Foods High in Tryptophan

Foods to Help you Sleep

Milk: If you are not dairy sensitive, a warm glass of milk before bed is a traditional sleep remedy.

Soy: Choose unflavored, organic soy milk, tofu, or fermented soy such as tempeh.

Meat: Fish, chicken, turkey, beef, and lamb are rich in tryptophan. Choose free range/organic meats to avoid pesticide and antibiotic residues.

Nuts: Most nuts are high in tryptophan and are a filling and healthy snack food. Try hazelnuts, almonds, and cashews along with raisins or dried cranberries.

Seeds: Sunflower, sesame, hemp, pumpkin, and garbanzo beans (make some humus) are all high in protein and tryptophan, add them into your nut mix!

Cheese: Swiss cheese (gruyere) is particularly high in tryptophan, while cottage, cheddar, Colby, and monterey jack are other good choices. Read labels carefully to choose cheese made from rBGH-Free dairy.

Fruit: Bananas, mangos, and dates all have some tryptophan, as well as dense green foods such as spirulina and blue-green algae.

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