This formula is the result of years of research into the brain's many natural biochemical pathways, with the goal of maximizing healthy levels of serotonin.* The product is designed to promote an improved mood, restful sleep, and less irritability.*
L-Tryptophan is the amino acid that the body uses to make 5-HTP and then from there it makes serotonin.* How tryptophan is utilized in the body can depend upon a number of factors, such as the availability of certain vitamins and nutrients. It is for those who seek to maintain healthy serotonin levels and who wish to improve their nutritional balance of this essential amino acid that the Serotonin formula was developed.
The normal production of both Serotonin and Melatonin from L-Tryptophan depends on numerous enzymes - some of which are part of the L-Tryptophan > Serotonin pathway, and some of which are not. Each enzyme in this process depends, in turn, on specific cofactors and coenzymes. Without these, an enzyme is like a car without wheels, and the biochemical pathway may function poorly or become a dead end - forcing metabolites down alternative pathways that may produce side effects.
Getting the right nutrient to the right enzyme is the key.* Once in your cells, L-Tryptophan can follow many pathways. The challenge is to encourage and direct L-tryptophan to follow the one branch that leads to serotonin.*
Lidtke Medical has studied these pathways and has identified numerous cofactors and coenzymes that we believe will help maintain healthy serotonin levels, for a brighter outlook and a more productive life.*
A note on Quality
When taking tryptophan, high quality is crucial. LIDTKE TryptoGOLD™ is a high quality pharmaceutical grade material, meeting strict EP standards, which are better than USP standards. With Ultra Premium TryptoGOLD, Lidtke strives to bring a new level of purity and safety to all our products containing L-Tryptophan... custom made by a natural fermentation process.
Is there anything I should avoid when using this product?
There are three primary classes of drugs that you may want to avoid when taking L-Tryptophan. Conversely, when taking these prescription drugs, you may want to avoid L-Tryptophan supplements. These drugs include: SSRI's, Tricyclic's, and MAOI's. L-Tryptophan by itself behaves in a predictable way, and serotonin levels tend to respond as L-Tryptophan consumption increases.
These classes of drugs, though, operate in less predictable ways, and mixing L-Tryptophan with any of them could raise serotonin levels higher than desired. If you are working with a physician and would like to reduce your drug dosage in favor of taking a natural supplement, please have your doctor review The Hunter Serotonin Toxicity Criteria. It is our belief that numerous doctors have used this protocol with good results.