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bakeyser
Is tryptophan supplementation helpful? Or is it best to get the tryptophan from the food?

Appreciate it!

Thanks
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ValentinaGermania
I didn´t know what that is and read a bit about it.

Here in Germany the articles say that tryptophan should only be added when it is really missing (blood test) and that this is not often the case in industrial countries.
It is normally enough to eat carbohydrates and protein.
Tryptophan is weight-reducing and that is something you do not need at the moment [wink]
And it is turned into serotonin in the body and AN patients often have already a high serotonin level. That high serotonin level causes that they feel good with starvation. They normally have already a high concentration of tryptophan in their blood.
So if it is not really missing in the blood of your d (prooved by tests), I would not add that with supplements.
Tina72
Keep feeding. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Mamaroo
Hi, I've used 5htp and its relation to tryptophan is as follows: Tryptophan > 5-HTP > Serotonin > Melatonin

It is one of the essential amino acids. It can become deficient because we eat more grain fed meat than grass fed, which is a better source of tryptophan. I've given my d 5htp to get us all through the extinction burst phase. Please note not to use it while taking other SSRI meds. My d wasn't prescribed any other medication. If I can't sleep I'll take one capsule and it works very well.

D became obsessed with exercise at age 9 and started eating 'healthy' at age 9.5. Restricting couple of months later. IP for 2 weeks at age 10. Slowly refed for months on Ensures alone, followed by swap over with food at a snails pace. WR after a year at age 11 in March 2017. View my recipes on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKLW6A6sDO3ZDq8npNm8_ww
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Kali
Hi Bakeyser,

I don't believe that there is any clinical evidence that tryptophan is in any way effective for anorexia.

When my son was born he was given a lot of blood tests, and he had a low level of tryptophan. I was told to eat tryptophan rich foods since I was breastfeeding, and then when he was tested again he was fine. 

Has your daughter had blood work done? 

I'm attaching the pdf for the AED medical guidelines for eating disorders, if you want to read about what sorts of medical assessments are recommended.

warmly,

Kali
Food=Love
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