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L-TRYPTOPHAN EFFECTS ON WEIGHT REDUCTION, CRAVINGS AND DIABETES IN GLOBESITY BOOTCAMP FOR THE OBESE

L-Tryptophan, acting via serotonergic neurons in hypothalamic feeding center, alters satiety and food preference, decreases carbohydrate cravings, carbohydrate intake, and daily energy intake, and promotes weight loss.
L-Tryptophan, either endogenous or exogenous, decreases craving. Tryptophan levels are reduced in obese individuals (by 18-25%) and dietary tryptophan administration suppresses carbohydrate craving (by 40%).
L-Tryptophan increases insulin and incretins secretion. The effect results in better glycemic control in diabetics.