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What does tryptophan treat?

Tryptophan, sold in supplement form as L-tryptophan, is used to treat conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, migraine headaches, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and fibromyalgia. It works by prompting the production serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects many body functions including mood, appetite and sleep.

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