melatonin safety (fwd)
rcb1 at LEX.LCCC.EDU
Thu Oct 12 09:55:01 EST 1995
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Date: 11 Oct 1995 15:13:48 -0400
From:mll6 at Lehigh.EDU
To: ageing at net.bio.net
Subject: Re: melatonin safety
In article <Pine.3.89.9510101953.A11659-0100000 at usibr01.usi.edu>, mmcwilli at USIBR
01.USI.EDU ("Mark A. McWilliams") writes:
>To whom it may concern,
> I was looking for someone to correspond to about questions I had
>about melatonin. The questions I had are: How is melatonin supplements
>produced? I've been reading various books and articles on melatonin and
>I've discovered something very shocking. Melatonin is a by-product of
>the amino acid tryptophan, right! The supplement tryptophan has been
>banned do to bad side effects produced by making synthetic tryptophan.
>What if they made melatonin out of synthetically produced tryptophan?
>Would that pose a health hazard? Just wondering.
>Please send response to:mmcwilli at risc.usi.edu
I read a short story about the tryptophan banning in a nutrition book.
Basically, the story is that a Japanese manufacturer of tryptophan sold 'bad'
quantities of it..'bad' because they were infected with a microbiological
organism (I forget the name) and caused several deaths. As far as I know,
tryptophan is by itself, harmless within some range (and good for sleep
quality); Its naturally high in milk and banannas (sp.? :>). Of course my
info is from reading the book.
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