What is Tryptophan? Tryptophan Properties and Usage in Animal Nutrition

Dorota Clapa
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What is Tryptophan? Tryptophan Properties and Usage in Animal Nutrition
Table of contents
  • Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that the body cannot produce on its own.
  • It is a precursor of both serotonin and melatonin.
  • Tryptophan is commonly used in animal nutrition and in supplements for athletes.

Tryptophan is a raw material obtained by fermentation. It is a key factor in the proper functioning of the nervous and immune systems of animals. Although its prices reach a high level compared to other products in this category, it is in great demand as an essential substance for the smooth functioning of the body. Do you want to learn more about this unique product? Then be sure to read on!

Tryptophan – properties

 The substance obtained by fermentation of raw materials supports proper functioning of reproductive functions in the body. It has a positive effect on the neurological system and enables the reduction of stress levels. Tryptophan is usually in the form of a colorless or yellowish-white crystalline powder. The shelf life of Tryptophan is 3 years. To optimize the shelf life, be sure to store the product in a dry and cool place. Tryptophan offered by Foodcom S.A. can be purchased in packages of 10 kg or 20 kg.

Tryptophan is a precursor of serotonin, which is known as the happiness hormone. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that regulates many functions of the human body. In addition to its positive effect on mood, it is involved in learning processes, influences gastrointestinal function and the feeling of hunger, among other things.

Tryptophan is also a precursor of melatonin, the hormone that regulates physiological sleep. Melatonin is a hormone essential for maintaining normal daily rhythms, sleep, and alertness. Melatonin deficiency, most common after age 50, results in decreased sleep quality, more frequent awakenings, shortened sleep duration, and insomnia.

A deficiency of tryptophan in the body can have serious consequences and cause, among other things, depressed mood, sleep disorders, functional intestinal disorders, concentration and memory problems.

Applications of Tryptophan

Applications of Tryptophan

Tryptophan is by far one of the most important substances used in animal nutrition. The raw material is added to feed premixes to maintain the desired Tryptophan content, which may be lacking in other protein sources such as soybeans and canola. Feedstuffs with added Tryptophan are most commonly used by poultry, swine and cattle farmers.

Tryptophan is not only used in animal nutrition. The substance also plays a key role in maintaining human health, as it is crucial for growth and also serves as a precursor for many bioactive compounds. It is classified as an essential amino acid, which means an amino acid that the human body cannot produce on its own and must be supplied through the diet. As an amino acid, it is found in nature mainly in protein-based products – both plant-based and animal-based. Tryptophan is found primarily in pumpkin and sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, bananas, cocoa, eggs, yellow cheese, and meat and soy products. Its undisputed advantage is high absorption from food.

As for dietary supplementation with tryptophan for humans, the substance is usually contained in multicomponent preparations, but there are also products that contain only this amino acid. In tablets, Tryptophan is often combined with melatonin and vitamin B6. The main categories of supplements containing tryptophan are those that improve mood, promote sleep and regulate daily rhythms, as well as have a positive effect on the nervous system. Tryptophan is also commonly used in dietary supplements for athletes.

How to order Tryptophan

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