an -OH group.

- Tryptophan needed to maintain optimum health.

Tryptophan is required for the production of niacin (vitamin B3).

Tryptophan is used to produce serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is important for normal nerve and brain function. Serotonin is important in sleep, stabilizing emotional moods, pain control, inflammation, intestinal peristalsis, etc.

Tryptophan is important in controlling hyperactivity in children, assists in reducing stress, helps with weight loss and reducing appetite.

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