Recently we received an enquiry regarding supplementing Mindset with tryptophan:
Hi, Can I use tryptophan and your Mindset product together ?
In essence there is no problem using Tryptophan with Mindset.
However perhaps some food for thought is the following:
At Sevenpointfive we have always followed the reasoning that separating singular nutrients tends to go against natural food pathways and in most instances cause more imbalance than benefit. As an illustration consider the Supplement you are referring to, where, if not specifically taken in combination with other nutrients, it becomes less than useful or even useless.
Tryptophan occurs naturally in many foods such as turkey, beef, cottage cheese, almonds and peanuts where it is in a balanced combination of other nutrients. There is some argument in certain circles that the amount of Tryptophan occurring in food is 'too low' according to 'recommended' supplement quantities, however, we feel that it's natural combination is sufficient as it will be better utilised, as explained below.
The point of taking Tryptophan is because it is a precursor to serotonin, but it if taken improperly a tryptophan supplement can be ineffective.
Tryptophan, as a separate supplement, however, should be taken on an empty stomach so it doesn't have to compete with other amino acids for absorption. Without combining Vitamin C and a B-complex vitamins the entire point of taking tryptophan is lost as they are essential in supporting its process of actually becoming serotonin. For instance the niacin in B-complex will prevent the tryptophan from being used up as simply niacin.
Thus, as we try and Cleanse, Nourish and Balance the body to heal itself, it is always better to try and emulate nature, as we have in the Mindset formula. Eating foods rich in Tryptophan and using the Sevenpointfive Mindset would certainly achieve the desired aim.
These foods are rich in Tryptophan:
- Dairy products
- Meat (especially red meat)
- Sunflower and pumpkin seeds
I trust the above reply is useful to you, here's to a good nights sleep.