Nutrient Combination-Niacin and Tryptophan

Food contains a mixture of nutrients that interact with one another sometimes they join forces, other times they cancel each other out. Many foods work well when eaten together because of the complementary nutrients each contains. When you consume food, certain dishes must be taken in combination with another to obtain better absorption and utilization of nutrients present in the foods. Therefore following are the list of nutrients that work in pairs which helps you in choosing foods.

Niacin and Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that your body cannot produce it, and it must be obtained from food sources. Our body uses tryptophan to manufacture niacin, a B vitamin, and serotonin, a neurotransmitter. Serotonin plays a role in regulating sleep and moods, and in controlling impulses in the brain. A severe deficiency in tryptophan can lead to insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability and unexpected weight loss or gain.

Thrive on: Tryptophan is found in cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soy products. Meanwhile, niacin is found in poultry, fish, lean meats, nuts, eggs and dairy products.


6 thoughts on “Nutrient Combination-Niacin and Tryptophan”

  1. Hi, you have a lovely informative blog! I find it very interesting to know about the in-depth details of various food and its nutrients… Me having completed a major in nutrition and dietetics, i find really informative articles here in your blog.. Great job 🙂

      1. Thank you Chanpreet 🙂 Looking forward to have more food conversations with you!!

        By the way, are you by any chance doing a course or something related to food and nutrients? Asking because you have written so many good articles related to food..

      2. You welcome…….well I Have done,, in Food Technology and working in a food field..and surely we gonna have more discussions on food and nutrition…..:)

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