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Tryptophan is a substance found in certain nuts and seeds that is strongly linked to the body's production of serotonin and melatonin, which affect the body's ability to relax.

Tryptophan is one of the twenty amino acids that are the building blocks of the body's proteins. Tryptophan is essential, which means that the body itself cannot manufacture it, but it is an amino acid that must come via the food we eat.

Tryptophan is a starting substance in the body's production of serotonin and melatonin, which are important for sleep, relaxation and mood. Serotonin and melatonin are also vasoconstrictors. Tryptophan can also be used for the formation of niacin (vitamin B3), which, among other things, is important for the normal functioning of the nervous system and the breakdown of carbohydrates, protein and fat. In other words, you want to make sure to include foods with tryptophan in your diet!

Protein-rich foods contain a lot of tryptophan, mainly meat and hard cheese, but it is also found in milk and cereals. Some nuts and seeds are also high in tryptophan, especially pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and almonds. Feel free to cook your porridge in the morning with chia seeds and then top it with pumpkin seeds and almonds. Allowing the body to consume tryptophan in the evening before bedtime can also be a good idea precisely because the amino acid is needed for the formation of serotonin and melatonin. A glass of almond milk in the evening is therefore both relaxing and good for the body!