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Posted by: Anthony Fernandez
Date: March 28, 2000 12:55 AM

The FDA banned L-trypophan from the market. I've suffered with insomnia, depression and anxiety for the last 10 years of my life, especially vulnerable in the month of April for some reason. Where can I get some L-tryptophan? Someone suggested I try a veterinarian, is this a viable option?

Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: March 29, 2000 5:10 AM

Most drug stores in the U.S. now carry a form of tryptophan, called 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan). If you can drink milk, one glass contains about 325 mg. of tryptophan, about what you used to get when you could buy supplements. Have you tried camomile and or valerian teas to help you sleep?

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