Tryptophan in an essential amino acid derived from proteins. It is a key nutrient which can help in fibromyalgia pain relief.
How Does Tryptophan Help Fibro Pain Relief?
Tryptophan is a building block for two important human biochemical, neurotransmitter serotonin and the hormone melatonin. In case you didn’t know, serotonin is the feel good hormone, which helps to regulate one’s mood. Melatonin, on the other hand, is the sleep hormone which can help promote restorative sleep. These are key hormones which can help to alleviate depression and chronic fatigue, two common symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Increasing your intake of tryptophan foods or taking supplements can lift your mood, increase energy, improve sleep and improve your overall health. These benefits in turn help in fibromyalgia pain relief. As your body cannot produce this chemical naturally, you need to get it from the food you eat. Without tryptophan, your body will not be able to produce serotonin. This can worsen any depression, anxiety and stress.
How to Obtain Tryptophan for Fibro Pain Relief?
One of the best ways to fight fatigue in fibromyalgia is to increase intake of foods that contain tryptophan. These include food like chicken, turkey, fish, cheese, eggs, yogurt, nuts, oats, beans, lentils, cheese etc.
There is no daily required intake for amino acids. However, in its efforts to prevent diseases caused by tryptophan deficiency, the World Health Organization suggest that everyone should calculate their suggested daily amount of tryptophan by multiplying 3.5 mg to their weight in kilograms. For instance, a 140 pounds person would weigh around 63.5 kg and should consume a suggested amount of 222 mg (3.5 x 63.5) of tryptophan a day. Do keep in mind that this only serve as a guideline. Sometimes consuming the suggested amounts of tryptophan is not sufficient because your body requires other nutrients such as carbohydrates and vitamin B6 to use tryptophan effectively.
You can also obtain tryptophan from supplements. However, before you start on any supplements, it is best to consult your doctor on dosage and suitability.