L-Tryptophan: A Rational Anti-Depressant and a Natural Hypnotic?

@article{Boman1988LTryptophanAR,
  title={L-Tryptophan: A Rational Anti-Depressant and a Natural Hypnotic?},
  author={Bengt Boman},
  journal={Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry},
  year={1988},
  volume={22},
  pages={83 - 97}
}
  • Bengt Boman
  • Published in
    The Australian and New…
    1988
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • L-tryptophan is an essential amino acid which is the metabolic precursor of serotonin. Because of the evidence that serotonin deficiency may be an aetiological factor in some sorts of affective disorder and that serotonin is important in the biochemistry of sleep, L-tryptophan has been suggested as a “rational” anti-depressant and as a “natural” hypnotic. This paper reviews the biochemistry and pharmacology of L-tryptophan as well as the literature of the clinical trials that have been… CONTINUE READING

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