On the significance of the tryptophan content of foods

L. Valzelli, S. Bernasconi, S. Garattini

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Disturbances of tryptophan utilization or changes in dietary tryptophan intake have important implications for the brain serotonin activity that regulates the inhibitory control of either general or specific patterns of behavior. Reduced tryptophan absorption or intake has been consequently suggested as relevant in psychiatric disease and violent behavior. However, as yet hardly any pharmaceutical preparations of 1-tryptophan are available, and an alternative to tryptophan therapy may however be the prescription of appropriate diets with tryptophan-containing foods. The present study represents an attempt to cover the area at least partially.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-488
Number of pages4
JournalResearch Communications in Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavior
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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