Applications and Uses of L-Tryptophan

L-Tryptophan is used in Food, Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Health & Personal care products, Agriculture/Animal Feed/Poultry. L-Tryptophan is an essential amino acid used as a food additive and in nutritional supplements. 

L-Tryptophan is considered to be a nutrition enhancer and can be found in many nutritional supplements or as an additive in many foods. L-Tryptophan can be used as prevention of nicotinic acid deficiency in medicine.

L-Tryptophan uses as follows:


In Food Production

L-Tryptophan is used as Leavening agent, Oxidant, antioxidant in food such as  in bread, in fried foods, western-style cakes, cookies, quick cooking to prevent lipid oxidation, in fish preservative.

In Beverage

L-Tryptophan can be used as nutritional supplement in beverage..

In Pharmaceutical

L-Tryptophan can balance mood and sleep patterns, originally developed to treat depression in humans, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and other anti-depressants are now being prescribed for a much wider variety of disorders, including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, migraine headaches, sleep disturbances, weight loss, PMS, obesity, and back pain.

In Health and Personal care

In cosmetics and personal care products, L-Tryptophan function primarily as hair conditioning agents and skin conditioning agents – miscellaneous. L-Tryptophan may be used in cosmetics and personal care productssuch as in baby products, bath products, cleansing products, eye makeup, shaving preparations and hair and skin care products.

In Agriculture/Animal Feed/Poultry

L-Tryptophan is widely used as nutritional supplement in Agriculture/Animal Feed/Poultry feed. “L-Tryptophan 98% Feed Grade” is used to supplement feeds in order to meet the digestible tryptophan requirement of animals. It is used in young pigs to improve feed intake, growth rate and feed efficiency.

In Other Industries

L-Tryptophan is widely used as intermediate in various other industries.

  • As intermediate: in manufacturing of various organic chemicals.

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